The גמרא says that when ר' אבא went to
Eretz Yisroel, he davened :
רעוא דאימא מילתא דתתקבל “
The גמרא continues and says:
ר' אבא tried
to answer a question asked by
the חכמים but they repeatedly laughed at
ר' אושעיא defended the חכמים laughing at ר' אבא.
The חתם סופר (O.Ch. 208) writes that the חז"ל
who were laughing at ר' אבא were trying to teach us
that it is wrong to daven that your words should be
accepted by others. If you believe something to be
true, then it doesn’t matter if others agree with you
or not. It is not important for you to convince others
to change their minds to agree with you.
It is very puzzling, because the חתם סופר himself
in Teshuva# 60 O.Ch. starts his answer to a שאלה
with the exact same תפילה:
ויהא רעוא דאימא מלתא
Perhaps, we can explain this contradiction of Der
Teshuva #60 deals
with a situation after the War
n 1809, when the city of Pressburg lay in ruins.
Hundreds of homes were destroyed and damaged
by the shells fired across the Danube by Napoleon's
Army. Close to two hundred houses were totally
burned down to the ground. Many other homes
were damaged and were inhabitable.
Winter was approaching, and homes were desperately
needed. The שאלה was if it was permissible to allow
Goyim to build and repair the houses on Shabbos.
The חתם סופר was desperate to be מתיר and found
a היתר that he wasn't altogether comfortable with. He
writes that he wouldn’t rely on his היתר unless other
Rabbanim would agree with him.
The תפילה of ויהא
רעוא דאימא מלתא דתתקבל that the
חתם סופר davened for, wasn't that his opponents
should change their minds and agree with him.
Such a תפילה would be wrong.
The חתם סופר davened that the other Rabbanim
would also agree with his היתר so that the homeless
Yidden shouldn’t have to suffer any longer.אמבצי
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