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Is there a prayer I can say to assist me in my battle against my Yetzer Hara?

by Rabbi Shalom Hazan


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The Talmud says that if the Yetzer Hara is bothering you, take him to the study-hall. In other words, learn some Torah. The best way to get rid of the Yetzer Harah (though it is a constant battle) is to busy oneself with positive things. This can include doing people favors, studying Torah, reciting Psalms, etc., etc. So, we don’t just have one specific prayer. We have the entire Jewish experience, as it were, against one Yetzer Harah. That should be enough.


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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Usually referring to the Babylonian edition, it is a compilation of Rabbinic law, commentary and analysis compiled over a 600 year period (200 BCE - 427 CE). Talmudic verse serves as the bedrock of all classic and modern-day Torah-Jewish literature.
Yetzer Hara
Evil inclination. Found in the heart of all humans, and also known as the "Animal Soul"; its purpose is to deter a person from following a life of spirituality and selflessness.
The Book of Psalms. One of the 24 books of the Bible. Compiled by King David; mostly comprised of poetic praise for G-d. A large part of our prayers are culled from this book.