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  1. MOMof4

    I recently lost some very valuable jewelry, can someone post the tefila for finding lost objects. any suggestions?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. kapusta
    CR Queen - “Best of luck. Avoid roasted cabbage, don’t eat earwax, and look on the bright side of life!”

    MOMof4, google "tefilla for lost objects" and click on the first link that comes up. It's a picture so I cant copy it.

    good luck finding it.


    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. rabbiofberlin

    there is a segulah that if you give zedokoh to a "R' meir baal haness" pushka, you will find the object or remember where it is. Astonishingly enough, I have tried it a number of times and it actually works !

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. Joseph
    the first

    There is a long standing custom to give money li'iluy nishmas Rebbi Meir Baal HaNess, as a way to find lost objects (see special tefila for this below) or for help in any area of life. The money should go, specifically, to help the poor of Eretz Yisroel.

    The Chida says that the source for this custom is the Gemara (Avodah Zara 18a-b) where Rebbi Meir bribed a guard to release his imprisoned sister-in-law. The guard asked what happens if he's caught and Rebbi Meir told him to say Eloka D'Meir Aneini (G-d of Meir answer me) and he would be saved, and that's what happened. From there comes the custom of donating money or oil for the neshama of Rebbi Meir, saying Eloka D'Meir Aneini, 3 times.

    Rebbi Meir Baal HaNess said he would help those that gave to the poor of Eretz Yisroel, for the sake of his neshama.

    After giving tzedaka, say 3 times:

    אמר רבי בנימין, הכל בחזקת סומין, עד שהקדוש ברוך הוא מאיר את עיניהם. מן הכא, ויפקח אלוקים את עיניה ותרא באר מים, ותלך ותמלא את החמת.
    אלהא דמאיר ענני, אלהא דמאיר ענני, אלהא דמאיר ענני. בזכות הצדקה שאני נודב לעילוי נשמת רבי מאיר בעל הנס, זכותו יגן עלינו, למצוא את האבידה שאיבדתי

    To translate:

    Rabbi Binyamin said: All are in the presumed status of blind people, until The Holy One, Blessed Be He, enlightens their eyes. From here {Bereishit 21:19}
    יט וַיִּפְקַח אֱלֹהִים אֶת-עֵינֶיהָ, וַתֵּרֶא בְּאֵר מָיִם; וַתֵּלֶךְ וַתְּמַלֵּא אֶת-הַחֵמֶת, מַיִם, וַתַּשְׁקְ, אֶת-הַנָּעַר. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

    {The derivation being that the well was always there, but Hagar did not see it. Only after praying did Hashem open her eyes and she saw what was already there.}

    God of Meir, answer me. God of Meir, answer me. God of Meir, answer me.
    In the merit of the charity that I give to the ascending of the soul of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes, may his merit protect us, may I find the lost article that I lost.

    The first part, of Amar Rabbi Binyamin, is a citation from Bereishis Rabba 53:14. When Rabbi Binyamin said this, he had no idea that his devar Torah would be developed into a segulah. The second part, about Rabbi Meir, has its basis in Mesechtes Avodah Zarah 18a-b.

    One good part of this segulah, from the perspective of the Amar Rabbi Binyamin part, is that if one really understands what he is saying, then this leads to a transformative realization. A person thinks he is on top of things. And suddenly cannot find something. Realize that all is in the hands of Heaven. If you want to find it, pray to Hashem, as Hagar did. It is probably there, under your nose, but you just cannot see it until Hashem enables you to.

    It would seem to be appropriate for an object right under your nose, or in your pile of papers. But for someone to discover your item across town and bring it to you, for example -- well, this is not really the same as being bechezkas sumin. That is not blindness, but actual recovery of what was lost. But perhaps by extension.

    The second part, Elaka DeMeir Aneini also has basis, as mentioned above, in Avodah Zarah 18a-b. The gemara there reads:

    ברוריא דביתהו דר' מאיר ברתיה דר' חנינא בן תרדיון הואי אמרה לו זילא בי מלתא דיתבא אחתאי בקובה של זונות שקל תרקבא דדינרי ואזל אמר אי לא איתעביד בה איסורא מיתעביד ניסא אי עבדה איסורא לא איתעביד לה ניסא אזל נקט נפשיה כחד פרשא אמר לה השמיעני לי אמרה ליה דשתנא אנא אמר לה מתרחנא מרתח אמרה לו נפישין טובא <ואיכא טובא הכא> דשפירן מינאי אמר ש"מ לא עבדה איסורא כל דאתי אמרה ליה הכי אזל לגבי שומר דידה א"ל הבה ניהלה אמר ליה מיסתפינא ממלכותא אמר ליה שקול תרקבא דדינרא פלגא פלח ופלגא להוי לך א"ל וכי שלמי מאי איעביד א"ל אימא אלהא דמאיר ענני ומתצלת א"ל ומי יימר דהכי איכא [א"ל השתא חזית] הוו הנהו כלבי דהוו קא אכלי אינשי שקל קלא שדא בהו הוו קאתו למיכליה אמר אלהא דמאיר ענני שבקוה ויהבה ליה לסוף אשתמע מילתא בי מלכא אתיוה אסקוה לזקיפה אמר אלהא דמאיר ענני אחתוה אמרו ליה מאי האי אמר להו הכי הוה מעשה אתו חקקו לדמותיה דר' מאיר אפיתחא דרומי אמרי כל דחזי לפרצופא הדין לייתיה יומא חדא חזיוהי רהט אבתריה רהט מקמייהו על לבי זונות איכא דאמרי בשולי <עובדי כוכבים> {גוים} חזא טמש בהא ומתק בהא איכא דאמרי אתא אליהו אדמי להו כזונה כרכתיה אמרי חס ושלום אי ר' מאיר הוה לא הוה עביד הכי קם ערק אתא לבבל איכא דאמרי מהאי מעשה ואיכא דאמרי ממעשה דברוריא:

    Beruria, the wife of R. Meir, was a daughter of R. Hanina b. Teradion. Said she [to her husband], 'I am ashamed to have my sister placed in a brothel.' So he took a tarkab-full of denarii and set out. If, thought he, she has not been subjected to anything wrong, a miracle will be wrought for her, but if she has committed anything wrong, no miracle will happen to her. Disguised as a knight, he came to her and said, 'Prepare thyself for me.' She replied, 'The manner of women is upon me.' 'I am prepared to wait,' he said. 'But,' said she, 'there are here many, many prettier than I am.' He said to himself, that proves that she has not committed any wrong; she no doubt says thus to every comer. He then went to her warder and said, 'Hand her over to me. He replied, 'I am afraid of the government.' 'Take the tarkab of dinars.' said he, 'one half distribute [as bribe], the other half shall be for thyself.' 'And what shall I do when these are exhausted?' he asked. 'Then,' he replied, 'say, "O God of Meir, answer me!" and thou wilt be saved.' 'But,' said he, 'who can assure me that that will be the case?' He replied, 'You will see now.' There were there some dogs who bit anyone [who incited them]. He took a stone and threw it at them, and when they were about to bite him he exclaimed, 'O God of Meir answer me!' and they let him alone. The warder then handed her over to him. At the end the matter became known to the government, and [the warder] on being brought [for judgment] was taken up to the gallows, when he exclaimed, 'O God of Meir answer me.' They took him down and asked him what that meant, and he told them the incident that had happened. They then engraved R. Meir's likeness on the gates of Rome and proclaimed that anyone seeing a person resembling it should bring him there. One day [some Romans] saw him and ran after him, so he ran away from them and entered a harlot's house. Others say he happened just then to see food cooked by heathens and he dipped in one finger and then sucked the other. Others again say that Elijah the Prophet appeared to them as a harlot who embraced him. God forbid, said they, were this R. Meir, he would not have acted thus! [and they left him]. He then arose and ran away and came to Babylon. Some say it was because of that incident that he ran to Babylon; others say because of the incident about Beruria.

    Thus, we see that calling out to the God of Meir can be effective.

    (Above culled from 2 external sources.)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. MOMof4

    Thank you all for your help. I said it, and gave $ to reb meir's tzedaka-- I hope it works!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. Joseph
    the first

    Good luck and keep your finger's crossed!

    Oh wait, that's a pagan tradition, never mind.

    Keep us posted though.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. sunflower

    a relative of mine lost her watch in the summer and we searched every possible place but it didnt turn up. so i decided, why am i nt saying the bracha? i went a promised money and not even a minute later my relative came upstairs screaming we found it! its a really amazing segulah and i hope it works for you!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. Y.W. Editor
    Key Master

  9. mom12

    the sgula always worked for me accept twice...when my son lost his tfillin (I'm still waiting for them to show up)...and my k'suba ..Ilooked for it but I'm still waiting as well I never give up on Rebbe Meir Baal Haness!!!!!!!!!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. Joseph
    the first

    mom12, I assume you have had written a new kesuba since the original went missing. If so, I do believe even if the original is found, it needs to be "scribbled" upon that it is no longer the kesuba in force (as the newer one has replaced it.)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. NY Mom

    In my seminary year in Eretz Yisroel, our school went on a tiyul to the North. One of our stops was at the kever of R' Meir Baal Haness (which if I remember correctly, is in Teverya). When we got there, a few of the girls took out their own siddurim which had a Tehillim included, to say a few kapitlach, but others didn't have their own so they looked around. In one area, there were siddurim/Tehillim which was for public use. One of us picked one up and inside was written the name of one of the girls in our seminary. When we showed it to her, she said, "I lent this to a friend in another seminary! I didn't even know it was missing!"

    How about that! She finds a lost item at the kever of R' Meir Baal Haness and she didn't even know it was missing!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. d a
    The Original

    Reb Binyomin and I are very close friends! Whenever I lose something, I look all over for it. Then I start saying אמר רבי בנימין, הכל בחזקת סומין and many times, even before I am finished saying the entire tjing, the object is in front of my face!! Its amazing!

    I hear that some people say it evem to find a parking space! (but I don't [cause I don't drive!!!])

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. mepal

    da, lol. You choose your friends wisely ;)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  14. oomis
    Best Bubby EVER

    "There were there some dogs who bit anyone [who incited them]. He took a stone and threw it at them, and when they were about to bite him he exclaimed, 'O God of Meir answer me!' and they let him alone"

    Anyone know the exact quote when one is confronted by dogs that might bite. "Is it : U'l'chol Yisroel lo yecheratz kelev l'shono?" Please post the correct posuk if I have misquoted.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  15. squeak
    Makes smalltalk with the two most sandy ectoplasmic beings on Earth (not to mention the Man on the Moon).

    oomis - The passuk is in Shemos, 11:7. Not that I am validating the segula you are mentioning. I don't even understand what barking has to do with biting.

    ולכל בני ישראל לא יחרץ כלב לשנו למאיש ועד בהמה למען תדעון אשר יפלה ה' בין מצרים ובין ישראל

    Posted 7 years ago #
  16. MOMof4

    I still havent found any of the missing jewelry.
    Thank YW mod-i checked the site and it's not on it but I did post my bracelet as missing.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  17. emi

    I just tonight put money aside and cried my way through reading the paragraph three times. Then I searched my house again for a lost family chuppa for my daughters wedding. Thank G-d I found it within a half hour, and that was after I had searched the very same room TWICE, before saying the paragraph. THANK G-D.

    Posted 4 years ago #

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