“You walled Yourself in with a cloud so that prayer could not pass” (32a-32b)

Some have argued that when The Temple was destroyed, prayer replaced sacrifice. And yet today’s daf reminds us that both sacrifice and prayer existed side by side and that when The Temple was destroyed not only did the sacrificial system end but “the gates of prayer were locked as well”. Luckily while the gates of prayer were locked “the gates of tears have not been locked”.  

So we are left with our prayers and the additional sadness that they cannot penetrate the locked gates. And so we turn to our tears, hoping and praying that they will pass through the gates.

But what happens if it’s a cloudy day and God walls in Godself within the cloud? How can my prayer ever pass through the wall?  

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