Ptach Libi

פְּתַח לִבִּי

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Avinu, av harachaman
Hamracheim, rachem aleinu.
Avinu, av harachaman
Hamrecheim, racheim aleinu

Ptach, ptach libi
Ptach libi betoratecha
Uvmitzvotecha, tirdof nafshi
Avinu av harachaman
אָבִינוּ, אָב הָרַחֲמָן
הַמְרַחֵם, רַחֵם עָלֵינוּ
אָבִינוּ, אָב הָרַחֲמָן
הַמְרַחֵם רַחֵם עָלֵינוּ

פְּתַח, פְּתַח לִבִּי
פְּתַח לִבִּי בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ
וּבְמִצְוֹתֶיךָ, תִּרְדֹּף נַפְשִׁי
אָבִינוּ אָב הָרַחֲמָן


Our merciful Father. The Merciful One. Have mercy on us.
Open my heart to Your Torah, and may my soul pursue your mitzvot.

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"Avinu, av harachaman, hamracheim, rachem aleinu" is from the prayer "Ahavat Olam," found in the liturgy before the morning Shema.

"Ptach libi betoratecha uvmitzvotecha, tirdof nafshi" is from the meditation after the Amida prayer. It is found in the Talmud on Berakhot 17a and is attributed to Mar bar Ravina from the 4th century.

There is a contemporary song by the Mesivta of Waterbury, Connecticut combining these two paragraphs.
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