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The unbounded prayer on behalf of the community and the restricted prayer of the individual also manifest in the time periods when each may approach G-d. Talmud (Rosh Hashana 18a) says that prayer by and on behalf of the community is always appropriate. It can ameliorate even a negative decree that has been signed. The 10 day High Holiday period, when G-d is most discoverable and approachable, is most appropriate for prayers by and for the individual asking G-d for forgiveness and positive decrees for the coming year. That is the window of opportunity for the poor individual to approach G-d and ask for favors.

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Rabbi Joshua Rapps attended the Rav's shiur at RIETS from 1977 through 1981 and is a musmach of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan. He and his wife Tzipporah live in Edison, N.J. Rabbi Rapps can be contacted at [email protected].