ברוך אתה ה’ שומע תפלה
BLESSED ARE YOU HASHEM THAT HEARS PRAYER
We thank You Hashem for the great kindliness, that the King of the Universe is willing and is even pleased to hear our prayers. “Hakadosh Baruch Hu strongly desires the prayers of tzaddikim” (Yevamos 64a), because He strongly desires their perfection, and Prayer is indeed a means of gaining great perfection of mind and of character. This, too, is included in our thanks to Hashem Who not only hears, but strongly desires to hear the tefillos of His righteous nation Yisroel.