Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #54-55

[adapted by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

#54
The second blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei is called "Gevura" (strength). It discusses Hashem’s heroic strength and power. This "Gevura" is always present, even if it is sometimes hidden. The greatest example that we will ever see of this is Techiyat Ha-Meitim - the Resurrection of the Dead, which will occur at some point after the coming of the Mashiach. This miraculous event could certainly only be performed by Hashem. We know that this will eventually happen, even if it may be a long way away. We wait and never give up.
It is important to note that Techiyat Ha-Meitim applies not just to individuals. It also applies to nations. Exile is filled with terrible pains and suffering. People have thought for centuries that the Jewish People would disappear. But the Jewish People are being reborn even stronger and greater than before. Hashem restores us to life, both as individuals and as Klal Yisrael.

#55
In the third blessing of "Ha-Kel Ha-Kadosh", we say to Hashem that "Kedoshim praise you daily." Who are these Kedoshim? One explanation is that these are the "Melachim" (angels). Another explanation is that we are the Kedoshim. Am Yisrael is the Kedoshim. These aren't necessarily contradictory explanations. The Ramchal explains that someone who becomes a Kadosh becomes like an angel. Hashem made angels and He also made people that can become like angels. We can become Kedoshim through our actions, thoughts and treatment of others. Learning Torah is a part of this. But we also have to act in a holy way. If someone learns a lot of Torah but acts improperly or dishonestly, it is a tremendous desecration of Hashem. People question if the Torah and its mitzvot are worth anything if someone who is supposedly a Torah Jew acts badly.