The blog, Petach Libi, was started by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore as a followup to his college course: "Emotional Intelligence: The Role of Emotions in Torah and Secular Studies," which he taught at Michlalah College in Jerusalem. The goal of the blog is to present engaging and original material, as well as open a discussion among rabbis and educators, as to the importance of finding meaning, emotion and spirituality in Torah study.
The name of the blog is based on the words of the personal prayer recited at the end of each amidah:
אֱלֹקי. נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנִי מֵרָע וּשְׂפָתַי מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה. וְלִמְקַלְלַי נַפְשִׁי תִדֹּם. וְנַפְשִׁי כֶּעָפָר לַכֹּל תִּהְיֶה
פְּתַח לִבִּי בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ. וְאַחֲרֵי מִצְוֹתֶיךָ תִּרְדֹּף נַפְשִׁי
Elokai, netzur leshoni me'ra u'sifotai midaber mirma...
Petach libi b'Torotecha, v'acharei mitzvoteicha tirdof nafshi.
My G-d, guard my mouth from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully...
Open my heart to Your Torah and let my soul pursue your commandments.
The request that G-d open our heart to His Torah is repeated several times in the morning prayers: in the passage from the Zohar recited when taking the sefer Torah our of the ark - יְהֵא רַעֲוָא קֳדָמָךְ דְּתִפְתַּח לִבָּאִי בְּאוֹרַיְתָא - and in the prayer u'vo l'Tzion - הוּא יִפְתַּח לִבֵּנוּ בְּתוֹרָתוֹ. For the main thing is not that the Torah merely enter our minds, but our hearts and our entire beings. This is the goal of every true Torah educator.