Rabbi Ephraim Epstein

Rabbi Ephraim Epstein, Eds, is the rabbi at Sons of Israel, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Haggadah Tips

April 11, 2014, by

As we sing and eat our way through the night there are plenty of customs and rituals to give definition and meaning to the evening(s). I would like to focus on one of many poignant moments during the sedarim. Yachatz -meaning dividing- is when the Seder leader breaks the middle Matzoh into two. The smaller piece is maintained with […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei VII

April 3, 2014, by

“דור לדור ישבח מעשיך וגבורתיך יגידו –From Generation to generation they will praise your works, and Your mighty acts they will relate.” From generation to generation is an often used phrase to showcase the need for Jewish awareness and continuity. The question is, what exactly should we be transmitting from generation to generation? Gefilte fish […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei VI

March 27, 2014, by

“גדול ה’ ומהולל מאד, ולגדלתו אין חקר –Hashem is great and exceedingly praised; and His greatness is beyond our investigation.” This is the third verse in Psalm 145; it therefore begins with the letter ג. This sentence logically follows the previous one. Last week we studied, “Every day I will bless You; and I will […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei V

March 19, 2014, by

“בכל יום אברכך, ואהללה שמך לעולם ועד – Every day I will acknowledge Your blessings; and I will praise Your name forever.” This is the second verse in the acrostic Psalm 145; it begins with the letter ב. The Radak on Tehillim points out that similar to our last verse, the two phrases relate to […]

Ashrei III

March 6, 2014, by

“אשרי העם שככה לו, אשרי העם שה’ אלוקיו– Happy/fortunate is the nation for whom this is so, Fortunate is the nation that has Hashem as their G-d.” Interestingly this verse is also not from the same psalm as the rest of the prayer. It is the last Pasuk in Psalm 144.  Why then is it […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei

February 12, 2014, by

The Talmud in Brachot 4B proclaims, “ Anyone who recites the Ashrei three times daily is destined to reside in עולם הבא –The World to Come. Ashrei is located twice in Shacharit and once in Mincha. It is evident that the Sages intended to link Ashrei with the reciting of Kedusha. The first Ashrei is […]

Tefillah Tips: Baruch Sheamar IX

January 9, 2014, by

We conclude our study of Baruch with the closing phraseology of the Tefillah. “יחיד חי העולמים… מלך מהולל בתשבחות- G-d who is One, Life Giver of all worlds… the King that is lauded with praises.”