Rabbi Ephraim Epstein

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

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.”

Tefillah Tip: Baruch Sheamar VIII

January 2, 2014, by

The Tefilla continues “ובשירי דוד עבדך נהללך ה’ אלוקנו בשבחות ובזמרות- and with the psalms of David Your servant we shall laud You with praises and songs.”

Baruch Sheamar VII

December 27, 2013, by

The next phrase in the tefilla that we will examine is, “המהולל בפי עמו, משובח ומפואר בלשון חסידיו ועבדיו-]G-d [is lauded by the mouths of his people and praised and glorified by the tongues of his pious followers and servants”.