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Kabbalat Shabbat

February 26, 2013, by

It is with great pleasure that we resume our Tefillah Tips. We have just concluded eleven weeks of tefillah tips for Shabbat mussaf which have been archived on www.oucommunity.org, in the Tefillah section. We now focus on Kabbalat Shabbat and welcome your feedback. Our Friday night tefillot differ from all other tefillot of the week. […]

Shabbat Mussaf

February 26, 2013, by

The heart of the Mussaf prayer is the Divine Command of the offering stated in Sefer Bamidbar, 28:9-10.  “And on the Sabbath Day you shall bring two male first year lambs….” On Rosh Chodesh, in addition to two bulls and a ram, there are seven lambs brought.  On Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkoth, Rosh Hashanah and Yom […]

Tikanta Shabbos

February 26, 2013, by

The mid-section of the Shabbat Mussaf prayer is, “Tikanta Shabbat Ratzita Korbanoteha –        G-d,You instituted the Shabbat and have taken pleasure in its offerings…” The first thing to note regarding this Tefillah is that it is a reverse acrostic. The prayer begins with Tof and continues backwards through the alphabet until Alef. Reverse acrostics are […]

Kedushah II

February 26, 2013, by

We learned last week that reciting Kedushah is literally chanting the angelic songs of heaven. In this tip we will attempt to understand the structure and content of Kedushah. Naaritzecha Venakdishecha Kesod Siach Sarfei Kodesh… We will express our awe of You and sanctify You just as the angels do in heaven… The commentaries explain […]

Kedusha

February 26, 2013, by

The Shabbat Mussaf prayer symbolizes the Sacrificial Mussaf (offering) that was offered in the Temple. Just as the Mussaf offering was brought before the seventh hour of the day, so too our Mussaf prayer should be recited before the seventh hour of the day. Just as the Mussaf offering was brought between the daily morning […]

Kaddish 2

February 26, 2013, by

The cantor sings, “Yisgadal Veyiskadash Shemay Rabbah – May His (God’s) Name be made great and sanctified.” The congregation responds with a thunderous chant, “Yehey Shmey Rabbah Mevorach Leolam Ulalmey Almayah – May God’s great name be blessed forever and ever in this world and beyond.”   What does it mean that God’s name should be […]

Kaddish

February 26, 2013, by

Before and after we recite Mussaf, the Chazzan leads us in one of the most well-known prayers to Jews worldwide: the Kaddish. The word Kaddish is actually Aramaic and means Kadosh – Holy. There are several types of Kaddish, which can be a subject for another time. The sages discuss why such an important prayer […]

Mizmor LeDovid

February 26, 2013, by

When returning the Torah to the Ark we recite Mizmor LeDovid-Psalm 24.  This prayer is also included in our liturgy as the sixth Psalm recited on Friday night prior to the singing of Lecha Dodi. Due to the importance and holiness of the prayer, we always stand when reciting it. The Tur, Rav Yaakov Ben […]

Yehallu Et Shem Hashem

February 26, 2013, by

After the Chazzan/Shaliyach Tzibur concludes the Ashrei, he takes hold of the Torah that was just read, clutches it to his right shoulder and chants, “Yehallelu Et Shem Hashem Ki Nisgav Shemo Levado…They shall praise the name of G-d because His name ALONE is exalted,” (Psalm 148:13). The congregation then joins in unison and sings, […]

Ashrei

February 26, 2013, by

The Talmud in Brachot 4B proclaims, “Anyone who recites the Ashrei, Psalm 145, three times a day is a confirmed future recipient of Olam Habah—eternal reward in the World to Come.” Ashrei is found twice in Shacharit and once in Mincha. It is evident that the Sages intended to link Ashrei with the reciting of […]