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HaKol Yoducha

February 26, 2013, by

Hakol Yoducha The Tefillah we recite after the blessing of Yotzair Ohr Uvoray Choshech on Shabbat morning is Hakol Yoducha-All will thank You. It is an expanded version of the regular Hameir LaAretz which we recite every day of the week besides Shabbat. It should be noted that HaKol Yoducha is unique to Shabbos and […]

Barchu

February 26, 2013, by

Barchu A story is told of a father waking his son up to go to shul on Shabbat morning. To his chagrin the son seems to be in a comatose state of Shabbos Menucha , the father exclaims, “You had better be in shul by Barchu”. The father arrives to shul, he davens Psukei Dzimra […]

Uvimakhalot Rivivot

February 26, 2013, by

Uvimakhalot Rivivot After the Chazzan chants “Befi Yesharim Tithallal,”“Through the mouths of the righteous He shall be praised,” the congregation continues with “Uvimakhalot Rivivot Amcha Beit Yisroel,” “In the tens of thousands of congregations of the House of Israel Your Name shall be glorified from generation to generation.” It is truly fitting that this moment […]

HaKel HaGadol

February 21, 2013, by

Tefillah Tips Hakel This opening prayer of Shacharit extols the strength, greatness and awesomeness of G-d. It then states that indeed G-d shall be praised, blessed and sanctified by all of Israel i.e. from the upright, the righteous, the pious as well as the holy ones. The Aruch Hashulchan – Rabbi Yechiel Michel HaLevy Epstein […]

Yishtabach

February 21, 2013, by

Yishtabach Yishtabach is the concluding blessing of the Pesukei Dezmira – the Chapters/Verses of Praise that we recite each morning before Shema and the Amidah. The reason the blessing of Yishtabach does not contain the prescribed Talmudic formula of Baruch Atoh HaShem Elokeinu Melech Haolam is because it is a Bracha Hasemucha Lechavertah –A blessing that […]

Yotzer Ohr

February 21, 2013, by

Yotzer Ohr After Barchu we recite the blessing – “Yotzer Ohr Uvoreh Choshech Oseh Shalom Uvoreh et HaKol” – “G-d fashions light, creates darkness, makes peace and creates everything”. This concise blessing contains within it the secrets of the universe. In order to understand it, we must ask a few questions: 1. What is the […]

E-l Adon

February 21, 2013, by

E-l Adon The Shulchan Aruch, Code of Jewish Law, states in the laws of Shabbat (OH 281:1) that on Shabbat morning, when one is less burdened with worldly responsibilities, it is customary to express greater amounts of praise then one does during the week. This is evident in the next poem we recite – “E-l […]

Chanukah Tips: Understanding Maoz Tzur

February 21, 2013, by

Chanukah Tips As we begin to celebrate Chanukah this week,we will aim to achieve a better understanding of the most well known song of Chanukah-“Maoz Tzur-Rock of Ages”. To identify the name of the author of Maoz Tzur,simply read the (acrostic) first letter of each stanza and you’ll see his name –Mordechai ים ִנָוָ י•ותֹרָ כ•יר […]

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh

February 21, 2013, by

KadoshKadoshKadosh Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Hashem TZevakos Meloh Chol Haaretz Kvodo – Holy, Holy, Holy is the G-d of Hosts that fills the entire world with His honor. This is one of the most well known verses in Jewish liturgy. We recite it three times each weekday morning – before the Shema, during the Kedushah, during […]

Baruch Kevod Hashem Mimkomo

February 21, 2013, by

Baruch Kevod Hashem Mimkomo “Vehaofanim Vechayos Hakodesh Biraash Gadol Misnassim…Baruch Kevod Hashem Mimkomo”- “And the Angels, Holy Creatures, with a great and loud tumult /noise recite…Blessed is the honor of Hashem from His Place.” This too is one of the most well known verses in Jewish liturgy. We recite it three times each weekday morning, […]