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Ahavat Olam

February 21, 2013, by

Ahavat Olam The second and concluding blessing before the recitation of the Shema is Ahava Rabbah which means, With an abundant Love. Ahava Rabbah expresses our recognition of the overflowing love that G-d has for His people. There is a dispute recorded in the Talmud Brachot 11B regarding the appropriate wording for the opening phrase […]

Ahavah Rabbah II

February 21, 2013, by

Vahavieynu Leshalom Mearbah Kanfot Haaretz, Vetoliychaynu komimiyut LeartzaynuHe will bring us in peace from the four corners of the earth standing upright to our land. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 17:7 writes that when we recite Vahavieynu Leshalom Mearbah Kanfot Haaretz……, we take the four Tzitzit from the four corners of the Tallith in our left […]

Shema Yisrael

February 21, 2013, by

Shema Yisrael After the recitation of the two blessings preceding Shema, we prepare to fulfill the Biblical commandment of reciting the Shema each morning. We cover our eyes with our right hand to block out any distractions and demonstrate that G-d is not seeable and say aloud the biblical verse– Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeynu Hashem […]

Shema Yisrael II

February 21, 2013, by

SHEMA YISRAEL II After the first pasuk, we recite “Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso Leolam Vaed – Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity. The simple understanding as to why we don’t say Baruch Shem out loud is because unlike the rest of the Shema, Baruch Shem is nowhere to be found […]

Vehaya Im Shamoa Tishmeuh

February 21, 2013, by

Vehaya Im Shamoa Tishmeuh The second paragraph of Shema originates from Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:13 and is referred to as Kabbalat Ol Mitzvoth (acceptance of the yoke of mitzvoth). The passage begins, “Vehaya Im Shamoa Tishmeu Mitzvosai Asher Anochi Metzaveh Eschem Hayom..”.- And it shall come to pass that if you (pl) listen and adhere to […]

Megillah

February 21, 2013, by

Megillah Tip As the children prepare to don their festive costumes this week and the final touches are being made to the Mishloach Manot packages, all of us are waiting with great anticipation for the reading of Megillat Esther. It is a moment we look forward to all year long – when else do you […]

Vayomer

February 21, 2013, by

Vayomer The third section of the Shema is Parshat Tzitzit, which originates in Bamidbar 5:37. It begins “Vayomer Hashem el Moshe Laymor Daber el Bnei Yisrael Veamarta Alayhem Veasu Lahem Tzitzit” – “And G-d spoke To Moshe saying that Bnei Yisrael shall make for themselves Tzitzit on the corner of their garments….” It concludes “Ani […]

Vayomer II

February 21, 2013, by

Vayomer II Ureitem Oto Uzechartem et kol Mitzvot Hashem Vaasitem Otam – And you shall see the Tzitzith and remember all the Mitzvoth and fulfill them. This verse provides the biblical source for wearing Tzitzith fringes outside one’s clothing in order Ureitem Oto – to be able to see them. Additionally our sages have taught […]

Emet Veyatziv Venachon

February 21, 2013, by

Emet Veyatziv Venachon After the Shema we recite a third blessing called Emet Veyatziv which surrounds Shema and serves as a prelude to the Amida-Silent Meditative Prayer. The Talmud Berachot 11B states that if one does not recite Emet Veyatziv each morning, he does not fulfill his daily prayer obligation. The book Seder Hayom documents […]

Al HaRishonim

February 21, 2013, by

Al Harishonim The middle (2nd) passage between Shema and the silent Amida is Al Harishonim Vea’l Haachronim – The Truth of G-d and His Torah are accepted and affirmed by both the Earlier and Later Generations. I would like to focus on the opening words of this Tefillah: “The Truth of G-d and His Torah […]