Hannah Farkas

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 […]

Yom Haatzmaut

February 21, 2013, by

Yom Haatzmaut Tip When G-d miraculously took the Israelites out of Egypt 3323 years ago, it was with one destination in mind: Eretz Yisrael, The Land of Israel. The divine promise/covenant that G-d pledged to our forefathers and mothers four hundred and forty years earlier was realized in the year 2488, when Joshua led the […]

Ezrat Avoteinu

February 21, 2013, by

Ezrat Avoteinu The Final Tefillah before engaging in the Shacharit Amidah / Silent Meditative Prayer is Ezrat Avoteinu Atoh Hu Meolam – Hashem, You have been the support and salvation for our forefathers since the beginning….. The subject of this Tefillah is Geulah –Redemption, and it concludes with Baruch Atoh Hashem Ga’al Yisrael – Blessed are You […]

Tzur Yisroel

February 21, 2013, by

Tzur Yisroel I am writing this Tefillah Tip from the holy city of Jerusalem, the city of prayer and the historic and eventual location of the Beit Hamikdash, The Holy Temple. On the plane ride to Israel last week, I was inspired when I considered that I was travelling in the same direction as the […]

Shavuot

February 21, 2013, by

Shavuot The Hebrew word Zachor – Remember is so often associated with our remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust and the murder of six million Jews. Yet for over two thousand years Jews have been chanting Zachor six times every morning after prayers. The early Kabbalists prescribed that we pronounce Six Remembrances every day: 1) […]

Yismach Moshe

February 21, 2013, by

Yismach Moshe Yismach Moshe Bimatnat Chelko Ki Eved Neeman Karahta lo. Kelil Tiferet Birosho Natata Lo Beamdo Lifanecha Al Har Sinai – Moshe rejoiced in the gift of his portion; that You called him a faithful servant. A crown of splendor You placed on/in his head when he stood before You at Mt Sinai. Ushnei […]

Veshamru Bnei Yisrael Et Hashabbat

February 21, 2013, by

Veshamru Bnei Yisrael Et Hashabbat The concluding verse in Yismach Moshe states: Ushnei Luchot Avanim…. Vechatuv Bahem Shemirat Shabbat – Vecheyn Katuv Bitoratecha – Moshe descended from the mountain and brought forth the Stone Tablets with the Guarding of Shabbat carved into them; as it states in scripture Exodus 31:16 Veshamru Bnei Yisrael Et HaShabbat […]

Haggadah Insights

February 21, 2013, by

As we sing and eat our way through the seder night there are plenty of customs and rituals that give definition and meaning to the evening(s).

Elul & LeDavid Hashem Ori

February 21, 2013, by

Elul and Holiday Tips As we begin the month of Elul and the forty day march towards the Days of Judgment, we recite Psalm 27 after the daily blasts of the shofar – “LeDovid Hashem Ori Veyishi.. – G-d is my light and my salvation”. Our sages explain that Ori – my light, refers to […]