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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, […]

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 […]