Hannah Farkas

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 […]

Let’s Talk About Us

February 21, 2013, by

Let’s Talk About Us After a couple goes out for a reasonable amount of time; it is common for one of the two to say to the other, “Let’s talk about us”. The purpose of this discussion is to assess the relationship, both its strengths and challenges; as well as deciding where do we take […]

Let Us Say Amen

February 20, 2013, by

Let Us Say Amen Over the course of the next few weeks Jews around the world will be spending a lot of time in shul. One of the most spoken words by all Jews in synagogues is AMEN. What does AMEN mean anyway? It is one of the first words we learn to say for […]

Uvah Letzion Goel Uleshavei Pesha Beyaakov

February 20, 2013, by

Uvah Letzion Goel Uleshavei Pesha Beyaakov Shabbat Mincha like all other Mincha prayers throughout the week begins with Psalm 145, Ashrei. We have already learned about Ashrei in our Mussaf Tips – (see there). The second Tefillah is one that we also recite all week long in the morning at the end of Shacharit; it […]

Uvah Letzion Goel Uleshavei Pesha Beyaakov II

February 20, 2013, by

Uvah Letzion II Can you imagine a young man and women deeply in love and committed to one another for life that are forced to be apart for awhile due to unforeseen circumstances? The impending separation is so devastating not only because they will be apart, but because the amount of time they will be […]