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Tefillah Tips: Ashrei VII

April 3, 2014, by

“דור לדור ישבח מעשיך וגבורתיך יגידו –From Generation to generation they will praise your works, and Your mighty acts they will relate.” From generation to generation is an often used phrase to showcase the need for Jewish awareness and continuity. The question is, what exactly should we be transmitting from generation to generation? Gefilte fish […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei VI

March 27, 2014, by

“גדול ה’ ומהולל מאד, ולגדלתו אין חקר –Hashem is great and exceedingly praised; and His greatness is beyond our investigation.” This is the third verse in Psalm 145; it therefore begins with the letter ג. This sentence logically follows the previous one. Last week we studied, “Every day I will bless You; and I will […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei V

March 19, 2014, by

“בכל יום אברכך, ואהללה שמך לעולם ועד – Every day I will acknowledge Your blessings; and I will praise Your name forever.” This is the second verse in the acrostic Psalm 145; it begins with the letter ב. The Radak on Tehillim points out that similar to our last verse, the two phrases relate to […]

Ashrei III

March 6, 2014, by

“אשרי העם שככה לו, אשרי העם שה’ אלוקיו– Happy/fortunate is the nation for whom this is so, Fortunate is the nation that has Hashem as their G-d.” Interestingly this verse is also not from the same psalm as the rest of the prayer. It is the last Pasuk in Psalm 144.  Why then is it […]

“I Had No Idea” The Impacts of an Eating Disorder on the Jewish Community: Holidays, Dating & Marriage

February 24, 2014, by

This year’s NEDAwareness Week theme is “I Had No Idea” to raise awareness towards the significant impact eating disorders have on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. The more people who learn about these life-threatening illnesses, the more lives we can save. Last year, 100% of U.S. states hosted NEDAwareness Week events and activities. […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei

February 12, 2014, by

The Talmud in Brachot 4B proclaims, “ Anyone who recites the Ashrei three times daily is destined to reside in עולם הבא –The World to Come. Ashrei is located twice in Shacharit and once in Mincha. It is evident that the Sages intended to link Ashrei with the reciting of Kedusha. The first Ashrei is […]