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Birchot Hashachar VI

June 6, 2013, by

The next two blessings we recite are אוזר ישראל בגבורה-G-d girds Israel with strength and עוטר ישראל בתפארה- G-d crowns Israel with splendor. Simply understood these two blessings correspond to different stages of our getting dressed in the morning.

Tefillah Tips: Birchot Hashachar

May 1, 2013, by

Birchot Hashachar Cont. In his classic work, Chovos Halevovos, Rabbi Bahya ibn Paquda of Saragossa, Spain, describes the human phenomenon whereby people do not appreciate how good their lives really are. He explains the matter with the following metaphor: “If a baby is rescued from a wild jungle and nurtured, raised, protected and educated in […]

Birchat Hashachar- Continued

April 26, 2013, by

The next two blessings, #7 & 8 of Birkat Hashachar acknowledge G-d, Hashem as the Matir Assurim – ‘who releases the constrained’ and Zokayf Kefufim – ‘who straightens up the bent’. After thanking Hashem for opening our eyes and providing clothing, we now focus on our actual awakening from sleep and our actively arising from bed and stepping into our day.

Birchot Hashachar III

April 16, 2013, by

In his classic work, Chovos Halevovos, Rabbi  Bahya ibn Paquda of Saragossa, Spain, describes the human phenomenon whereby people do not appreciate how good their lives really are. He explains the matter with the following metaphor: “If a baby is rescued from a wild jungle and nurtured, raised, protected and educated in a traditional home, the child will eventually expect the good […]

Prayer for the Soldiers

March 21, 2013, by

Misheberach l’Chayalai Tzahal Our need to identify with Tzahal and to pray for its success should be part of our daily prayers: for children in school, people in shul, and on erev Shabbat when we light the candles. We can all unite behind Tzahal. Hopefully, hundreds of thousands of voices raised in prayer will have […]

Kabbalat Shabbat

February 26, 2013, by

It is with great pleasure that we resume our Tefillah Tips. We have just concluded eleven weeks of tefillah tips for Shabbat mussaf which have been archived on www.oucommunity.org, in the Tefillah section. We now focus on Kabbalat Shabbat and welcome your feedback. Our Friday night tefillot differ from all other tefillot of the week. […]