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Tefillah Tips

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei X

June 19, 2014, by

“זכר רב טובך יביעו, וצדקתך ירננו – The memory of Your abundant goodness they shall express, and of Your righteousness they will sing.”

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei IX

June 12, 2014, by

“ועזוז נוראתיך יאמרו, וגדולתך אספרנה – And they shall express the mightiness of Your deeds; Your greatness I will reveal.”

Shavuot Tips

May 29, 2014, by

We are now under a week away from the great holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is arguably the most significant day on the calendar.  As the great Rav Yosef of the Talmud advanced: “Were it not for that day, when the Torah was given, I would have been like many other Josephs wandering in the marketplace!” […]

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 […]