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Tefillah Tips – Hallelukah Ki Tov – 14 Conclusion
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Yishlach Devaro Veyamses, Yashev Rucho Yizlu Mayim. Maggid Devarav Leyaakov, Chukav Umishpatav Leyisrael…. G-d sends His word and makes the snow melt, He makes the wind blow and the waters flow. G-d shares His detailed words to Jacob, His laws and statutes to Israel. G-d did not do all of the above for any other […]
Hallelukah Ki Tov – 14 Conclusion
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Yishlach Devaro Veyamses, Yashev Rucho Yizlu Mayim. Maggid Devarav Leyaakov, Chukav Umishpatav Leyisrael…. G-d sends His word and makes the snow melt, He makes the wind blow and the waters flow. G-d shares His detailed words to Jacob, His laws and statutes to Israel. G-d did not do all of the above for any other […]
Tefillah Tips – Tefillin
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Our Tefillin contain four passages from the Torah. The first two are taken from the Shema, like a Mezuzah. The other two are from this week’s Parsha – Bo. They are from the seventh Aliyah – Chapters 13:1–10 and 13:11-16. They are included in our Tefillin because the Mitzvah of donning Tefillin is mentioned in […]
Tefillah Tips – The Building Committee
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When I read the Parshiyot about the construction of the Mishkan – Tabernacle each year I wonder about the building committee that Moshe appointed. The Torah tells us every detail about the architecture, collection of funds and the construction of the Tabernacle, but not much about the committee. I wonder if there was committee politics, […]
Tefillah Tips – Rising To the Occasion
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I once listened to a Drasha by HaRav Zev Leff shlitta who quoted the verse: Eis Tzarah Hee Leyaakov Umimenah Yivasheyah – It is a difficult time for Jacob, and from it he will be saved. Rav Leff explained the verse differently – It is a difficult time for Jacob, and From it He Will […]
Tefillah Tips – Bar Mitzvah Reflections
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I am writing this article two days after I celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of my oldest son Nesanel. The Monday night festive meal as well as the Shabbat Services that he led at Congregation Sons of Israel was a thrill for my wife and I, our families and all those present. I would actually like […]
Tefillah Tips – I Hope So
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HOPE is vital for the stability and success of challenges, relationships and organizations. Who hasn’t experienced setbacks and disappointments? The Path of the Just writes that the human life span is approximately eighty years and is fraught with difficulties and discomfort. Is it any wonder that so many people suffer from sadness and depression? As […]
Tefillah Tips – Stages of Human Life
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“Adon Uzeinu, Tzur Misgabeinu, Magen Yish’einu, Misgav Ba’adeinu” (1)Master of our strength, (2) Rock of our security, (3) Shield of our salvation and (4) Our refuge. Rav Avraham Ben HaRambam explains that the four descriptions listed above pertain to the four stages of human life. We are children, then teenagers, then adults and finally seniors. […]
Tefillah Tips – Kosher vs. Kosher Style
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Dear reader: As the High Holidays Approach before returning to our weekly sessions on prayer I have devoted a column to Kashruth. The proverbial statement: “You are what you eat” most certainly applies to Kashruth. May we all be inscribed for a peaceful, successful and kosher new year. Let My People Know – Kosher vs. […]
Tefillah Tips – Shabbos Nachamu Tips – Now What?!!
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Ahhh- hot showers, fresh clothes, barbeques, concerts and singles weekends – that is Shabbat Nachamu 5768 – 2008. We just joined together for three weeks of mourning, sadness and reflection regarding the catastrophic void that has existed since 70 CE with the destruction of the second Temple. Now what?! Although Tisha B’av is behind us […]