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Tefillah Tips – The Builder of Jerusalem is Hashem
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The Builder of Jerusalem is Hashem Nidchei Yisrael Yikanas – The Builder of Jerusalem is Hashem, Ha gathers in the dispersed from the exile. Rav Miller zt”l invites us to envision King David sitting in his palace in Jerusalem overlooking the grandeur of the walls of Jerusalem. He could have sat back on his royal […]
Tefillah Tips – Summer Reading
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This is the time of year that the bookstores are full and email advertisements come regularly to address our summer reading needs. “Have you read that one?” and “You can borrow my copy after I am through.” are the phrases you hear people saying to each other these days. I would like to suggest some […]
Tefillah Tips – The Great Holiday of Shavuot
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Despite the fact that the Torah gives Shavuot top billing and it is considered one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals in which our ancestors would travel to Jerusalem yearly it does not receive the same modern day fanfare like Passover or the High Holidays. I wonder why not? Why is this holiday different from the […]
Tefillah Tips – Shavuot
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Since the three pilgrimage festivals commemorate and celebrate our historical and present relationship with the Creator and the miracles He has performed for us throughout the ages, the prayers we recite on these holidays reflect our recognition and appreciation of G-d’s omnipotence and ultimate kindness manifested at these time periods in history. The Amidah / […]
Tefillah Tips – Shavuot Tips
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Since the three pilgrimage festivals commemorate and celebrate our historical and present relationship with the Creator and the miracles He has performed for us throughout the ages, the prayers we recite on these holidays reflect our recognition and appreciation of G-d’s omnipotence and ultimate kindness manifested at these periods in history. The Amidah / Silent […]
Tefillah Tips – Shavuot
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AND LET US SAY A’MEN One of the first words we learn to say for our davening is Amen. It is quite a moving experience to be part of a thundering AMEN in a large Beit Midrash or Synagogue. It is a spiritually powerful tool as well. The Talmud Shabbat 119b states “ Anyone who […]
Tefillah Tips – Israel Independence Day Tips
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Along with the other thirteen million Jews in the world as well as our cousins and friends, I would like to celebrate and express my appreciation for the sixtieth birthday of the modern state of Israel. Happy Birthday!! Around the world in so many places in so many ways, we are marking this day and […]
Tefillah Tips – Haggadah Insights
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Haggadah Insights: The Seder night is the yearly exhibition of Jewish Education in the home. We discuss the four types of children that make up Jewish families, their questions, and some answers. As we sing and eat our way through the night there are plenty of customs and rituals to give definition and meaning to […]
Tefillah Tips – Haggaddah Insights
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The Seder night is the yearly exhibition of Jewish Education in the home. We discuss the four types of children that make up Jewish families, their questions, and some answers. As we sing and eat our way through the night there are plenty of customs and rituals to give definition and meaning to the evening(s). […]
Tefillah Tips – Purim Tips 5769
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As the children prepare to don their festive costumes this week and the final touches are being made to the Mishloach Manot packages, all of us are waiting with great anticipation for the reading of Megillat Esther. It is a moment we look forward t all year long – when else do you get to […]