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Tefillah Tips – Birchot HaShachar II
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The next three blessings that we recite each morning are “shelo asani goy, shelo asani oved, and shelo asani isha/sheasani kirzono – we thank G-d for creating us as Jews, as free human beings, and as men/women.” These blessings conclude the morning thank yous that have to do with the G-d’s “creation formula”. These blessings […]
Tefillah Tips – Birchot HaShachar I
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As we begin our prayers every morning the chazzan leads us in “Birchot Hashachar – the morning blessings.” This set of 15 blessings allows us to focus on the daily gifts our Creator restores for us each morning. We thank G-d for our sight, our clothing, our ability to stand up straight, and for the […]
Tefillah Tips – Elokay Neshama
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The prayer we recite in the morning after saying Asher Yatzar is called Elokay Neshama. Elokay Neshama expresses our appreciation to G-d for restoring life to us every morning. Implicit in this prayer is the untainted purity of the human spirit and soul. It reads, “My G-d, the Neshama (soul) that you have granted me […]
Tefillah Tips – Modeh Ani
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As we rise in the morning- the first thing we do even before washing Naygel Vasser is say the prayer “Modeh Ani – which means “I thank you” to Hashem for restoring our souls and therefore life unto us in the morning. Our Rabbis teach us in the Zohar that we should say the prayer […]
Tefillah Tips – Carving Out Your Own Space
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As a guest enters into the sanctuary Shabbat morning he looks for a “gahbay” or someone that knows the ropes of the shul and asks respectfully, “where is a good place for me to sit?” This experienced Shabbat guest knows that shul goers can be very particular about their seats. The question is what is […]
Tefillah Tips – Rabbi Frand
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This past Saturday night Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey hosted its annual Mikvah Melava Malka. This year proved to be extra special because it marks the twenty-fifth year anniversary of the existence of a Mikvah in Cherry Hill. The honoree of the evening was senior Rabbi Bernard Rothman shlitta and the […]
Tefillah Tips – Thoughts on Prayer
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Before we continue on our pathway through the Pesukei Dezimra section of shacharit, I thought it would be worthy to research and suggest an idea or two about the nature of prayer itself. The natural stumbling block that all observant praying Jews bump into regarding their tefilla is that we say the same words over […]
Tefillah Tips – Know In Front of Whom You are Standing
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In many synagogues there is an important statement found either on the Aron /Ark or another prominent location that reads Dah Lifney Mi Atoh Omed – which means Know In Front of Whom You Are Standing. This alerts us to remember throughout our time in the synagogue to behave with the utmost respect and reverence […]
Tefillah Tips – What is davening anyway?
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Our sages teach us in the Sifri that there are ten different words used for prayer. Each one of the words has a different meaning and nuance. I find it fascinating that the word we use most often for prayer is Davening. Davening is NOT one of the ten words listed to refer to prayer. […]