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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 […]
Tefillah Tips – Shoshanat Yaakov
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At the conclusion of the Megillah reading both at night and in the morning we say a prayer called “Shoshanat Yaakov” – “The Rose of Jacob”. This small paragraph is a blunt prayer reiterating the conclusion of Megillat Esther as well as restating the “heroes and villains” of the Purim story. As you would expect, […]
Tefillah Tips – Megillah Tips
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As the children prepare to don their festive costumes this evening 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 […]
Tefillah Tips – Haggadah 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 – Zachor Tips
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It is not by chance that the same word Zachor –Remember, is used both in the Torah to command the remembrance of Amalek and by society today to remember the atrocities of Hitler and the Holocaust – ZACHOR! The question is what exactly should we remember and why should we remember it? Should we remember […]
Tefillah Tips – Post Chanukah
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Every day millions of Jews worldwide open their Siddurim to pray. Some are experienced Daveners that are expert at the service they are attending to, others are beginners flipping back and forth between their native {English, French, Spanish etc.} and Hebrew, and yet others are sleep-talking like robots through the holy prayers of the day. […]
Tefillah Tips – Chanukah Tips
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Al Hanissim Ve’al Hapurkan… Because of the miracles, redemption, strength, and salvation from our enemies that You have provided for us in those days at this time… Why does this Chanukah Tefillah begin in the plural Nissim – Miracles? Which miracles are we talking about? The Talmud refers to only one miracle- namely the finding […]
Tefillah Tips – Chanukah
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As we celebrate Chanukah 5762, I thought it would be worthwhile to review the most well known song of Chanukah – “Maoz Tzur- Rock of Ages.” To identify the name of the author of Maoz Tzur simply read the (acrostic) first letter of each stanza and you’ll see his name – Mordechai. This is quite […]
Tefillah Tips – Chanukah Tips
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As we celebrate Chanukah I feel it is again worthwhile to invest a minute or two to understand the most well known song of Chanukah- “Maoz Tzur- Rock of Ages”. To identify the name of the author of Maoz Tzur simply read the (acrostic) first letter of each stanza and you’ll see his name – […]
Tefillah Tips – Thanksgiving
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There are those that ask – Is Thanksgiving a Jewish holiday? While its origins as a national holiday in the United States may not have been orchestrated by the rabbis of the Talmud, the ideas of Thanksgiving are very Jewish indeed. The word for giving – Thanks is Todah, which is related to the word […]