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Tefillah Tips – Birkat HaChodesh
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This coming Shabbat in congregations all across the globe we will be bentching Rosh Chodesh – blessing the New Moon. We recite this prayer before we return the Torah to the ark and beseech G-d for long life, peace, sustenance, health, knowledge, honor, and wealth. It is quite a serious moment of the prayer service […]
Tefillah Tips – Blessing the New Moon
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The time honored custom of the people of Israel is to announce the date and time of the new moon the Shabbat before it arrives. The reason it is done in Synagogue on Shabbat is simply because it is the time of the week when the most congregants are present. This week the Jewish people […]
Tefillah Tips – Rosh Chodesh Bentching
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This coming Shabbat congregations all across the globe will be bentching Rosh Chodesh – blessing the New Moon. We recite this prayer before we return the Torah to the Ark and beseech G-d for long life, peace, sustenance, health, knowledge, honor, and wealth. It is a very serious moment of communal prayer that Jews look […]
Tefillah Tips – Rosh Chodesh Bentching
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This coming Shabbat in congregations all across the globe we will be bentching Rosh Chodesh – blessing the New Moon. We recite this prayer before we return the Torah to the ark and beseech G-d for long life, peace, sustenance, health, knowledge, honor, and wealth. It is quite a serious moment of the prayer service […]
Tefillah Tips – Selichot Tips
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Vayavor Hashem Al Panav Vayikra Hashem, Hashem Kayl Rachum Vechanun – And Hashem passed by and called out, “G-d, G-d The merciful and gracious…” Jews around the world will be praying these words continuously for the next two weeks until the final prayer of Yom Kippur – Neilah. These words, The Thirteen Attributes of G-d, […]
Tefillah Tips – Sefirat HaOmer II
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As we count the Omer each night we get closer and closer to the anniversary of the receiving of the Torah at Sinai. The word Sefirah not only means counting but refers to a channel of Divine energy or force of an Attribute of G-d. Therefore each night we not only count the number we […]
Tefillah Tips – Sefirat HaOmer I
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This time of year is not only marked by lack of haircuts, weddings, and experimenting with new cheesecake recipes for Shavuot, it is also the time of the counting of the Omer. From the second night of Pesach onward we make a blessing “Al Sefirat HaOmer” and count the night we are up to. This […]
Tefillah Tips – Sefirah Tips
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As we count the Omer each night we get closer and closer to the anniversary of the receiving of the Torah at Sinai. The word Sefirah not only means counting but refers to a channel of Divine energy or force of an Attribute of G-d. Therefore each night we not only count the number we […]
Tefillah Tips – Sefirah Tips
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There are many beautiful insights regarding the Mitzvah of Sefirat Haomer – The Counting of the Omer. Here are a few: A) After reaching the 49th level of ritual impurity in Egypt – these 49 days invite us to elevate ourselves step by step, level by level, as we ascend towards Mt. Sinai on the […]
Tefillah Tips – Mussaf on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh
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On Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, we recite a completely different Amidah / Silent personal prayer then we do every other Shabbat. Since Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh coincide so rarely, we should make the most of this special opportunity. The fourth blessing begins Atoh Yatzarta Olamcha Mikedem Kilita Melachtecha Bayom Hashviyi – Ahavta Otanu…………. You formed the […]