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Ashrei 4
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בכל יום אברכך, ואהללה שמך לעולם ועד – Every day I will recognize that You are the source of all blessings, and I will praise Your Name for ever and ever. We have all witnessed world, communal, and individual events that, in a matter of moments, completely changed the lives of those involved.  The health […]
Ashrei 3
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תהלה לדוד: ארוממך אלוקי המלך – A Psalm of praise by David: I will exalt You, my G-d the King, ואברכה שמך לעולם ועד – and I will bless Your Name forever and ever. Perhaps David HaMelech’s name is mentioned here to arouse his merit1 and to remind us of the midrash2 that tells us […]
Ashrei – part 2
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אשרי העם שככה לו – Fortunate is the nation that such is its lot; אשרי העם שה’ אלוקיו – Fortunate is the nation that Hashem is its G-d. We are truly fortunate that Hashem chose us as His treasured nation and gave us His Torah,1 which is our guide for living a fulfilling, meaningful, and […]
Ashrei – part 1
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אשרי יושבי ביתך – Fortunate are those who dwell in Your house, עוד יהללוך סלה – who still praise You continuously. We all want to get to Olam HaBa and be considered a “ben Olam HaBa” while still in this world. The Gemara in Brachos1 teaches us that one who says Ashrei three times a day is […]