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Ashrei 11
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כבוד מלכותך יאמרו, וגבורתך ידברו – Of the glory of Your kingdom they will speak, and of Your power they will tell; להודיע לבני האדם גבורתיו, וכבוד הדר מלכותו– To inform human beings of His mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of His kingdom. Most people, even those who are Torah observant, often do not […]
Ashrei 10
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יודוך ה’ כל מעשיך, וחסידיך יברכוכה – All your works shall thank you, Hashem, and Your devout ones will recognize that You are the source of all blessings. One interpretation1 of מעשיך is: all creations other than man.  The other creations “thank and praise” Hashem when man recognizes a sliver of Hashem’s wisdom through contemplating […]
Ashrei 9
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טוב ה’ לכל, ורחמיו על כל מעשיו – Hashem is good to all; His mercies are on all His works. At this point we certainly understand that all Hashem does is for our good.  Here David HaMelech tells us that Hashem extends His goodness TO ALL (לכל), regardless of whether or not we currently deserve […]
Ashrei 8
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חנון ורחום ה’, ארך אפים וגדל חסד – Gracious and merciful is Hashem, slow to anger, and great in [bestowing] kindness. The Maharal1  writes that רחום refers to Hashem’s compassion towards us in not punishing us through strict judgment, and saving us from tzaros.  Rabbeinu Yonah2 writes that when one humbly asks Hashem for compassion, […]
Ashrei 6
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הדר כבוד הודך, ודברי נפלאותיך אשיחה – The splendorous glory of Your power, and Your wondrous deeds I shall discuss. הדר andכבוד refer to that small part of Hashem’s actions that are revealed to us through nature.  הוד refers to that which is hidden from us.  It is important for us to find Hashem behind the […]
Ashrei 7
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ועזוז נוראותיך יאמרו, וגדולתך אספרנה – And of Your awesome power they will speak, and your greatness I shall relate. זכר רב טובך יביעו, וצדקתך ירננו – A recollection of Your abundant goodness they will utter, and of Your righteousness they will sing exultantly. Most of the world population will speak of Hashem’s awesome power […]
Ashrei 5
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גדול ה’ ומהולל מאד, ולגדולתו אין חקר – Hashem is great and exceedingly lauded, and His greatness is beyond investigation. דור לדור ישבח מעשיך, וגבורותיך יגידו – Each generation will praise Your deeds to the next, and of Your mighty deeds they will tell. Hashem’s greatness and His chesed to us are beyond our grasp, […]
Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer Service
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Yizkor is the memorial service recited for deceased parents and other relatives at several points throughout the year. The name of the prayer means “May He remember” (“He” being God and “Yizkor” being the first word of the prayer). Not only do many who recite the prayer find it to be a moving, emotional experience, […]
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 […]