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Haggadah Tips

March 27, 2016, by

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). I would […]

Purim Tips: Shoshanat Yaakov

January 27, 2016, by

At the conclusion of the Megillah reading both at night and in the morning on Purim we say a prayer called “Shoshanat Yaakov – The Rose of Jacob”. This small paragraph reiterates the conclusion of Megillat Esther as well as restates the who’s who of the  “heroes and villains” of the Purim story. As you […]

Let Us Say Amen

January 18, 2016, by

One of the most spoken words by all Jews in synagogues is AMEN. What does AMEN meananyway? It is one of the first words we learn to say for our davening. During the High Holidays it is quite a moving experience to participate in a thundering AMEN in a large Beit Midrash or Synagogue. It […]

Aleinu and L’Dovid: Humility and Sincerity

August 20, 2015, by

Listen Here to a beautiful vort on love and sincerity An expression of gratitude, an appreciation of God, the need to at least try- A look at special prayers of Elul and the High Holidays with Rabbi Mayer Waxman, Assistant National Director of Yachad/The National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

Ashrei XXIX

June 24, 2015, by

“תהילת ה’ ידבר פי ויברך כל בשר שם קדשו לעולם ועד – May my mouth declare the praise of Hashem and may all flesh bless His Holy name forever and ever” The Etz Yosef notes that the future tenseידבר  seems incorrect. Since this is the conclusion of Psalm 145/Ashrei, the verse perhaps should have read […]

Ashrei XXII

June 10, 2015, by

“רצון יראיו יעשה, ואת שועתם ישמע ויושיעם – He will do the will of those that fear Him, and from their cries He will hear and provide salvation.” The Ibn Ezra remarks that unlike an earthly king that views his role as merely sparing his loyal subjects from harm, G-d, the King of Kings actually […]

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