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Purim Tips: Shoshanat Yaakov

February 25, 2015, 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 […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei XVIII

December 3, 2014, by

“עיני כל אליך ישברו, ואתה נותן להם את אכלם בעתו – All eyes  hope unto you, and You provide them sustenance at its appropriate time.” The Talmud Ketubot 67B states that it would have been grammatically correct for the verse to read את אכלם בעתם –Sustenance at the appropriate time for them and not את […]

Tefillah Tips: Lessons for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014, by

This post will not be about the Halachic intricacies involving Jews celebrating Thanksgiving. I identify with Jews in this country that feel gratitude to G-d and to the United States where we are currently able to live freely and pursue the study of Torah and the performance of Mitzvoth without fear or disturbance. I also […]

Tefillah Tips: Ashrei XVI

November 12, 2014, by

“מלכותך מלכות כל עולמים וממשלתיך בכל דור ודור – Your Kingdom is of all worlds and Your rule is for every generation.” This verse is well known to the Jewish people not only here in Ashrei, but we also recite it on Simchat Torah before the Hakafot – dancing celebrations. It refers to the absolute […]