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 […]
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 […]
A special Chanukah tip explores the meaning of Maoz Tzur.
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.
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“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 […]
שומר ה’ את כל אהביו ואת כל הרשעים ישמיד
“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 […]
The three pilgrimage festivals commemorate and celebrate our relationship with the Creator and the miracles He has performed for us throughout the ages. The prayers we recite on these holidays reflect our recognition and appreciation of G-d’s omnipotence and ultimate kindness manifested at these periods in history. The Amidah/Silent prayer that we offer during every […]
“ קרוב ה’ לכל קראיו, לכל אשר יקראהו באמת – G-d is close to all who call unto Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.” The Ibn Ezra remarks that if an earthly king is distant from his subjects, he will be unable to respond to their needs. However Hashem is always as […]