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Ashrei XXI

May 7, 2015, by

“ 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 […]

Ashrei XX

April 30, 2015, by

“צדיק ה’ בכל דרכיו וחסיד בכל מעשיו – Hashem is just in all ways and kindly in all deeds.” The Etz Yosef explains that this verse demonstrates that G-d’s interaction with humanity is sometimes commensurate with the behavior of the individual, and sometimes Hashem gifts us with more than we deserve. There are people who […]

Rosh Chodesh Tips

March 19, 2015, by

The time honored custom of the people of Israel is to announce the date and time of the new moon the Shabbat before it arrives. The reason it is done in Synagogue on Shabbat is simply because it is the time of the week when the most congregants are present. Last week the Jewish people […]

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 […]

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