“גדול ה’ ומהולל מאד, ולגדלתו אין חקר –Hashem is great and exceedingly praised; and His greatness is beyond our investigation.” This is the third verse in Psalm 145; it therefore begins with the letter ג. This sentence logically follows the previous one. Last week we studied, “Every day I will bless You; and I will […]
“בכל יום אברכך, ואהללה שמך לעולם ועד – Every day I will acknowledge Your blessings; and I will praise Your name forever.” This is the second verse in the acrostic Psalm 145; it begins with the letter ב. The Radak on Tehillim points out that similar to our last verse, the two phrases relate to […]
“אשרי העם שככה לו, אשרי העם שה’ אלוקיו– Happy/fortunate is the nation for whom this is so, Fortunate is the nation that has Hashem as their G-d.” Interestingly this verse is also not from the same psalm as the rest of the prayer. It is the last Pasuk in Psalm 144. Why then is it […]
The Talmud in Brachot 4B proclaims, “ Anyone who recites the Ashrei three times daily is destined to reside in עולם הבא –The World to Come. Ashrei is located twice in Shacharit and once in Mincha. It is evident that the Sages intended to link Ashrei with the reciting of Kedusha. The first Ashrei is […]
The next phrase in the tefilla that we will examine is, “המהולל בפי עמו, משובח ומפואר בלשון חסידיו ועבדיו-]G-d [is lauded by the mouths of his people and praised and glorified by the tongues of his pious followers and servants”.