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Weekly Tefilah Focus

Seriously Anticipating Mashiach’s Arrival – part 3

July 29, 2020, by

See part 2 here צִיּוֹן, בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה; וְשָׁבֶיהָ, בִּצְדָקָה [ישעיה א:כז] Tzion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness. A Servant’s Plea רצה ה’ א-לקינו בעמך ישראל ובתפלתם Be favorable, Hashem our G-d, toward Your people Israel and their prayer ***** We now address the last group of brachos in Shemoneh Esrei.  In the Gemara in B’rachos (34a), […]

Weekly Tefilah Focus Tammuz Special – part 1

June 29, 2020, by

We are approaching the Three Weeks, where we turn our focus to mourning the loss of the Beis HaMikdash.  The deeper aspects of what we mourn are the following: A.  We mourn for Hashem: the loss of Hashem’s Honor in the world.  Tragically, not only does most of the world not recognize Hashem, but the […]

Seriously Anticipating Mashiach’s Arrival – part 2

July 29, 2019, by

Back to part 1 We are within the Nine Days period prior to Tish’ah B’Av.  May we see the salvation before this Tish’ah B’Av. [צִיּוֹן, בְּמִשְׁפָּט תִּפָּדֶה; וְשָׁבֶיהָ, בִּצְדָקָה [ישעיה א:כז Tzion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness. Are We Ready to Answer YES? את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה […]

Seriously Anticipating Mashiach’s Arrival – part 1

July 22, 2019, by

We are now within the Three Weeks period prior to Tish’ah B’Av.  May we see the salvation before this Tish’ah B’Av.   HaRav Yisrael Salant zt”l stated that we can elevate ourselves spiritually on Tish’ah B’Av at least as much as we can on Yom Kippur.  What did he mean, and what can we do […]

The Inspirational Essence of Chanukah

December 3, 2018, by

Chanukah provides us with a unique opportunity to make positive changes in our lives and to come closer to Hashem.  There are numerous messages of inspiration that we can and should inculcate over Chanukah and take with us after Chanukah.  To list just a few: • To love mitzvos and perform them with love and enthusiasm • […]

Avinu Malkeinu

November 13, 2018, by

אבינו מלכנו, החזירנו בתשובה שלמה לפניך Our Father, our King, return us to You in perfect repentance. ***** Avinu Malkeinu is one of our most prominent and most passionately and powerfully recited tefilos in these days of Aseres Y’mei T’shuvah.  In fact, the same is true during the very last moments of N’ilah, which is […]

Rosh HaShanah and the Shema

November 13, 2018, by

There is a dispute between Rashi and the Rambam in how to understand the pasuk of Shema Yisrael. Rashi understands the pasuk as a request for the entire world to come to recognize Hashem as The One G-d.  Adding some insights of others, what we are saying is: Shema Yisrael: Hear, understand, and accept – […]

Standing in the Kodesh HaKadoshim – part 3

September 3, 2018, by

Part 2 ככתוב בתורתו: וידעת היום והשבת אל לבבך כי ה’ הוא האלוקים… …as it is written in His Torah: “You are to know this day and take to your heart that Hashem is the only G-d…” ***** Knowing that “ה’ הוא האלוקים–Hashem Hu HaElokim(Hashem is the only G-d)” must be as “clear as day” […]

Standing in the Kodesh HaKadoshim – part 2

August 29, 2018, by

Part 1 Although Aleinu was composed by Yehoshua bin Nun, and the Anshei K’neses HaG’dolah instituted its inclusion in the Malchiyus section of tefilas Musaf on Rosh HaShanah, it was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai who instituted saying it daily after each tefilah.  He did this to strengthen the emunah and spirits of klal Yisrael, who […]

Standing in the Kodesh HaKadoshim – part 1

August 29, 2018, by

We recite Aleinu daily, many of us three times a day. Perhaps because we have grown so accustomed to saying it, many of us unfortunately do not appreciate the significance and importance of this tefilah. In fact, we are often mentally on our way to the next part of our day as we fly through […]