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Psalms – Chapter 149
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David says that, even though the Book of Psalms is nearly through, we should all continue to compose and sing new songs of praise to G-d. The Jews should rejoice in He Who made them and selected them as His special nation. They should praise Him with all forms of instruments, both percussion and string. […]
Psalms – Chapter 148
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In this Psalm, David directs all of G-d’s various creations to praise Him: angels of various ranks, celestial spheres, the heavens, the waters and more are all called upon to sing to Him for saying the word and causing them to exist. G-d has set the universe in motion and His program will not change. […]
Psalms – Chapter 147
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This is the second in our series of “Hallelujah” Psalms. David says that it is appropriate for us to praise G-d, Who builds up Jerusalem and Who will return the Jews from the lands of their exile. He heals all those who are broken-hearted over the destruction and exile, and He will bind the wounds […]
Psalms – Chapter 146
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Psalms 146-150 – basically the rest of the Book – are a series that start and end with the word Hallelujah, a Hebrew compound word meaning “praise G-d!” These Psalms are recited every day as part of the morning service, immediately following Psalm 145 (which ends with a line appended from Psalm 115, segueing into […]
Psalms – Chapter 145
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Psalm 145 is commonly known as “Ashrei,” even though the two verses that start with that word are actually from two other Psalms (84 and 144). This Psalm is an alphabetic acrostic missing the letter Nun, and the Talmud in Brachos (4b) says that one who recites it thrice daily is assured of a place […]
“…v’chol nesivosehah shalom” in halachah
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Shiur #71 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Debate among the Rishonim regarding the purpose of the institution of eruv chatzeros. The consideration of enhancing peace as a reason to encourage construction of contemporary eruvin. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Semag, essen - asay d'rabbonon #1, found in the source packets on page 1, and Maharsha Chidushei Halachos to Eruvin 105a, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Teshuvas Igros Moshe Orach Chaim, 5th chelek, siman 28 and 29, found in the source packets on pages 3-5.
Psalms – Chapter 144
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David praises G-d, Whom he calls his rock, for preparing him for his struggles and battles. David then refers to G-d by a long string of titles: fortress, refuge, shield, and others. David takes shelter in G-d, Who caused the nation to accept him as king. What is a person that G-d should care about […]
Psalms – Chapter 143
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Continuing the theme of the previous Psalm, David asks G-d to hear his prayers and to answer him because of G-d’s own inherent goodness, rather than because of any merits on David’s part. Because he is human, David has also sinned; he asks that G-d not judge him now, in his time of peril. Besides, […]
Psalms – Chapter 142
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Psalm 142, a maskil (Psalm of enlightenment), is popular as a prayer in times of trouble. It was composed when David hid from Saul in a cave and they had a closer-than-comfortable encounter (see I Samuel 24). David says he calls out to G-d, pouring out his heart to Him. He shares his pain with […]
Psalms – Chapter 141
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David has called to G-d for rescue from his enemies and he prays for quick relief. He hopes that G-d will consider his words as incense offered before Him, and his motions like the afternoon sacrifice. David asks that G-d station a guard near his mouth to prevent him from abusing his power of speech. […]