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Shemoneh Esrei 26: Communal and Personal G’ulah
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ראה בענינו, וריבה ריבנו, וגאלנו מהרה למען שמך, כי גואל חזק אתה Behold our affliction, take up our grievance, and redeem us speedily for Your Name’s sake, for You are a powerful Redeemer After having requested that Hashem assist us in t’shuvah and forgive our sins, to the point of restoring our father-son relationship, we […]
Shemoneh Esrei 25: The Opportunity of Ameilus
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Before proceeding forward with the brachos of our requests, let us step back and contemplate the opportunity presented to us within these brachos.  One obvious opportunity is being able to stand before our Master, Who controls every aspect of our lives, and ask for our needs.  A second opportunity is to strengthen our emunah and […]
Shemoneh Esrei 24: Again, My Son?
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סלח לנו אבינו כי חטאנו, מחל לנו מלכנו כי פשענו, כי מוחל וסולח אתה Forgive us, our Father, for we have erred; pardon us, our King, for we have willfully sinned; for You pardon and forgive The following anecdote illustrates the difference between a father-son relationship and a master-servant relationship: Generally, if a master asks […]
Shemoneh Esrei 23: Total Reconciliation
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סלח לנו אבינו כי חטאנו, מחל לנו מלכנו כי פשענו, כי מוחל וסולח אתה Forgive us, our Father, for we have erred; pardon us, our King, for we have willfully sinned; for You pardon and forgive After petitioning for t’shuvah in the last brachah, we now ask Hashem to restore our closeness and relationship to […]
Shemoneh Esrei 22: Oh! To Be One Unified Family!
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השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו בתשובה שלמה לפניך   Bring us back, our Father, to Your Torah, and bring us near, our King, to Your service, and influence us to return in perfect repentance before You.   We will briefly explain the first two phrases of this brachah while primarily focusing on the […]
Shemoneh Esrei 21: Progressive Forgiveness
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השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו בתשובה שלמה לפניך Bring us back, our Father, to Your Torah, and bring us near, our King, to Your service, and influence us to return in perfect repentance before You. This brachah is placed immediately after the brachah for daas (knowledge), because if we are blessed with intellect […]
Shemoneh Esrei 20 – Baruch Atah Hashem
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ברוך אתה ה The conclusion of each of the “request brachos” in our Shemoneh Esrei is in reality another statement of emunah and brings us closer to Hashem.  We acknowledge that only You, Hashem, are the one and only source of whatever we are asking for.  It is not only material items that we depend […]
Shemoneh Esrei 18: Who is Kadosh?
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אתה קדוש ושמך קדוש, וקדושים בכל יום יהללוך סלה You are holy and Your Name is holy, and holy ones praise you every day, forever The following concise summary of the basic understanding of this brachah is taken from “Hakhel”: “The brachah of אתה קדוש  teaches us that not only is Hashem Himself inherently holy, separate, […]
Shemoneh Esrei 17: Can We Perform T’chiyas Hameisim?
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ומקים אמונתו לישני עפר and maintains His faith to those asleep in the dust We mentioned in Shemonah Esrei 15 that one novel interpretation of “ומקים אמונתו לישני עפר” is that “ישני עפר–those asleep in the dust” refers to our Avos.  This week we present the simple understanding as well as an additional one.  The […]