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Shemoneh Esrei 35: Davening For The Majority Part II
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על הצדיקים… ועלינו, יהמו רחמיך ה’ אלקינו, ותן שכר טוב לכל הבוטחים בשמך באמת, ושים חלקנו עמהם לעולם, ולא נבוש כי בך בטחנו. ברוך אתה ה’, משען ומבטח לצדיקים On the righteous,… and on us – May Your compassion be aroused, Hashem, our G-d, and give goodly reward to all who sincerely believe in Your […]
Shemoneh Esrei 34: Davening For The Majority Part I
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על הצדיקים ועל החסידים, ועל זקני עמך בית ישראל, ועל פליטת סופריהם, ועל גרי הצדק ועלינו… On the righteous, on the devout, on the elders of Your people the Family of Israel, on the remnant of their scholars, on the righteous converts and on ourselves… Why do we follow the brachah of ולמלשינים  (V’la’malshinim) with […]
Shemoneh Esrei 33: The Nineteenth Brachah
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There are important differences in wording and meaning between Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard in this brachah, as well as differences in opinion as to the meaning of the brachah in general. This brachah was composed roughly 500 years after the original composition of the 18 brachos of Shemoneh Esrei.  Rabban Gamliel, the Nasi at […]
Shemoneh Esrei 32: Enjoying Peace – Internally & Externally
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השיבה שופטינו כבראשונה, ויועצינו כבתחלה, והסר ממנו יגון ואנחה, ומלוך עלינו אתה ה’ לבדך בחסד וברחמים, וצדקנו במשפט Restore our judges as in earliest times, and our counselors as at first; remove from us sorrow and groan; and reign over us – You, Hashem, alone – with kindness and compassion, and justify us through judgment. […]
Shemoneh Esrei 31: Achdus – Always
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תקע בשופר גדול לחרותנו, ושא נס לקבץ גלויותנו, וקבצנו יחד מארבע כנפות הארץ Sound the great shofar for our freedom, raise the banner to gather our exiles and gather us together from the four corners of the earth. In this brachah, we ask Hashem to blow the “shofar gadol” (the larger horn of the ram […]
Shemoneh Esrei 30: And As For Me, Closeness with Hashem is Good
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ברך עלינו ה’ אלקינו את השנה הזאת ואת כל מיני תבואתה לטובה, ותן ברכה (ותן טל ומטר לברכה) על פני האדמה, ושבענו מטובך, וברך שנתנו כשנים הטובות Bless on our behalf – O Hashem, our G-d – this year and all its kind of crops for the best, and give (dew and rain for) a […]
Shemoneh Esrei 29: Does it Hurt?
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As we have mentioned previously, all of the middle brachos of request were composed in the plural.  This is because when we daven, we daven not only for ourselves but also for klal Yisrael as a whole, for the tzibur, for our families, and for other specific individuals.  Perhaps this is most evident in our […]
Shemoneh Esrei 28: Daily Gifts
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 רפאנו ה’ ונרפא…כי א-ל מלך רופא נאמן ורחמן אתה Heal us, Hashem – then we will be healed…for You are G-d, King, the faithful and compassionate Healer The following story (not an exact quote) appeared last week in Emunah Daily, a most inspiring daily e-mail, written and orated by HaRav David Ashear. Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael […]
Shemoneh Esrei 27: Brilliant Doctors and Wonder Drugs
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רפאנו ה’ ונרפא, הושיענו ונושעה, כי תהלתנו אתה… Heal us, Hashem – then we will be healed; save us – then we will be saved, for You are our praise… The words “כי תהלתנו אתה–ki s’hilaseinu Atah (for You are our praise)” are perhaps the most crucial and least understood words in this otherwise universally […]
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 […]