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Shemoneh Esrei 40: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – But Do Ask For It
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שמע קולנו Bar Kapara refers to the pasuk “בכל דרכיך דעהו…–B’chol d’rachecha da’eihu…” (Mishlei 3:6) as “parshah k’tanah she’kol gufei Torah t’luyin bah (a short verse upon which all the fundamentals of Torah depend)” (B’rachos 63a).  Rabbeinu Yonah, on this pasuk, tells us that many people turn to Hashem when it comes to “big stuff.”  […]
Shemoneh Esrei 39: Are We Ready to Answer YES? – PART II
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את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance his pride through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long We left off last week with the following questions: Torah, baruch Hashem, has […]
Shemoneh Esrei 38: Are We Ready to Answer YES?
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את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance his pride through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long Before we begin to discuss this brachah in detail, allow us to explain […]
Shemoneh Esrei 37: Bringing The Mashiach Closer – Part II
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ולירושלים עירך ברחמים תשוב And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion Following our tefilah for the tzadikim, we daven for Yerushalayim, the only place where tzadikim can reach the highest heights of their glory (Megilah 17b).  The word “Yerushalayim” is a contraction of the words “יראה–yir’ah” and “שלם–shaleim.”  The highest level of […]
Shemoneh Esrei 36: Bringing The Mashiach Closer – Part 1
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ולירושלים עירך ברחמים תשוב And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion Before we begin to discuss the specifics of Yerushalayim and our request to see it rebuilt in all its beauty with the Sh’chinah residing in the Beis HaMikdash, allow us to digress, to address some fundamental questions about our tefilos for […]
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 […]