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Overview – Part 1 Before proceeding to our next tefilah, which, b’ezras Hashem, will be the Shemoneh Esrei, we will devote two weeks to the Shema, primarily focusing on the essence and first pasuk, Shema Yisrael. The Sefer HaChinuch discusses the root of the mitzvah of Shema.  The following is a rough translation of part […]
Ashrei 26
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Summary – Part 3 סומך ה’ לכל הנופלים וזוקף לכל הכפופים Hashem supports those who are falling – this means that Hashem supports those who are in a downward spiral, falling time and again.  Hashem supports everyone, regardless of how far or how often he or she is falling. Those who are generally on a […]
Ashrei 25
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Summary – Part 2 ועזוז נוראותיך יאמרו, וגדולתך אספרנה Most of the world’s population will speak of Hashem’s awesome power – ועזוז נוראותיך יאמרו.  However, David HaMelech says, I will speak of the great chesed of Hashem – וגדולתך אספרנה – since these awesome acts were performed for the benefit of those who love Him. […]
Ashrei 24
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Summary – Part 1 אשרי יושבי ביתך, עוד יהללוך סלה  Fortunate/praiseworthy are those who can sit in Hashem’s house by directing their minds to Hashem/Torah/chesed/mitzvos wherever they are (except bathrooms and the like).  Those who consistently thank Hashem for the goodness in their lives will be fortunate to feel that they are continuously dwelling in […]
Ashrei 23
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ואנחנו נברך י-ה, מעתה ועד עולם, הללוי-ה – We will bless G-d from this time and forever, Halleluyah. This pasuk is actually not part of Tehilim 145, from which the rest of Ashrei (beginning with the third pasuk) is taken.  Why was this pasuk added as the conclusion of Ashrei? The Avudraham, the Meiri, and […]
Ashrei 22
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תהלת ה’ ידבר פי, ויברך כל בשר שם קדשו לעולם ועד – May my mouth declare the praise of Hashem, and may all flesh bless His Holy Name forever and ever. The sefer Nafshi Cholas Ahavasecha connects the word בשר (“basar”) in our pasuk to the same word written in the pasuk in Parshas Korach […]
Ashrei 21
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שומר ה’ את כל אהביו, ואת כל הרשעים ישמיד – Hashem protects all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. Those who serve Hashem out of love are protected by Hashem from the outset.  The Radak tells us that all of klal Yisrael will be on this level in the future, b’ezras […]
Ashrei 20
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רצון יראיו יעשה, ואת שועתם ישמע ויושיעם – The will of those who fear Him He will do; and their cry He will hear, and save them. What are we thinking and how are we feeling on those occasions when our tefilos go “unanswered”?  We know, in fact, that they are answered but that in […]
Ashrei 19
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קרוב ה’ לכל קראיו, לכל אשר יקראהו באמת – Hashem is close to all who call upon Him – to all who call upon Him sincerely. Hashem is close to all who call out to Him, regardless of each person’s current level of merit.  The Chazon Ish1 advises that we implant the following in our […]
Ashrei 18
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צדיק ה’ בכל דרכיו, וחסיד בכל מעשיו – Righteous is Hashem in all His ways and magnanimous in all His deeds. When one invents or designs something, the “creator” of that object knows the workings and requirements of that object better than any other person can.  The Ibn Ezra,1 amongst others, states that if one […]