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Ahavah Rabah 2: Bonding Powerfully Through Ahavah Rabah
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This brachah of Ahavah Rabah follows the brachah of Yotzeir Or.  The physical world that Hashem created is enjoyed by all human beings.  However, Torah is the most precious gift, which only we the Jewish Nation enjoy.  First, we must appreciate the goodness that Hashem created for all of mankind, and then we can properly […]
Ahavah Rabah 1: Ingredients of a Powerful Bakashah
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The Avudraham writes that the brachah of Ahavah Rabah / Ahavas Olam includes a number of items: Hashem loves us more than any nation. He gave us the Torah. We are to believe in yichud Hashem. He is Adon HaKol. Perhaps we can add the following: The brachah is loaded with bakashos for our own […]
Shemoneh Esrei 63 – And Finally… Peace!
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ברוך אתה ה’, המברך את עמו ישראל בשלום  –  Blessed are You, Hashem, Who blesses His people Israel with peace. We begin with a quote from Shemoneh Esrei 59: Peace allows all the other brachos in life to be enjoyed; without peace, all of the other brachos in life cannot be enjoyed. Peace has many dimensions: It […]
Shemoneh Esrei 62 – Blessed with the Radiance of Hashem
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ברכנו אבינו, כלנו כאחד באור פניך  –  Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your countenance We now continue with the meaning of the wording in Sim Shalom, focusing on how the wording fits within the overall goal of this brachah and, in fact, the entire tefilah, as expressed in Shemoneh Esrei […]
Shemoneh Esrei 61 – Sim Shalom: A Powerful Plea
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שים שלום טובה וברכה [חיים] חן וחסד…  –  Establish peace, goodness, blessing, [life], graciousness, kindness… We ended last week with the following quote from Rabbi Goldfinger: “In Sim Shalom, we proclaim that our primary goal in tefilah is not to receive, but to use the expression of our bakashos to draw Hashem closer to us as […]
Shemoneh Esrei 60 – Many Thanks…Tying It All Together
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שים שלום טובה וברכה  –  Establish peace, goodness, and blessing Before continuing with the rest of the brachah of Sim Shalom, we would like to present a beautiful overview of the last three brachos as a group, based on the sefer T’hilos Yisrael, authored by Rabbi Yisrael Shlomo Goldfinger. Rabbi Goldfinger addresses the question of R’tzei and Sim Shalom […]
Shemoneh Esrei 58 – Kohanim: Messengers of Hashem
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We now move on to Birkas Kohanim. According to some, receiving these brachos from the kohanim when they bentch us, is a mitzvah min haTorah. Some have the minhag to bentch their children on the eve of Shabbos with these p’sukim, and we all say these p’sukim every morning after Birkas HaTorah. Let us work on deepening our understanding […]
Shemoneh Esrei 57 – Growing Pains
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In Shemoneh Esrei 54 and 56, we wrote about amazing people who made the choice to live and continue serving Hashem while in the midst of living through life’s most difficult challenges. We present a story told by HaRav Eytan Feiner in his 5766 Shabbos HaGadol drashah. He heard the story from Reb Zalman Silber who heard it […]
Shemoneh Esrei 56 – Choose Life!
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Since the purpose of tefilah is to come closer to Hashem through recognizing that we are totally dependent on Him and to appreciate all the goodness He bestows upon us, and since Chazal teach us the primacy of the brachah of Modim and in general the primacy of properly recognizing and appreciating the goodness Hashem gives to us, let […]