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Levi
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. לוּלֵי תוֹרָתְךָ שַׁעֲשֻׁעָי אָז אָבַדְתִּי בְעָנְיִי If not […]
Shemoneh Esrei 10: Redemption – In Whose Merit?
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וזוכר חסדי אבות, ומביא גואל לבני בניהם, למען שמו, באהבה Who recalls the kindnesses of the Patriarchs, and brings a Redeemer to their children’s children, for His Name’s sake, with love. We present two approaches to this segment: 1.   The first comes from the wonderful siddur companion, “Avodas HaTefilah” by Rabbi Mayer Birnbaum, based on […]
Shemoneh Esrei 9: Good vs. Pure Good
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גומל חסדים טובים וקונה הכל Who bestows beneficial kindnesses and creates everything Hashem is constantly bestowing pure good upon us.  Pure good can be understood in multiple ways: It can be understood as the type of good that will never result in any bad [Beis Tefilah, S’fas Emes].  A human being can bestow good upon […]
Shimon
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. שִׁיתוּ לִבְּכֶם לְחֵילָה פַּסְּגוּ אַרְמְנוֹתֶיהָ לְמַעַן תְּסַפְּרוּ לְדוֹר […]
Reuven
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. רְאֵה זֶה מָצָאתִי אָמְרָה קֹהֶלֶת אַחַת לְאַחַת לִמְצֹא […]
Shemoneh Esrei 8: Nothing to Fear, Except…
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והנורא, א-ל עליון… …and awesome G-d, the supreme G-d The letter hei in the words “הא-ל, הגדול, הגבור, והנורא” indicate that all power, greatness, might, and awesomeness are His.  With respect to והנורא, this means that there is nothing in this world to fear other than Hashem.  No other creation can really do good or […]
Shemoneh Esrei 7: Who Is Truly Mighty?
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הא-ל הגדול הגבור The G-d, Great, Mighty… הא-ל  – HaKeil represents Hashem’s midas ha’rachamim (attribute of mercy).  It also means power or strength.  Hashem, in His strength, humbles the midas ha’din (attribute of judgment) and performs chesed. הגדול  – HaGadol represents the midas ha’chesed.  It also refers to Hashem’s greatness, which is made known through […]
Yocheved
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. ה’ יִמְלֹךְ לְעֹלָם וָעֶד Hashem will reign forever […]
Shemoneh Esrei 6: Emulating Our Avos
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א-לקינו וא-לקי אבותינו, א-לקי אברהם, א-לקי יצחק, וא-לקי יעקב…ב Our G-d and the G-d of our Forefathers, G-d of Avraham, G-d of Yitzchak, and G-d of Yaakov… When we say the word “Elokeinu” we should have in mind: “Our (Hashgachah Pratis – Divine Providence) G-d, Who is Powerful, All Capable, and the power behind all […]
Miriam
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name, or both. This is considered a source of merit. In this series, we will briefly analyze these verses. מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן בְּכֹהֲנָיו וּשְׁמוּאֵל בְּקֹרְאֵי שְׁמוֹ קֹרִאים אֶל […]