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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 […]
Ashrei 17
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פותח את ידך, ומשביע לכל חי רצון – You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Last week we questioned how it is that Hashem provides all of our desires, something that life does not seem to bear out as true.  We answered that the underlying message of this most important […]
Shema 1
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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 16
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 פותח את ידך, ומשביע לכל חי רצון – You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing. This is the primary pasuk in the primary part of P’sukei D’Zimrah.  In fact, the Gemara lists this pasuk as one of two reasons that one who says (and derives emunah from1 Ashrei three times […]
Ashrei 15
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עיני כל אליך ישברו, ואתה נותן להם את אכלם בעתו – The eyes of all look to You with hope, and You give them their food in its proper time. The Imrei Emes was once traveling when the time came to eat his meal.  Those attending to him went to look for his prepared meal […]
Ashrei 14
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עיני כל אליך ישברו, ואתה נותן להם את אכלם בעתו – The eyes of all look to You with hope, and You give them their food in its proper time. The Sefer Chareidim,1 based on the Zohar in Parshas B’Shalach and Parshas Pinchas, says that it is a great mitzvah for one to ask for […]