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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 […]
Shemoneh Esrei 5: Which Three Words Do You Say Most Often?
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Over the course of your lifetime and even daily, which three words do you say most often?  Men are obligated to recite at least 100 brachos daily (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, siman 46:3).  Whether women share this obligation is subject to dispute.  Even if they are not obligated, women also certainly recite many brachos daily.  […]
Shemoneh Esrei 4: Does Hashem Need Our Praise?
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The Shemoneh Esrei is divided into three sections.  In the first three brachos, we praise Hashem.  In the middle brachos, we make our requests; and in the last three, we thank Hashem. Clearly, Hashem does not need our praises, and the purpose of praising Hashem is not to “butter Him up” so that we can […]
Moshe
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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. מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּעֵצָה תִכּוֹן וּבְתַחְבֻּלוֹת עֲשֵׂה מִלְחָמָה Plans made […]
Shemoneh Esrei 3: Practical Tips for Maintaining Focus
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Practical Tips for Maintaining Focus The Sifsei Chaim1 quotes Rambam who states that maintaining focus during the entire Shemoneh Esrei is a realistic long-term goal and it is within our reach.  He tells us that this can take many years and we should not give up hope and settle for less.  Each person is different […]
Aaron
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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. אֵלֶיךָ ה’ אֶקְרָא וְאֶל אֲדֹנָי אֶתְחַנָּן Unto You, […]
Shemoneh Esrei 2
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ה’ שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך – My Master, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise. We are in the middle of our tefilah and have been moving our lips for quite a while before reaching this point.  Why do we need to make this request of Hashem before we begin our […]