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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 […]
Shemoneh Esrei 1
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Introduction Shemoneh Esrei is the core of our tefilah and therefore requires the highest level of kavanah.  The Meiri writes1 that one cannot compare the kavanah required even for Shema with the kavanah required for Shemoneh Esrei.  “With every word [of Shemoneh Esrei] one will find inspiration to fear and love Hashem…and to increase one’s […]
Leah
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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. לַה’ הַיְשׁוּעָה עַל עַמְּךָ בִרְכָתֶךָ סֶּלָה Salvation is […]
Shema 2
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Overview – Part 2 We thank Dr. Doniel Steinberg for creating the enlightening card (see below) which we will use for our focus this week.  
Rachel
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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. רָבוּעַ הָיָה כָּפוּל עָשׂוּ אֶת הַחֹשֶׁן זֶרֶת אָרְכּוֹ […]
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 […]
Rivka
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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. רִגְזוּ וְאַל תֶּחֱטָאוּ אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם וְדֹמּוּ […]
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 […]
Sarah
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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. שְׂאוּ יְדֵכֶם קֹדֶשׁ וּבָרְכוּ אֶת ה Raise your […]
Yaakov
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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.  יַעַנְךָ ה’ בְּיוֹם צָרָה יְשַׂגֶּבְךָ שֵׁם אֱלֹקי […]