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Aleinu 5: Hide and Seek
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…בשמים ממעל ועל הארץ מתחת, אין עוד …in heaven above and on the earth below, there is none other. The word עולם–olam stems from the word נעלם–ne’elam (hidden).  Hashem hides from us, and our job is to find Him – everywhere.  Everything that happens in the world only happens through the will of Hashem, though […]
Aleinu 4: Do We Really Know?
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ככתוב בתורתו: וידעת היום והשבת אל לבבך כי ה’ הוא האלוקים… …as it is written in His Torah: “You are to know this day and take to your heart that Hashem is the only G-d…” Knowing that “ה’ הוא האלוקים–Hashem Hu HaElokim (Hashem is the only G-d)” must be as “clear as day” to us; […]
Aleinu 3: Lottery Winners! Every Day!
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שלא שם חלקנו כהם, וגורלנו ככל המונם For He has not assigned our portion like theirs, nor our lot like all their multitudes Every person and every nation has a portion (חלק–cheilek) and a designated objective (תפקיד–tafkid) in the revelation of Hashem’s honor.  In general, the other nations’ cheilek is to support and assist klal […]
Aleinu 2: Banim La’Shem! Always and Everywhere!
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Although Aleinu was composed by Yehoshua bin Nun, and the Anshei K’neses HaG’dolah instituted its inclusion in the Malchiyus section of tefilas Musaf on Rosh HaShanah, it was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai who instituted saying it daily after each tefilah.  He did this to strengthen the emunah and spirits of klal Yisrael, who were living […]
Aleinu 1: Standing in the Kodesh Hakodashim
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We recite Aleinu daily, many of us three times a day; perhaps because we have grown so accustomed to saying it, many of us unfortunately do not appreciate the significance and importance of this tefilah.  In fact, we are often mentally on our way to the next part of our day as we fly through […]
Shemoneh Esrei 50 – Four Principles of Life
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מודים אנחנו לך We gratefully thank You As related last week in SE 49, if we could only remember at all times that all that happens to us on a minute-by-minute basis is from our loving Father and King, we would live happier lives and have greater m’nuchas ha’nefesh.  That, in turn, would certainly have […]
Shemoneh Esrei 49 – Only You
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מודים אנחנו לך We gratefully thank You In a shiur I once heard, it was suggested that each time we recite Modim, we think about some specifics to thank Hashem for, in order to personalize our thanks.  While it is generally a beautiful suggestion, and clearly it is necessary to be specific in our thanks […]
Shemoneh Esrei 48 – We Gratefully Thank You
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מודים אנחנו לך We gratefully thank You It is commonly known, there is an obligation to recite 100 brachos daily.  The g’matria of the word “מודים” equals 100.  This teaches us that one who says Modim properly is considered as if he fulfilled the requirement of saying 100 brachos that day.  [Daas Z’keinim MiBaalei HaTosafos, […]
Shemoneh Esrei 47 – Modim Anachnu Lach
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מודים אנחנו לך We gratefully thank You The word “הודאה” has two distinct meanings.  One meaning is to thank.  The other meaning is to admit.  Rav Hutner zt”l states that in reality these two meanings are very closely connected.  The path to thanking and praising Hashem for of all the goodness and miracles that He […]