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Shemoneh Esrei 41: Making It Personal
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שמע קולנו Last week, we focused on the opportunity and importance of turning to Hashem even, and especially, for the “small stuff.”  One of the appropriate places to do this is in our brachah of Shema Koleinu.  Additions should be said before the words “כי אתה–ki atah” at the end of the brachah. In many […]
Shemoneh Esrei 40: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – But Do Ask For It
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שמע קולנו Bar Kapara refers to the pasuk “בכל דרכיך דעהו…–B’chol d’rachecha da’eihu…” (Mishlei 3:6) as “parshah k’tanah she’kol gufei Torah t’luyin bah (a short verse upon which all the fundamentals of Torah depend)” (B’rachos 63a).  Rabbeinu Yonah, on this pasuk, tells us that many people turn to Hashem when it comes to “big stuff.”  […]
Shemoneh Esrei 39: Are We Ready to Answer YES? – PART II
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את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance his pride through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long We left off last week with the following questions: Torah, baruch Hashem, has […]
Bracha #19 – Shalom (Peace)
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The last statement in the last mishnah in the last tractate in Shas (Uktzin 3:12) tells us that the only vessel God could use to contain all His blessings for Israel is peace. The author of this statement, Rabbi Shimon ben Chalafta, bases this idea on Psalms 29:11, “God will bless His nation with peace.” […]
Shemoneh Esrei 38: Are We Ready to Answer YES?
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את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance his pride through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long Before we begin to discuss this brachah in detail, allow us to explain […]
Bracha #18 – Hoda’ah (Thanks)
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We thank God for all He has done and continues to do for us, as He has always done. He is the immovable Rock upon Whom we can always rely and the impenetrable Shield that protects us in every generation. We praise Him and tell everyone about His greatness because of our very lives and […]
Shemoneh Esrei 37: Bringing The Mashiach Closer – Part II
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ולירושלים עירך ברחמים תשוב And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion Following our tefilah for the tzadikim, we daven for Yerushalayim, the only place where tzadikim can reach the highest heights of their glory (Megilah 17b).  The word “Yerushalayim” is a contraction of the words “יראה–yir’ah” and “שלם–shaleim.”  The highest level of […]
Bracha #17 – Avodah (Service)
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We ask that God find us and our prayer favorable so that He see fit to restore the Temple and the service we performed there. The prayer service we recite is only a substitute for our offerings and we long to be able to serve God the way He originally intended before we were exiled […]
Shemoneh Esrei 36: Bringing The Mashiach Closer – Part 1
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ולירושלים עירך ברחמים תשוב And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion Before we begin to discuss the specifics of Yerushalayim and our request to see it rebuilt in all its beauty with the Sh’chinah residing in the Beis HaMikdash, allow us to digress, to address some fundamental questions about our tefilos for […]