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Shemoneh Esrei 44: G-d Who Hears Prayers
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כי א-ל שומע תפלות ותחנונים אתה For G-d Who hears prayers and supplications are You Tefilah – especially the Shemoneh Esrei – and Shabbos have much in common.  We prepare for both through various means, including (but not limited to) washing (hands for tefilah, body for Shabbos), sitting before we begin with koved rosh (contemplating […]
Shemoneh Esrei 43: Rachamim V’Ratzon
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שמע קולנו ה’ אלקינו, חוס ורחם עלינו, וקבל ברחמים וברצון את תפלתנו Hear our voice, Hashem our G-d, pity and be compassionate to us, and accept – with compassion and favor – our prayer We are generally aroused to “רחמים–rachamim” (compassion and mercy) through one of three paths: 1.  We hear the sounds of individuals […]
Shemoneh Esrei 42: Shema Koleinu
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שמע קולנו Due to the importance and tremendous opportunity of adding personal tefilos within (and outside the context of) our Shemoneh Esrei, we will very briefly discuss the halachos of when and where one may add these tefilos.  We once again make clear that one should not rely on our writing to determine actual halachah, […]
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 […]