Praying for a Miracle

ain somchin al ha’nes — praying for a miracle Rashi quotes from Chazal that Leah was supposed to have another son, but given that there were going to be only 12 shevatim, she realized that if she has a baby boy, it would mean that Rachel would be the mother of even fewer shevatim than the…

Saturday Sabbath prayers

Saturday (Shabbat) morning prayer Shema, Yisra’el! YHVH ELOHAYNU YHVH echad. U’ahavtah YHVH ELOHAYCHA, v’kole levav’cha, v’kole nefeshcah, v’kole meod’cha; v’ahav’cha l’reacha kemo’cha. Baruch atah ADONAI ELOHAYNU, melek ha’olam, asher natan lanu derek ha’teshuvah. Hear now and do, Yisra’el! YHVH our ELOHIYM, YHVH, is one. And you shall love YHVH your ELOHIYM, with all your heart,…

Today’s Prayer

Tuesday morning prayer Shema, Yisra’el! YHVH ELOHAYNU YHVH echad.  U’ahavtah YHVH ELOHAYCHA, v’kole levav’cha, v’kole nefeshcah, v’kole meod’cha; v’ahav’cha l’reacha kemo’cha. Baruch atah ADONAI ELOHAYNU, melek ha’olam, asher natan lanu simcha YHVH, v’ha’tiferah EASHOA, v’berekah shel ha’RUACH HA’QODESH. Hear now and do, Yisra’el! YHVH our ELOHIYM, YHVH, is one.  And you shall love YHVH your ELOHIYM, with…

WHAT DOES G-D ASK OF YOU?

In parshas Eikev one of the main focuses of Moses’ reproof is the sin of the Golden Calf. This represents the exact opposite of the relationship with wealth and prosperity that G-d wants in the rectified Land of Israel. The sin of the Golden Calf represents the pursuit of material prosperity and pleasure for their…

Common Prayer Words

Fifty of the most frequent Hebrew words that appear in the siddur. By MJL Staff Understanding traditional Jewish prayers may seem impossible if you don’t speak Hebrew. But knowing some key words can help you follow along and get the basic meaning of much of the liturgy. The following 50 words are some of the…

Taking Three Steps Back Before Praying

The Roke’ach (quoted by the Rama in his notation on Chapter 95) writes that before beginning to recite the Amida prayer, one should take three steps back, then take three steps forward (to one’s original place), and then stand there and begin praying silently. The reason for this is because this resembles an endearment and…

Educating Children Regarding the Mitzvah of Prayer

  Question: Is there a halachic requirement for children to pray three times a day, namely, Shacharit, Mincha, and Arvit? Similarly, is it correct to bring children to the synagogue during the High Holidays? Answer: The Mishnah (Berachot 20b) tells us: “Women, slaves, and children are obligated to pray.” Rashi explains that since the purpose…