Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

  New International Version Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.   New Living Translation Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.   English Standard Version Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!   New American Standard Bible…

The Month of Elul

  Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that Hashem bestowed a great kindness upon his Jewish nation by revealing to them that the Day of Judgment is on the First of Tishrei (for in truth, the other nations of the world are also judged on this day, but since they do not know about this,…

Pray for the Wounded Soldiers

Names of Wounded Soldiers  קרע שטן (“destroy the Prosecutor”): kuf, resh, ayin, shin, tet, and nun. See Prayers below for Wounded Soldiers  ???? ?? ???? Achiya ben Nira ????? ?? ???? Aviad bn Sima ???? ?? ???? ???? Ohad bn Elice Ganon ???? ?? ??? Ohad bn Rut ???? ????? ?? ????? Itai Aharon bn Ilana…

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 1

1 “I have set the Lord always before me.” This is a cardinal principle in the Torah and (a fundamental rule) of life among the pious who go before G-d. Because it is not how a person sits, moves and works when he is alone at home but how he sits, moves and works when…

Maharal

Chapter 3: Mishna 2: Part 1 Rebbe Chanina, the assistant High Priest, says: Pray for the welfare of the government. For without fear of it, people would swallow each other alive. The first question that should be asked is what is the connection between the lesson of Rebbe Chanina and Akavia ben Mehalalel? (It should…

SHEMONEH ESREH

Shulchan Aruch Afternoon and Evening Prayers; Conduct at Night The afternoon SHEMONEH ESREH may be recited beginning half an hour after noon, or preferably half an hour after midafternoon, where an “hour” is 1/12 of the time between sunrise and sunset (233:1). It may be recited until sunset, or according to some, 1-1/4 hours before…

Reciting Keri’at Shema Meticulously

The Mishnah (Berachot 15a) states: “If one recites Keri’at Shema and does not hear the words he is reciting (because one read it so quietly), one fulfills his obligation. If one recited it without being meticulous with its letters, Rabbi Yose says one fulfills his obligation while Rabbi Yehuda says one does not.” The Gemara (ibid. 15b)…

Receive Messiah

How Can I Receive the Messiah Into My Heart and Life?   The G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob created you to have a personal relationship with Himself and to enjoy His abundant life! In Pro_16:4 [it is written in the Jewish Bible] “The Lord has made all things for His purpose [His own pleasure].”…

Baruch Shem

The Meaning of “Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto Le’Olam Va’ed” In the previous Halachot we have established that the verse “Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto Le’Olam Va’ed” must be inserted into Keri’at Shema. One must likewise have the proper intention while reciting this verse. If one did not, one has not fulfilled his obligation. Let us now explain the meaning…

Praying

Continuation of the Laws of the Position of One’s Body While Praying Question: If one cannot join one’s feet together while praying the Amida standing up but he can do so while sitting, should such an individual pray while standing with his feet separated or sitting with his feet joined together? Similarly, can one open one’s…