Nishmath Kol Hai

Nishmath Kol Hai is recited on the Sabbath day, and dates back to the 1st century CE: Nishmath Kol Hai נִשְׁמַת כָּל חַי תְּבָרֵךְ אֶת שִׁמְךָ יְיָ’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְרוּחַ כָּל בָּשָׂר לְךָ תְפָאֵר וּתְרוֹמֵם אֶת זִכְרְךָ מַלְכֵּינוּ תָּמִיד. לְדוֹר וָדוֹר מֵעוֹלָם וְעַד עוֹלָם אַתָּה הוּא הָאֵל. וּמִבַּלְעָדֶיךָ אֵין אֱלֹהִים. וְאֵין לָנוּ מֶלֶךְ גּוֹאֵל וּמוֹשִׁיעַ בְּכָל…

The Baladi-rite Prayer

The Baladi-rite Prayer English Translation Original Hebrew Lord, open Thou my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָתֶךָ Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God and God of our fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, mighty, revered and exalted God. Thou bestowest favour…

Nishmath Kol Hai

Nishmath Kol Hai – The Breath of Every Living Thing, is one of the more beautiful liturgies recited on the Sabbath day, and dates back to the 1st century CE: Nishmath Kol Hai – The Breath of Every Living Thing נִשְׁמַת כָּל חַי תְּבָרֵךְ אֶת שִׁמְךָ יְיָ’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְרוּחַ כָּל בָּשָׂר לְךָ תְפָאֵר וּתְרוֹמֵם אֶת…

Morning Blessings

The Law Regarding One Who Forgets to Recite the Morning Blessings The Morning Blessings (“Birkot Ha’Shachar”) are the blessings recited every morning beginning from the “Elohai Neshama” blessing until the end of the Blessings of the Torah. Both men and women must recite these blessings, as we have discussed in the laws of the Morning…

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…

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…

Keri’at Shema

If One Forgets to Concentrate During the First Verse of Keri’at Shema In the previous Halachot we have explained that one must have specific intentions while reciting the first verse of Keri’at Shema; if one did not, one has not fulfilled his obligation of reciting Keri’at Shema. Let us now discuss the proper procedure for one who recited the…

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…