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A Morsel on the Shabbath Evening Amidah

Many of us say most of our prayers (“yoshev la-ares”) sitting on our knees upon the ground. It is relatively easy to make “kiddah al apayyim” (bowing onto one’s face) from that position. But the Amidah, which means “The Standing Prayer”, has great significance in our tradition (minhag).  The Amidah, is known as The Eighteen …

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The Shema: Affirmation of Love & Faith in G-d

The Shema is HaShem’s criteria for our ‘faith’ (emunah) and teaches us how to love the Most High, for  loving Him, means that it has to be an act that is holy (based on HaShem’s criteria), and not left up to an individual’s interpretation. It is a commandment to recite …

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A Morsel On The Laws & Customs of Lighting the Shabbath Candles

WHERE DOES THE CUSTOM OF LIGHTING CANDLES FOR THE SHABBATH COME FROM? The custom of lighting the Shabbath candles is ancient. Although there have been many explanations given, the primary purpose of the Shabbath candles was to illuminate the Shabbath house, meal and to bring pleasantness, a sense of warmth …

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