Prayer

Weekday Siddur Preview & Purchase: West African Jews of the Diaspora

This Hokmath Israel Weekday Siddur is formatted using our unique side by side, linear Hebrew and English transliteration, which allows for ease in following the service regardless to one's Hebrew literacy level. The English translation is provided on the same page, making following and understanding the Hebrew service easy. You will also find the transliteration helpful for correctly pronounce the Hebrew prayers and blessings, even if you do not read Hebrew text.

Rabbi Yehudah BenLewi  is pleased to announce the publication of the Hokhmath Israel Weekday Prayer Siddur! The Weekday Siddur is a monumental project in West African Jewish History. Like the Shabbath Siddur, our new Weekday Siddur celebrates our rich history as Jews of the West African …

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Have You Fallen On Your Knees Before the Creator Today?

Bow Down! Falling upon one’s face in prayer is an act that has been practiced since ancient times, before and during the era in which Yisrael’s Beth HaMiqdah (The Holy Temple) stood. The prayer of supplication, or Tahanun involves the action of prostration- also called nefillah appaiyim (“falling on …

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Siddur Hokhmath Israel: Preview and Purchase

Siddur Hokhmath Israel: First African Jewish Siddur by Rabbi Yehudah BenLewi featuring the unique customs and traditions of African Jews in the Diaspora. Prayers, Rabbis of importance with translation, transliteration and Hebrew including a pronunciation guide. Get yours now @ www.westafricanjews.com

Enjoy excerpts of commentary  from ‘Siddur Hokhmath Israel‘. Purchase option available at the bottom of the page. The order of lighting candles for the Shabbat. Reciting the Shema for Shabbat evening service. Why we are not required to recite the ‘Modeh Ani’ blessing upon awaking. Halakha and customs …

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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 …

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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 …

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