Tag Archives: Prayer

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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Moreh Mordekai Gordan: Thoughts on Parasha Bereshith

Moreh Mordekai Gordan shares his thoughts on the weekly Torah portion (parasha) with West African Jews of the Diaspora

“Think about it, your prayers, my prayers on a daily basis help keep things in balance.” Moreh Mordekai was gracious enough to share his thoughts with us on parasha Bereshith and the unity of the people Israel. Read some of the excerpts from the video …

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Should Jews Recite the Kol Nidre In Contradiction to the Torah?

Jews on Yom Kippur in Israel

Should Jews recite the Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur and what does the Torah say about honoring our vows? The opening prayer of  popular, modern Judaism’s Yom Kippur is the Kol Nidrei (or Kol Nidre) (pronunced: coal nee-dray) which is the   “annulment of vows” …

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Rabbi Yehudah BenLewi Releases First West African Jewish Prayer Siddur!

West African Jews of the Diaspora Releases Shabbat Prayer Siddurs for Shabbat evening and the complete services

West African Jews of the Diaspora proudly announces the release of our Siddur Projects. Authored by Rabbi Yehudah Ben Lewi, our Friday Night Siddur and complete Shabbath Siddur are monumental projects in the history of West African Jewry.  The Siddurim celebrate our rich history as …

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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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