Category Archives: Tefillah

Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 6: Verse #4 – Hitna’ari

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 We continue on to Verse 4: התנערי מעפר קומי לבשי בגדי תפארתיך עמי על יד בן ישי בית הלחמי קרבה אל … Continue reading

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Review of Koren’s New Youth Siddurim

Feb. 2015 update: I just saw a friend’s newer copy of the Ani Tefillah Siddur, and was pleased to see that it includes Chol Hamoed, including full services for Hoshana Rabbah and Hoshanot. So those critiques in my review should … Continue reading

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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 5: Verse #3 – Mikdash Melech

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 6 Continuing with our analysis of Lecha Dodi, we move on now to the third verse of the song, Mikdash Melech: מקדש … Continue reading

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Hoda’ah and the Meaning of Thanksgiving

I just posted about the Halachic propriety of Thanksgiving, but perhaps a Hashkafic take is in order as well. I’ve been learning Shemoneh Esrei with my Sixth Graders, and just the other day we got to the final three Berachot, … Continue reading

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Teens and Tefillah: A Response to Rabbi Jay Goldmintz

Not too long ago I read the fine article “Why Aren’t Our Kids in Shul?” by Rabbi Jay Goldmintz, concerning what many of us increasingly find a losing battle to inspire our teenagers to engage with Tefillah in Shul. I … Continue reading

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My All-Time Favorite Moments in Iggerot Moshe: Sources

For some time now I have delivered intermittent classes for adults on landmark Teshuvot in Iggerot Moshe. I am posting the sources, and in some cases linking to places elsewhere on this site where I have written up notes from the shiur, … Continue reading

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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 4: Verse #2 – Likrat Shabbat

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 | Part 6 Having explored the Refrain and Verse 1, we move on now to Verse 2 of Lecha Dodi. לקראת שבת לכו ונלכה … Continue reading

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