My God, The King Pt. 5

Ashrei - Praiseworthy Psalm 145 Many of my readers know that I spent 6 + years studying and preparing for Orthodox Jewish Conversion. During that time, this particular psalm became my favorite for many reasons. It is the inspiration of the ‘Blessing before meals’ that I recite in thanking the Creator for His provision of …

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My God, The King Pt.2

The section of the Jewish prayer book that this series of blogs will be examining is, Pesukei D’Zimrah. “Pesukei D’Zimrah is translated as ‘Verses of Praise’. However, many commentators relate ‘zimrah’ to the verb ‘tizmor’ - ‘prune’ (Leviticus 25:4). In this view we recite ‘Verses of Pruning’, which are designed ‘to cut away’ the mental …

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