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. 4

A Psalm of Thanksgiving Psalm 100 The introduction to this psalm in the Artscroll Tanach Series Tehillim/Psalms, gives us interesting history and background information. “This psalm was sung in the Temple during the service of the Thanksgiving offering, an offering that one would bring in thanksgiving after having survived great danger.” It is suggested that …

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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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Home Improvement

Rabbi Moshe Shulman made a very interesting statement in his video interview discussing what a Noahide should do. He comments on how, we of the non-Jewish nations are to be practical, making the world a better place to live for all humanity. He goes on and shares what I think is our spiritual duty - …

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I took the one less traveled

For several weeks now, I have had the subject of this blog bouncing around in my mind. I even discussed it with my teacher Pesach Sherbow, he even gave me a few more passages to examine. Early on I knew what direction I wanted to take, but how I needed to kick start this subject …

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