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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Out of This World, Or Is It?

I just finished watching Mars, a two series docudrama on Netflix. I first started watching it because I love shows about Outer Space, I was unaware at the time that this was a docudrama. After the first coupe of episodes, I found myself drawn in and binged the whole series. For people like me who …

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Ancestry . Noah

We all have seen the commercials for those ancestry sites, people looking to find out where they come from and who they are. This blog is like one of those commercials, but there is a difference, it will take you back further than any of those site will using the DNA of your body - …

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