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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Forever Kindness

While at work the other day, I heard a radio playing in the background in another department. On that day the station was set on one of those stations that played old time Christian gospel songs which is very popular here in the South USA. One of the songs was an old favorite to many …

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