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The Musaf Prayer: Background And Commentary

The Musaf Prayer: Background And Commentary

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The Musaf prayer is considered a highlight of the Shabbos davening, yet its significance is underappreciated, and the depth of meaning that lies in and between its lines, on even a simple p’shat level, is easily overlooked.

This familiar Shabbos Shemoneh Esreh abounds with a host of intriguing questions, which are explored by Rav Elchanan Adler in this erudite work. Geared toward the scholar and layperson alike, this sefer is a boon for anyone interested in gaining greater understanding and appreciation for the Musaf prayer.

Also included is a brief overview of the Korban Musaf and its relationship to the Musaf prayer.

“This sefer is sweet and utterly delightful, its priceless insights organized with clarity, in good taste, and with sophisticated appeal.”

Rav Asher Weiss, Machon Minchas Osher L’torah V’horaah, Yerushalayim

“I perused the sefer that you honored me with; it is a vessel containing blessing, full and overflowing…”

Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl, Chief Rabbi of the Old City of Yerushalayim

Rav Elchanan Adler is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan (RIETS). He studied previously in the Mirrer Yeshiva under Harav Elya Brudny, shlita, and Harav Shmuel Birnbaum, zt”l, and in Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novardok, under Harav Yaakov Jofen, zt”l. He received semichah from Harav Dovid Feinstein, zt”l. Besides being a popular and beloved Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Adler has distinguished himself in the area of Bi’ur Tefillah and is the author of numerous sefarim (in Hebrew and English), including: Mitzvas HaShabbos, Asher Chanan, Yerach Tov, Eis Lechenina, Tzvi Sifarah, and Anim Zemiros: Elucidating, Demystifying and Appreciating the Shir Hakavod.

Poetry of Prayer: Tehillim in Tefillah

The Poetry of Prayer. Tehillim in Tefillah (English and Hebrew Edition)

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This book aims to unlock the mystery of the various psalms which comprise the tefillah.The book begins with an introduction to prayer, Tehillim, and biblical poetry. Then, after an overview of the structure of the morning service, each chapter examines either a prayer adapted from a psalm or the entire psalm and explains the reason it was chosen as part of the liturgy. "Let the words of my mouth praise God and all mankind will bless the holy name of God for eternity" (Psalm 145:21).

Often we find it difficult to concentrate on the prayers we recite, due partly to a lack of understanding of the biblical poetry in the tefillot. This book aims to unlock the mystery of the various psalms which comprise the tefillah. The book begins with an introduction to prayer, Tehillim, and biblical poetry. Then, after an overview of the structure of the morning service, each chapter examines either a prayer adapted from a psalm or the entire psalm and explains the reason it was chosen as part of the liturgy. Let the words of my mouth praise God and all mankind will bless the holy name of God for eternity (Psalm 145: 21).

Three Steps Forward

Three Steps Forward

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Serving Hashem through tefillah is one of the great pillars of Judaism. Although the sefer Ya’aros Devash by Rav Yonasan Eybeschutz has been used by many people to better understand their tefillos, his explanations can be enigmatic for even the most learned of scholars. In this monumental work, master educator Rabbi Menachem Tenenbaum opens up Ya'aros Devash for our generation.

With entertaining stories, sharp insights, and practical advice, this meaningful book will help any growing person who desires to ascend the heights of tefillah.

“A readable book that will empower and inspire teens to see prayer in a new way. We know this area needs strengthening; this book can do that.”

Rabbi Akiva Tatz, bestselling author of The Jewish Teenagers Guide to Life

“A magnificent collection of Torah thoughts and stories on the power and importance of prayer… Both beginner and seasoned daveners will gain from this creative, informative, and inspiring work… A must-read for those seeking the beauty of prayer.”

Rabbi Yechiel Spero, bestselling author of the Touched by a Story series

TOUCHED BY A PRAYER 1

Touched By A Prayer 1 - Hardcover

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In Touched By A Prayer, world-acclaimed storyteller Rabbi Yechiel Spero provides an escorted tour through the passageways of tefillah, Jewish prayer. This book is chock-full-of stories and insights that will transform the way you pray. Each of its 40 chapters includes an insightful thought, followed by an inspiring story rendered in Rabbi Spero's signature style. Through its pages, we will come to appreciate how tefillah can transport and completely transform us. And we will learn that tefillah is dynamic - as we utter its words, they offer us guidance, wisdom, comfort and assurance. Its approach will speak to everyone - from someone new to Jewish prayer to a seasoned Torah scholar. And educators and parents will find this delightful book the perfect resource for making prayer meaningful and inspiration to children. This first volume of Rabbi Spero's treatment of the prayers examines the start of the morning prayer, from the morning blessings, birchos hashachar, and birchos haTorah, korbanos, pesukei dezimrah and Yishtabach.

TOUCHED BY A PRAYER 2

Touched by a Prayer 2

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Sometimes we lift our eyes to Heaven in deep, sincere prayer. Sometimes we recite each word of our tefillah with awe, reverence, and sincerity. But, sadly, sometimes we don't.
Touched by a Prayer 2 will surely help upgrade the quality and the beauty of the tefillos of those of us who struggle to invest our daily prayers with more meaning. Rabbi Yechiel Spero has already touched our hearts and minds with his inimitable Touched by a Story series. His bestselling book, Touched by a Prayer, brought a new dimension to his work, and to our lives, by combining insightful and fascinating essays on the daily prayers with stories that illustrate the major themes of the prayer. Rabbi Spero touched our souls in ways only a master educator, storyteller, and writer could.
In Touched by a Prayer 2 Rabbi Spero continues elevating our prayers to a new, higher level while at the same time deepening our understanding of them. Beginning with the blessing of Yotzer Ohr and continuing to the end of Shacharis, the Morning Service, the essays and stories of this book show us the meaning and significance of the words we recite each day. We will understand how Shema can be the Jewish people's "mission statement," and develop a new perspective on each of the blessings of Shemoneh Esrei, the centerpiece of our prayers. And, of course, at the same time we will read inspiring stories that take us from a Chassidic Rebbe's courtyard to a Cleveland bakery, from a Moscow cafe to an oncology ward in a Seattle hospital. This is a book filled with heartwarming stories that will touch our hearts,
Touched by a Prayer 2 is a must-have for teachers looking to ignite a fire in their students - or for anyone searching to find Hashem as their constant companion. And isn't that all of us?

Touched By Their Tears - A Kinnos Companion

Touched By Their Tears - A Kinnos Companion

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Our Sages tell us that those who sincerely mourn the Destruction will merit seeing the Temple rebuilt. How can we ensure that we are part of that special group?

During the Three Weeks and, especially, on Tishah B'Av, we mourn the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Yet how many of us do this by rote, without truly feeling the pain? How can we tap into a true well of emotion for an event that took place thousands of years ago? And how can we use that mourning as an impetus to becoming better Jews?

In this fascinating and much-needed book, bestselling author Rabbi Yechiel Spero helps us understand the Temple's Destruction, and the proper Jewish response to it. Most of the Kinnos, the Lamentations traditionally said on Tishah B'Av, are explained and their message is illustrated by powerful true stories that bring them to vivid life. In Touched by Their Tears we learn how to mourn - and we learn how to hope.

In his bestselling Touched by a Story series, Rabbi Spero taught us the power of a great story. In Touched by a Prayer, he taught us the power of our tefillos. Now, in this unique book, he teaches us the power of our own tears. It is a lesson that will change the way we live, on Tishah B'Av and throughout the year.

TWERSKI ON PRAYER

Twerski On Prayer - Hardcover

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Ushpizin

Ushpizin The Seven Guests in the Succah Prayers, Commentary, and Insights - Hardcover

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Seven "guests" - the Ushpizin - visit us every year in our succah. Isn't it time we understood who these Ushpizin are - and what we can gain from their presence? Every night of Succos we "invite" the "Ushpizin- the 7 Shepherds of Israel" to join us in our succah. This fascinating and unusual book shows us the powerful impact these "guests" can have on our lives, if we know how to access that power. Ushpizin includes a section on each of the individual Ushpizin, enabling us to learn from each tzaddik on his appointed day of Succos. By reading about each of the Ushpizin on his specific day, we can tap into their unique spiritual strengths and forge an unbreakable connection with the greatness of our forefathers. Also includes:

Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah Vol. 2

Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah Vol. 2

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Discover a Classic Work - And Watch Your Own Tefillos Soar!

Of course, we daven. Of course, we say the words.

But have you ever wanted to bring authentic passion and fire to your tefillos?

Have you ever wanted to truly feel connected to Hashem through your mitzvos, and even through your day-to-day activities? This classic sefer will help.

Published close to 250 years ago by Rav Alexander Ziskind of Horodna, Sefer Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah outlines the kavanos, the intentions we should have before performing any mitzvah. It also brilliantly describes the intensity and kavanos we should have in our prayers, and the deeper meaning of specific tefillos.

This volume includes a phrase-by-phrase translation, elucidation, detailed explanatory notes and a summary at the end of each chapter. Each feature has been carefully designed to guide the reader into understanding the sefer's many vital teachings and make the sefer accessible to all.

Finally, we can bring the author's passion, fervor and holiness into our own lives, and into our own mitzvos and tefillos, profoundly deepening our connection to prayer and to our Creator.

Vol. 2 contains She'arim (Gateways) 5-7 of the sefer, covering the following topics, among others:

  • Shaar 5 — The Gate of the Offering: Inspirational thoughts to enhance our Shemoneh Esrei and the conclusion of Shacharis, as well as halachos and minhagim pertaining to those parts of the davening and Krias HaTorah.
  • Shaar 6 — The Gate of the Spark: An exposition of the tremendous value of Torah study, a program for mastering all areas of Torah, and kavanos to be pondered before learning each area of Torah.
  • Shaar 7 — The Gate of the Firstborn: How to serve Hashem through one’s eating (based on the teachings of Arizal), a related discussion delineating a proper approach to enjoying worldly pleasures, kavanos for Bircas HaMazon, and inspirational thoughts to enhance our prayers of Minchah, Maariv, and the Bedtime Krias Shema.
Yizkor Service

Yizkor Service Full Size Ashkenaz: Remembering the Souls of the Departed - Paperback

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Feel connected to the departed ones by understanding the Yizkor service with this book.

 

Binding: Paperback

Size: 5.125 "x 8.125"

Pages: 8

Nusach: Ashkenaz

Publisher: ArtScroll Mesorah Publications

Hebrew Months in the Shemoneh Esrei

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Pathway to Prayer - Pocket Size Hardcover

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Pathway to Prayer - Sefard Pocket Size: A translation and explanation of all the Amidah prayers of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Meir Birnbaum is a scholar of tefillah and mashgiach of a major yeshivah. In this splendidly useful phrase-by-phrase treatment, he combines his scholarship and experience to shed light on the prayers that matter enormously to most people: the Shemoneh Esrai prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Rabbi Birnbaum combs the major commentators and adds his own knowledge and sensitivity to produce a volume that belongs alongside every machzor. It is slim, but packed with information, inspiration, background - and the ideas and intent that every serious Jew wants to pour into his Yamim Noraim prayers.
It is rare indeed to find an English-language volume that offers such a combination of clarity and depth, authoritatively presented in a down to earth manner. Rabbi Birnbaum is both a thinker and a teacher, and both those qualities are beautifully displayed in this work. Not only does he offer invaluable ideas, he is practiced in presenting them. There is nothing patronizing or condescending in this book; it reads like a good friend baring his own soul, and in the process we are swept along to join him in present our most heartfelt entreaties to Our Father Our King, on the days when He longs for us to approach Him.

Tashlich: Tashlich & the Thirteen Attributes; A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized From Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabinic Sources

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This book explains one of Judaism's most unusual rituals - the Rosh Hashanah walk to a body of water to "cast away" sins. Complete text of the Tashlich service with translation and commentary.

Twerski on Machzor- YK

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Understanding Your Tefillah: Connecting to Hashem Through Davening (Based on Rav Schwab on Prayer)

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Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah Vol. 1

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