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 TASTE OF TEFILLA -For Shabbat


REFLECTION

YEDID NEFESH

We begin the Shabbat Tefilla with Yedid Nefesh,a hauntingly ,deep ,mystical and beautiful poem written by Rabbi Elazar ben Moshe Azikri (1533-1600) .I reproduce below a reflection on this from Ruth Brin
Dear G-d, help us now to make this a new Shabbat. After noise, we seek quiet; After crowds of indifferent strangers, we seek to touch those we love; After concentration on work and responsibility, we seek freedom to mediate, to listen to our inward selves. We open our eyes to the hidden beauties and the infinite possibilities in the world You are creating; we break open the gates of the reservoirs of goodness and kindness in ourselves and in others; we reach toward one holy perfect moment of Shabbat.

HALACHA

“vayechulu- Friday night davening -”is a verbal testimony to Hashems Creation.Therefore it is said standing up,like giving evidence.
If you are in shul on Friday night,and are still saying the Amida when the congregation repeat “vayechulu”.You should say it with someone else listening ,after Davening.

TRANSLATION OF “MISHEBERACH OF TOSFOT YOM TOV
(Thematic Translation) that we are introducing on Shabbat Mevorchim.

“May he who blessed our fathers Avraham,Yitzchak,Yaakov,Moshe ,Aharon,Dovid and Shlomo,bless anyone who is careful and diligent not to speak during Tefilla and Keriat Hatorah
May Hakadosh Baruch Hu grant protection from all sorrow and difficulty, sickness and disease.
May all the blessings that are written in The Torah of Moshe and in the other Holy Books come to pass,and may they be blessed with children who will merit The Torah,Jewish Heritage,marriage and good deeds.
May he or she have the privilege of being always loyal to G-d ,to serve Him with truth and sincerity ,AMEN”

Taste of Tefilla Thursday 14th May

WOMEN and TEFILLA

 

REFLECTION

THE TALMUD USES “ TEFILLAT CHANA” (1SHMUEL CH1-2) AS A PRIMARY MODEL FOR CREATING THE STRUCTURE OF SAYING THE AMIDAH AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.WHAT IS SO SIGNIFICANT ABOUT TEFILLAT CHANAH?

One idea is as follows
WE ARE TOLD THAT CHANA GETS UP AND WALKS TO THE SANCTUARY HERSELF. THIS IS THE FIRST RUNG ON THE LADDER OF HER PRAYER. THIS 'GETTING UP' REPRESENTS CHANA'S TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR HERSELF, FOR HER OWN PROBLEM. SHE REALISES THAT THERE IS NO ONE TO RELY ON ANYMORE AND SHE MUST MAKE THE EFFORT HERSELF. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF CHANA'S GROWTH AND THE FIRST STEP FOR ANYONE WHO DESIRES TO APPROACH G-D. THERE ARE TEACHERS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY AND ASSISTANCE THAT COMES FROM ABOVE, BUT ONE MUST MAKE THE JOURNEY ALONE.

HALACHA

What is the nature a womans obligation to pray?

This subject has been debated over the centuries. There is agreement that there is definitely an obligation, the discussion is as to the nature and extent of the obligation and whether it is either Biblical or Rabbinic.There is more flexibility than with a man.

The basic obligation can be fulfilled by saying each day by saying

a)   a praise of Hashem
b)   a request
c)   thanksgiving

This obligation can be fulfilled by davening in English,but it is obviously better in Hebrew.

If possible Shema and one Amida should be said.It is always worth discussing your personal tefilla plan with a competent Rabbi who knows you.One size does not fit all.

 TASTE OF TEFILLA - Wednesday 13th May


FROM Rabbi Y Botton, OHR SAMEACH

Due to the length of organized prayer, many find it difficult to concentrate the entire time on the words one says. To stop each time one’s attention drifts can make the prayers take longer, and perhaps seem somewhat unbearable. To go back and say the prayers again will probably not help, since it will be equally — and possibly more — difficult to concentrate the second (or third) time. So, what is one to do when he finds himself amidst this dilemma?

Rabbi Eliezer Papo, one of the great Sephardic leaders, answers the above question with a parable:
A man was carrying a chest full of precious stones. He tripped and fell, and with him fell the chest. The man stood bewildered, looking at all his stones scattered across the walkway. People around began to grab whatever they could carry in their hands. The man, watching what was happening, began to panic, but then realized, that he too had better start grabbing what he could, or he would be left with nothing. And so, he began to throw as much as he could back into his chest. When the chaos ended he looked into his chest to find more than enough stones to sustain himself and his family for a long time to come.

This story teaches us what to do when we find ourselves in the middle of our prayers, unable to concentrate on what we are saying. When distractions come to a person during his prayers, causing all his precious words of prayer to become tarnished by negative intentions, he should remember that even though he has lost part of his prayer, he can still save the rest.

The solution: pause for a moment, and start praying again as though it were the beginning of the prayers. Do not consider what is lost, for the parts you will be able to salvage will outweigh them. G-d knows the inner struggles of man, and will reward a person based on his efforts. Since it takes great effort to say the words of the prayer text with true meaning, the reward for doing so is immeasurable. If one does his best, then in truth nothing is missing.

 

Taste of Tefilla - Tuesday 12th May

REFLECTION

RAV KOOK

 

"G-d is near to all who call to Him - to all who call to Him in truth." Tehillim . 145:18) What does it mean to call to G-d "in truth"?
This phrase describes prayer that is sincere and from the heart. However, this refers not only to HOW we should pray. Even more, it indicates FOR WHAT we should pray.
Falsehood is transitory and fleeting. Truth, on the other hand, is eternal and enduring. The World to Come is called "the World of Truth," reflecting its eternal nature.
We call out to G-d 'in truth' when we pray, not for the fleeting and insignificant, but for that which is true and eternal. Prayer in truth aspires to uncover the inner meaning of our existence, the very essence of our lives. "Return us, our Father, to Your Torah. Draw us near, our King, to Your service" (from the Amidah prayer). When we pray to find our purpose in life and our path to serve G-d, such a prayer is an authentic reflection of the soul's inner desires.

HALACHA

During the beracha of Refainu ,in the amida ,one can daven for a person who is seriously ill and known to you personally.One should mention the persons name and the mothers name in Hebrew.If the mothers name is not known ,the fathers name can be used .If neither is known the family name can be used.If no Hebrew names are known for the person use the English name.

 

 

 Taste of Tefilla - Monday 11th May

REFLECTION

What Tefilla is, and is not.

(Partly based on an article by Tvi Freedman)
A key element of your relationship with your Creator is to “serve Him with all your heart.” The word serve in Hebrew is avodah, which carries the sense of work. But what kind of “work” can the heart do to serve G d? The classic Jewish answer is that this is tefillah: the work of awakening the hidden love within the heart until a state of intimate union with the divine is achieved.
That’s why the common translation—prayer— is not perfect . Prayer implies two distinct entities, an inferior one making a request of a superior. There is another Hebrew word for this: bakashah. Similarly, worship has a word: shevach. Tefillah includes both these elements, but is itself neither of them. Instead, communion may be a better word—defined as a joining together of mind and spirit.
Nevertheless, since none of these convey the flavour of “tefillah” for the practicing Jew, the common preference is to stick to the original. Alternatively,daven is used, a Yiddish term related to the same Latin root as the English word divine. In “Yinglish, “we often use a present participle: davening.

HALACHA

We have learned that the person who acts as the Shaliach Tzibbur(leader) should always make sure ,when repeating the Amida, that he allows enough time for the congregation to finish answering “Amen” before he starts the next paragraph.

 

Taste of Tefilla - Sunday 10th May

REFLECTION

We know the Avot established the daily tefillot

Avraham Avinu established the prayer of Shacharit, Yitzchak Avinu Mincha and Ya'akov Avinu Ma'ariv.) they made the arrangements whereby everyone in Klal Yisroel can get closer to Hashem through Tefillah. .
The "Lev Eliyahu" explains this concept that the Avos established the prayers by comparing it to the telephone. People pick up the receiver, dial and talk to somebody thousands of miles away. They are oblivious to how many man-hours, labor and cables, big and small, go into enabling them to make this call. How much thought and planning has been invested in this process.
Each day you pray,reflect on the fact that that our Avot Hakdoshim set up the spiritual cables to transfer our tefillot , and those of all generations straight through to to the heavenly throne.

HALACHA

We learned in Shul this morning of the need to pay attention and answer “ Amen” to each beracha the chazzan says during the repeating of the amidah.Not to so brings into question the validity of the Repitition.

 

Mon, 26/06/17 | 2 Tammuz 5777

 Shabbat Korach

Shabbat begins at 9:27pm

Candle lighting is between 7:56 pm and 8:05 pm

Shabbat ends 11:00 pm


SHABBAT SHALOM

 

 

 

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