Archive for May, 2012

Honorific Titles in Tefillah

I was asked the following question: It is part of the mitzvah of bikkur cholim to daven for the recovery and well being of a sick person and therefore it becomes important to know how to refer in prayer to the individual for whom one is praying. What if the person concerned is a rabbinic...

Three Steps Forward

The three small steps taken before every Shemona Esrei (Shulchan Aruch. O.C.95.1 Rema) contain some inspiring thoughts designed to put us in a unique state of mind, and direct the way in which we start to engage in prayer itself. Unlike the three steps on finishing a tefilla, those at the start have no source...

Kedoshim Tiheyu

In general the LAWS OF THE TORAH are given with all the details of the halachic system, but occasionally the Torah presents us with an insight into the goal or general purpose to which the entire halachic code is aimed. Do we have a ‘big picture’ answer to the question of what is the overall...

Sefirat Ha’Omer

Sefirat Ha-Omer The process of counting days from Pesach to Shavuot has profound significance in Jewish thought. This finds its expression in the pasuk from Tehillim 90.12 which reads: למנות ימינו כן הודע ונביא לבב חכמה “teach us to count our days and it will bring us a heart of wisdom”. What is the nature...