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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit Introduction Print E-mail

ChanukahExpressions of Love: God gives us credit for our intentions and allows those intentions to work for us, even if we never manage to carry them out. David intended to build the Temple but was told by the prophet to stop. This psalm was composed as if he succeeded.

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Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit 1 Print E-mail

ChanukahThe Chanukah custom is to recite Psalm 30 each morning at the conslusion of prayers. We offer some insights into this important Psalm: “Rabbi Huna taught: “I have regarded iniquity by

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Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit 2 Print E-mail

ChanukahIs there a way to strengthen our Prayer? The Midrash continues: “Hence, whenever a person suffers for a cause, it is called by his name. We find that this was true for Moses. He suffered grief

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Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit 3 Print E-mail

ChanukahTranscribed by Daniel Goldman: Psalm 30: Part Three: Q: I remember learning that even though we may not be worthy, the process of prayer is what transforms us into a worthy person. Here it seems as though all the intentions are there at the beginning and while we may be so immersed

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Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit 4 Print E-mail

Chanukah“You have changed for me my lament into dancing…” Where do we find dancing in the Bible? – During the crossing of the Sea, Miriam danced. What was different between Miriam’s song

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A Psalm of Thanks-Chanukah Print E-mail

ChanukahUntil the moment that Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, absolutely each and every detail of creation was a pure expression of
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Talilei Orot: Mizmor L'Todah-Chanukah Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

ChanukahThe Talilei Orot quotes from Rav Chaim Vital: “A Song of Thanksgiving.” The Thanksgiving Offering is not brought because of a sin. It is possible that someone bringing such an offering to express his gratitude for a great miracle in his life, will look at the other people standing in line in the Temple to bring their sin offerings with a certain arrogance. He is coming to express gratitude and not because of a sin!

Therefore the verse says, “The entire earth shall call out to God!” “Hari’u,” which we translated as “call out,” should be read as it is used in another verse, “Tiro’eim bishevet barzel,” “You will smash them with an iron rod.” (Psalms 2:9) It is as if King David is instructing us that as part of our Thank You offering we must smash our arrogance. (Eitz HaDa’at Tov)

 
Pesukei d’Zimrah-Chanukah- Enlighten Us with Your Kindness Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

Chanukah-Kavanot-Pesukei-d'Zimrah-Prayer“Enlighten us with Your kindness, God, and grant us Your salvation (Conclusion of Hodu; Psalms 85:8).” God's kindnesses are everywhere. We are asking for the illumination of the kindness; that all of His kindnesses shall
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Pesukei d’Zimrah: Chanukah Kavanah-Divine Light Print E-mail
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Powerful-Prayers-Pesukei-D'zimrahRabbi Elazar the son of Rabbi Shimon said, “When the sun turns its branches, meaning its rays, to move in the power of the constellations, the rays move the leaves of the trees in the Garden of Eden. At that time, all the Highest Angels,
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Spiritual Tools: Chanukah: Lishma Print E-mail
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Spiritual-Tools-ChanukahI learned from my master, the Baal Shem Tov, that the main idea of Torah and prayer is that one should attach himself to the innermost essence in each letter that he studies or prays. This essence is the Light of the Infinite Being.
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