The Pits and the Lights

One list of dedications includes “dedication of the House” (“habayit”) in what seems like a chronological order, from creation of the world, to world to come; the other uses the expression “hamikdash,” in a list culminates with “Sanctuary.”

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Dedications

One list of dedications includes “dedication of the House” (“habayit”) in what seems like a chronological order, from creation of the world, to world to come; the other uses the expression “hamikdash,” in a list culminates with “Sanctuary.”

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Mouse and Menorah

In Perek Shira, as noted in the previous two posts, verses from Psalm 30 join a chorus of praise in which “each of God’s creatures, plants and animals, mountains and rivers, sings out to its Creator in a special way.” Our prayers, are part of a “cosmic symphony” says Rabbi Arthur Green: The prayers of […]

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Dedication

The previous post looked at some of the “bridge” concepts employed to explain Psalm 30’s function in its regular liturgical spot, at the close of the morning blessings, and before the psalms/verses of song. Another explanation for the placement of Psalm 30 is that it was the “psalm of the day” for the holiday of […]

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The House: Bricks and Mortar?

Psalm 30 begins with the superscription: “Dedication of the House” — מִזְמוֹר: שִׁיר-חֲנֻכַּת הַבַּיִת לְדָוִד. mizmor: shir-chanukat ha-bayit l’David A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House; of David. Which House? Some bricks and mortar possibilities, per The Jerusalem Commentary: First Temple: “The commentators disagree about which dedication and which “house” the psalm […]

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The Five Powers, part 2

Before Chanukah is too distant a memory, let’s look at the remaining powers, Persia and Rome, associated with the holiday and the piyyut that includes them all.

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Wax and Wicks

Jews have laws and customs for so many ritual details: washing hands in the morning, donning a tallit [prayershawl], the order of blessings before and after a meal, preparing a household for Passover, etc., etc., etc., etc. A special kavanah [intention] can be part of even the most mundane of actions, as well. But, while […]

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