Sunday, June 01, 2008

Davvening on a need-to-know basis :(

In recent months, I've tried to add the Gemara quote "Rabbi Yishmael omer (Rabbi Ishmael says)" not only to my Shabbat (Sabbath) and Yom Tov (Festival) morning prayers, but to my weekday morning prayers as well, whenever I have an extra two minutes. I've also tried to add Psalm 30, "Mizmor, Shir Chanukat HaBayit, L'David, (A psalm, a song for the dedication of the House [Temple], for/of/by David)."

Some years ago, a former rabbi told us that one is not permitted to recite Kaddish D'Rabbanan (the Rabbis' Kaddish) at the end of Birkot HaShachar (Morning Blessings) unless one has said Rabbi Yishmael.

I've also noticed that one can add a Kaddish Yatom (Mourner's Kaddish) before the Baruch Sheh-amar (Praised is the One who says . . . ) prayer if one says Psalm 30 first.

I've decided that I really need to master these texts thoroughly, because my father's memory is largely gone, he's now incontinent and having trouble walking, and my mother's not in great health either.

And sooner or later, I'm going to need to know. :(


Blogger Keli Ata said...

I'm sorry to hear that your parents are not doing well. Is there anything I can do to help? If you let me know their Hebrew first names I can pray for them.

Mon Jun 02, 06:31:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

My father's name is Ozer ben Cheidi (v'Zelig, if you also mention the father's name). My mother's name is Esther bat Golda (v'Chaim). Thank you for your offer of prayers.

Mon Jun 02, 06:45:00 AM 2008  

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