Sunday, July 20, 2008

The power of "Ashrei"


Apparently, the power of Ashrei is a combination of the simple trust in HaShem it expresses, and the poetic beauty with which that simple trust is presented:

"Rabbi Elazar said, citing Rabbi Avina: Any person who recites the 'Ashrei' paragraph (Psalm 145) thrice daily can be certain that he has a share in the next world.
"But why should this be so? If it's because the psalm uses an alphabetical acrostic to praise Gd, Psalm 119 does that eight times over! And if it's because the psalm includes the phrase 'You open up Your hand and sate the desire of every living thing,' that sentiment is also found in Psalm 136!
"It's because this psalm contains both of those elements."
(Talmud, Berachot 4b)

Be well,

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