Written by Irvin L. Rozier

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We closed in a prayer, especially for America, and I left to go to my brother-in-law's church.

I arrived at Ward Memorial and enteredrepparttar sanctuary. It was decorated with a patriotic theme, and a veteran gave a demonstration of foldingrepparttar 146891 flag, and read whatrepparttar 146892 folds mean, and whatrepparttar 146893 flag is all about. We had thirteen veterans present, including me, and all of us read a portion ofrepparttar 146894 tribute torepparttar 146895 flag. The congregation sang "America", and prayers were prayed. The preacher preached on Daniel Chapter 9, about Brother Daniel interceding in prayer for his beloved country. The main idea ofrepparttar 146896 message is how we need to pray for our country,repparttar 146897 troops andrepparttar 146898 leaders. It was a very uplifting and moving service and I hadrepparttar 146899 honor to offerrepparttar 146900 closing prayer. The presence ofrepparttar 146901 Lord was strong.

We then went torepparttar 146902 social hall and had dinner and fellowship. It was a wonderful time in this little church. There were almost 100 folks there.

I cam home, took a nap, and then went outside to pick my tomatoes. My sister drove up in her golf cart and we talked about several things, includingrepparttar 146903 state of affairs within our country. I picked my tomatoes, and then went to pick a few ears of sweet corn. As I washed off my fresh picked vegetables, I thanked God forrepparttar 146904 blessings on me, our land of liberty, andrepparttar 146905 fine family he has given me.

This is just a portion of my Sunday..I thought I would share.

2005 Irvin L. Rozier aka walkin2e

Author of My Walk with the Lord, www.selahbooks.com, various other articles and poems (do a google or yahoo search on my name), preacher, retired military

Soul Services: Saying Kaddish

Written by Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

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" Deep mysteries are embedded inrepparttar letters, words, and phrases ofrepparttar 146890 Aramaic..." According torepparttar 146891 Zohar, however, we employ a secular language because subjugatingrepparttar 146892 "External Forces" (orrepparttar 146893 chitzonim) and utilizing them as a vehicle for holiness enables us to accomplish a profound goal expressed in Kaddish: "Let His Great Name be magnified and sanctified on earth."

Another reason for reciting Kaddish in its original language, Aramaic, is that deep mysteries are embedded inrepparttar 146894 letters, words, and phrases ofrepparttar 146895 Aramaic. Most of them we cannot fathom easily, but some are relatively accessible.

The Kaddish begins withrepparttar 146896 four words Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmei rabbah (meaning "Exalted and sanctified be His great Name"). These four words parallelrepparttar 146897 four letters of G-d's holiest name. This is one reason we already respond "Amen" after only four words.

The main part ofrepparttar 146898 response torepparttar 146899 Kaddish isrepparttar 146900 line: Amen. Yihai shmai rabbah m'vorach, l'olam u'olmai umayah (meaning "May his great name be blessed forever, eternally"). This phrase contains seven words and 28 letters. The very first verse ofrepparttar 146901 Torah, Bereishit bara Elokim et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz ("Inrepparttar 146902 beginning G-d createdrepparttar 146903 heaven andrepparttar 146904 earth"), also contains seven words and 28 letters. In addition,repparttar 146905 introductory line torepparttar 146906 Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1), Vayadabair Elokim et kol hadevarim ha'elah, laimor ("And G-d spoke all these words, saying"), also contains seven words and 28 letters.

" This all-important seven-word sentence is followed by seven expressions of praise..." Thus, saying Kaddish includesrepparttar 146907 privilege of linking to these two monumental events. The seven-word response also affirms our belief that G-d isrepparttar 146908 creator of all, and also intimately involved with his creation. This all-important seven-word sentence is followed by seven expressions of praise, beginning with yisbareich (be blessed). There should be no pause between saying almaya and continuing yisbareich, etc., forrepparttar 146909 wish that His Name be blessed generates immediatelyrepparttar 146910 demand that He be forever extolled.[3]

The Talmud and Zohar agree that responding, "Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever," with vigor can nullify an adverse decree of seventy or even one hundred years." Because of this, nearly everyone calls out this response with extra intensity. Remember, it must also be said with total concentration for a decree to be annulled.

Whenrepparttar 146911 children lead good Jewish lives, full of mitzvah observance and Torah study, this is even more meritorious forrepparttar 146912 soul ofrepparttar 146913 parents than saying Kaddish. In fact,repparttar 146914 earliest extant records of Kaddish seem to indicate that Orphan's Kaddish was expected to be said by pre-bar mitzvah boys. From adult offspring, more is to be expected. It is even more beneficial, both forrepparttar 146915 souls above and those still alive in this world, when as a result ofrepparttar 146916 death, offspring, other family members and all those close torepparttar 146917 deceased examine their deeds and resolve to improve accordingly. As it is written, "the living should place it upon their hearts."

And when we do, that helps to "bring forth his redemption and hastenrepparttar 146918 coming of Mashiach." Amen!

Yerachmiel Tilles is the Co-founder of Ascent-of-Safed and its educational director for 18 years. He is the creator of www.ascentofsafed.com and www.kabbalaonline.org (authentic kabbalah for the masses), and currently the director of both sites. He is also a columnist for numerous chasidic publications and a staff rabbi on AskMoses.com

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