What time is it?

What is the reason, then, that it (the Bible) commences with the account of the Creation? Because of the thought expressed in the text (Psalms 111:6) “He declared to His people the strength of His works (i.e. He gave an account of the work of Creation), in order that He might give them the heritage of the nations.” — Rashi Genesis 1:1

“Encampment and Congregation constitute two different sociological experiences, two ‎separate ‎groups that have nothing in common and do not support one another. An Encampment is ‎created ‎out of a desire for self-defense and thrives on fear. Congregation is fashioned out of ‎longing for ‎the realization of an exalted moral idea and thrives on love. In the Encampment, fate’s ‎rule is ‎unlimited, whereas destiny rules the Congregation. The Encampment represents a phase in ‎the ‎development of the nation’s history. The continued survival of a people is identified with ‎the ‎existence of the Congregation.‎”

וְהַשּיאֵנוּ ה’ אֱלקֵינוּ אֶת בִּרְכַּת מועֲדֶיךָ. לְחַיִּים וּלְשָׁלום. לְשמְחָה וּלְששון. כַּאֲשֶׁר רָצִיתָ וְאָמַרְתָּ לְבָרְכֵנוּ:קַדְּשֵׁנוּ בְּמִצְותֶיךָ וְתֵן חֶלְקֵנוּ בְּתורָתֶךָ שבְּעֵנוּ מִטּוּבֶךָ וְשמְּחֵנוּ בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ. וְטַהֵר לִבֵּנוּ לְעָבְדְּךָ בֶּאֱמֶת. וְהַנְחִילֵנוּ ה’ אֱלקֵינוּ בְּשמְחָה וּבְששון. לשבת שַׁבָּת וּ מועֲדֵי קָדְשֶׁךָ וְיִשמְחוּ בְּךָ יִשרָאֵל מְקַדְּשֵׁי שְׁמֶךָ: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ מְקַדֵּשׁ לשבת הַשַּׁבָּת וְ יִשרָאֵל וְהַזְמַנִּים

Bestow upon us, O HASHEM, our God, the blessing of Your appointed festivals for life and for peace, for gladness and for joy, as You desired and promised to bless us. Sanctify us with Your commandments and grant us our share in Your Torah; satisfy us from Your goodness and gladden us with Your salvation, and purify our heart to serve You sincerely. And grant us a heritage, O HASHEM, our God -with gladness and with joy the appointed festivals of Your holiness, and may Israel, the sanctifiers of Your Name, rejoice in You. Blessed are You, HASHEM, Who sanctifies[the Sabbath] Israel and the festive seasons.



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