Musings on the Amidah, Part 2

The first benediction of the Amidah is the Avot, the fathers. Before we pray it, we say:

My Lord, open up my lips so my mouth can speak your praise.

Then, before we pray it, we bow and walk forward three steps, drawing near to the holy.

We remain bowed through the opening blessing:

Blessed are you, HaShem our God and the God of our forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

We pray standing for respect and with out feet together for attention. Many of us sway back and forth, which is called shuckling. For me, it adds concentration to my prayer. I also can’t help but feel I am bowing repeatedly to the holy.

There are many themes I could choose to muse on in the Avot, the first benediction of the Amidah. But I choose the theme of beginnings and endings, the spiritual bookends, if you would, of our faith. From the Fathers to the Redeemer.

Blessed are you, HaShem our God, and the God of our forefathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob; the great, mighty, and awesome God, the supreme God who bestows beneficial kindnesses and creates everything, who recalls the kindnesses of the Patriarchs and brings a Redeemer to their children

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1 Response to Musings on the Amidah, Part 2

  1. Shalom Bayit says:

    Derek:

    My Lord, open up my lips so my mouth can speak your praise.<<<

    I think a little discussion on the significance of this phrase would help us all. It comes from David Ha Melech’s posture after his sin with Bathsheba. Like him we need to see ourselves in need of asking Hashem to open our lips before we can begin to speak his praise.

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