Sacrifices and Prayer

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

The Blessing of Retzeih

Mechon Hadar's Tefillah Toolkit takes a prayer or a section of a service from Jewish liturgy and explores it from three perspectives: content, meaning, and music. Together as a package, we explore what the prayer is about, what it means to pray it, and how to get a community praying it together.

In this issue:

Elie Kaunfer analyzes the seventeenth blessing of the daily Amidah: Retzeih. What are its themes? Why does it have such a sharp change of topic at the end? And how do we think about references to sacrifices in prayers in general?