Structure and History of "Ashrei"

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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 discusses the history and structure of Ashrei, and understands why two of the verses break the pattern, in order to reinterpret the Thirteen Attributes.