This week’s Jewish terminology word is: Yigdal (yig-DOLL)
Good morning Children of G-d! Welcome back to Marie Speaks G-d’s Grace Bible Study.
Today we are going to go over our Jewish terminology for the week.
This weeks word is: Yigdal.
There are special times in life for many of us.
A wedding, graduation, births, and of course birthdays.
Some times we may look or think that special times don’t come around too often; not so for me.
For me, special time is with our Father in Heaven. Sure, I do enjoy seasons and days and months and occasions of celebrations in and of life …yes. But, in my opinion, nothing can be more wonderful than the times I get to stand , sit, dance, sing and honor our G-D.
For a Jew Prayer or Davening time is more precious than a long awaited meal.
What is Davening?:
The common term used for prayer for those with a Yiddish background is to daven (pronounced daa-ven) and there are various theories where the word “daven” came from. Some say that “daven” comes from the Hebrew word dovaiv, which means “to move the lips.” Davening is when Jews move their lips. We don’t pray silently; we pray verbally, vocalizing our prayers.
For us our Davening sessions, if it be correct to apply such a word is more valuable than sleep. For many of us, to be in the presence of the creator of the universe from who everything and everyone is created… is like water to a parched soul.
I don’t care whether the day was sunny or bright. Whether the day was fun or not my favorite. I look forward and yearn..even ache; for the next moment I can be alone and Daven.
At the begin and end of each day and certainly moments in between …I so do long for alone time with my beloved.
I am so very honored to share another Prayer we have or piyyutim or declaration or statement of faith, from our Shabbat and High Holidays(Machzorim) and Siddur.
As from from an articleJewish Prayers: Yigdal from Jewish Virtual Library .org hyperlinked for credit we read:
Yigdal (“may he be magnified”) is often the concluding prayer of the Friday evening service in Sephardic congregations; the Ashkenazim recite it during weekday morning prayers. This prayer, believed to be composed by R Daniel bar Judah, is based on the “Thirteen Principles of Faith” described by Maimonides in his book, Commentary on the Mishnah. Yigdal restates the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments — “I am the Lord thy God” and “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Yigdal is a powerful hymn reminding the Jewish people of the power of God.
The Yigdal has such a beautiful history and heroic story… I personally feel that the 13 Principals of Faith are what has help keep those who have been able to stand strong and not assimilate in to the pagan or idol worshiping cultures that have always surround the the Nation of Israel in any land. But also those who have remained faithful so many dark and painful trails, help by the mercy and glory of HaShem to give me and so many others the opportunity to return to Torah, HaShem, and our People. Because, so many made such diffcult scarfices and endured what must have been such painful heartaches.. many of us get this great opportunity to reclaim our Fatih and Heritage. To all those who have had ancestors and love ones stand strong and pass on the Light of Torah …… please accept my heart filled thank you.
I pray we all Honor HaShem and return with a zeal for the Lord Our Mighty G-D, that shines so bright even the sun sings more radiantly singing…HaShem’s Praises!
A little history: For those who like to read the seriousness of this Prayer in detail please click on hyper link.
Other wise please enjoy the Yigdal Prayer below. If perhaps one feels moved to return and draw closer to the G-D of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… I suggest visiting your nearest Synagogue and speak to a Rabbi, get a Torah, Siddur, and start learning how to love HaShem The Blessed One …now and forever more.
The great codifier of Torah law and Jewish philosophy, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides” also known as “The Rambam”), compiled what he refers to as the Shloshah Asar Ikkarim, the “Thirteen Fundamental Principles” of the Jewish faith, as derived from the Torah. Maimonides refers to these thirteen principles of faith as “the fundamental truths of our religion and its very foundations.” The Thirteen Principles of Jewish faith (as recorded in Maimonides’ introduction to Perek Chelek) are as follows:
Exalted be the Living G-d and praised, He exists – unbounded by time in His existence. He is One – and there is no unity like His Oneness.
Inscrutable and infinite is His Oneness. He has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal; nor has His holiness any comparison. He preceded every being that was created – the First, and nothing preceded His precedence.
Behold! He is Master of the universe to every creature, He demonstrates His greatness and His sovereignty. He granted His flow of prophecy to His treasured splendrous people. In Yisrael none like Moshe arose again – a prophet who perceived His vision clearly.
G-d gave His people a Torah of truth, by means of His prophet, the most trusted of His household. G-d will never amend nor exchange His law for any other one, for all eternity.
He scrutinizes and knows our hiddenmost secrets; He perceives a matter’s outcome at its inception. He recompenses man with kindness according to his deed; He places evil on the wicked according to his wickedness.
By the End of Days He will send our Mashiach, to redeem those longing for His final salvation.
G-d will revive the dead in His abundant kindness – Blessed forever is His praised Name.
This week’s Jewish terminology word and definition as define by The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic 2001 copyright 1st edition.
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