Ashrei
Tefillah Toolkit Issue 5

Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, Joey Weisenberg

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 discusses the history and structure of Ashrei, and understands why two of the verses break the pattern, in order to reinterpret the Thirteen Attributes.  
  • Dena Weiss brings an image about what it's like to praise God and human beings as counting and spending coins.
  • Joey Weisenberg talks about the role of Pesukei De-Zimrah in davening and teaches his own tune for Ashrei.
Listen to the AudioConsult the Texts
Structure and History of "Ashrei"
(audio/mpeg, 40.07MB)

Listen to the AudioConsult the Texts
The Cost of Praise
(audio/mpeg, 13.74MB)

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Singing Ashrei
(audio/mpeg, 26.1MB)
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