Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hashiveinu Avinu LeToratecha

Cause Us To Return, Our Father, to Your Torah

Hashiveinu - Click to listen to prayer of return so beautifully sung by Danny Maseng and from his CD "Soul on Fire." Danny's website

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Hashiveinu Avinu LeToratecha, the fifth benediction and known as Teshuvah (Repentance), recited as a daily petition in the Amidah prayer.

Hashiveinu Avinu LeToratecha contains three separate requests:

1) Cause us to return to Your Torah
2) Draw us near, O our King, unto Your service
3) Bring us back in perfect repentance unto Your Presence.

This blessing is one of only two blessings in the Amidah that use the appellation Avinu (our Father).  The reason give is that a father is obligated to instruct his son.  Thus we say, "Cause us to return, O our Father, to the Torah."  Fatherly mercies are mentioned, as the verse reads, "Like as a father has compassion upon his children, so may He have compassion on us and forgive us" (Tehillim 103:13).

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