Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Nineteenth Blessing: Prayers of Peace

“Establish peace, goodness, blessing, graciousness, kindness and mercy upon us and all of Your people Israel … May it be good in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel in every season and every hour with Your peace. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who blesses his people with peace.”

In the nineteenth and final blessing of Shemoneh Esrei, Sim Shalom, we ask Hashem to grant us peace. Just as Birkas Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, ends with a blessing for peace, so too we conclude Shemoneh Esrei with a request for peace. Our Sages tell us, in fact, that all blessings end with a request for peace (Yalkut Shimoni, Naso 711).

According to some early commentators, each person should mention the words of Birkas Kohanim in their silent Shemoneh Esrei before saying the nineteenth blessing (Kol Bo and Maharil, as cited in Prisha 121,5). We do not follow this practice, and only say Birkas Kohanim (or a substitute prayer) during the repetition of Shemoneh Esrei.

There is a strong connection between Birkas Kohanim and the nineteenth blessing that follows it. During Birkas Kohanim we make six requests: that Hashem should bless us, guard us, enlighten us, show us grace, lift us up and grant us peace.

In the blessing of Sim Shalom we ask for the fulfillment of these six requests. We ask Hashem for peace, good, blessing, grace, kindness and mercy (Elia Rabba 127,6). For this reason, many have the custom only to recite Sim Shalom in the morning of a normal weekday or in the afternoon of a fast day when Birkas Kohanim is said (Mishna Berura 127,12).


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON VAESCHANAN AND TU BEAV:

View Complete List

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Shabbos Nachamu
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

The True Consolation Prize
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

ArtScroll

Simply- a Symptom of Love
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

The Good, the Bad and the Beloved
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Dancing Flames
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Easy Commandment
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Basis for Moshe Being Denied Entry into the Land
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5771

Comfort-Able?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Kinah for Tisha B’Av
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Basic Tenet of Jewish Life
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Shema Yisrael
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

> Humility
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Moshe's Lesson of Acceptance
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Serving and Deserving
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Who Serves "I"dols?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information