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 SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Priceless Advice!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Life Is Not Cheap
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Judges, Kings, Workers & Scholars
Shlomo Katz - 5771

> A Wake Up Call
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Those are the Questions?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

The Epitome of G-d's Kindness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Innocence in the Hand Is Better Than Two Birds In The Bush
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Wives - Bad Influences?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Successful Search
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Weighing In
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

Protection For The Way
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Temimus: Wholeheartedness Is Necessary To Build Torah Institutions
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Beware Of Your Own Motives
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Justice
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

The Measure of A Person Is His Sense of Gratitude
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5769

Open Your Eyes
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763



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