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September 16, 2010 / howgood1

He Who Brings On The Night – Ma’ariv Aravim

The focus of the evening service is actually the Sh’ma Yisrael and the Amidah.  After the call to prayer represented  by the Bar’chu, the Sh’ma is “sandwiched” between several prayers.  The first of two prayers which lead up to the Sh’ma is Ma’ariv Aravim.

Praised are You Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, who word brings on the evening. God’s Wisdom opens heaven’s gates; God’s understanding makes the ages pass and the seasons alternate; God’s will controls the stars as they travel trough the skies.

Creator of day and night, You roll light away from the darkness and darkness from light; God causes day to pass and brings on the night; the Eternal sets the day and night apart; Adonai is the God of Hosts

May the living and eternal God rule us always, to the end of time! Blessed are You Adondai, Your word makes evening fall.

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Now why would we thank G-d for bringing on the night when I mentioned in a previous post that the first prayers are supplications that He let us survive this frightening time of darkness? A time and atmosphere that he himself created! Well, it’s time to look on the bright side of nightfall, so to speak.

Along with the changing of the seasons, and the movement of the stars which are also mentioned in Ma’ariv Aravim, we are grateful for the unflinching laws of nature which G-d set in motion.  While we may be surrounded by the chaos and uncertainty of daily living, often caused by the inconstancy of our fellow human beings, we know that we can count on these truly otherworldly celestial events day in and, pardon the pun, day out.

Thank you to Temple Beth Am of Framingham, Massachusetts for posting this and other prayers online here.

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