Monday, October 5, 2009

Additional prayers at bedtime


In addition to Shma and the blessing of HaMapil, people add various passages from Tanach, in particular Psalm 91. These passages are added because they speak of Divine protection, and so they are appropriate for a time when a person is going to sleep, rendering himself most vulnerable.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 239:1; Mishneh Berurah 239:9)

Moadim l'simchah,

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