This third installment of our series continues to delve into deeper meanings of the premier liturgical insertion into the Amidah’s opening. The third “Uv’Chen of the special prayer injected into the blessing of Kedusha (Sanctification), requests a better tomorrow by “praying for honor,” yet multiple Mishniac sources state that honor is toxic and is to be avoided. We seek inclusion in the book of life; yet honor is said to shorten life! Tracing the sacred verbiage to its biblical origins and revealing mystical secrets, the seeming anomalies are fully reconciled.

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