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Halachos of waking up in the morning (part 3)
MBY 1:5-9 For this lesson, you will need an English Artscroll Siddur. We will attempt to familiarize ourselves with certain pages and sections which are omitted in a standard minyan. The reason they are printed in the Siddur is because of what is written in these halachos. The reason they are omitted by most congregations is because they are described in the halacha as “good” to be said, implying that they are not obligatory. The order we will list them is according to their page number in the Siddur, not necessarily in the order they are taught in the Shulchan Aruch. The Mishnah Berura gives little insights into why some of these sections are beneficial to be said (indicated by the abbreviation MB:)

1) The Akeidah (Binding of Yitzchak - pp. 22-24) – [MB: This reminds us of: 1) the ‘z’chus avos’ (merit of our Patriarchs) and 2] the need to be submissive to Hashem’s will, as Avraham and Yitzchak were.
2) The Kiyor (Wash Basin in the Beis Hamikdash) (p. 30)
3) The Trumas Hadeshen (Removal of ashes from the Altar – pp. 30-32) - [The MB does not give insight into this, but I recall reading a very profound explanation of this mitzvah by Rav Shimshon R. Hirsch zt”l. I would recommend looking at that in his commentary to the Chumash, Vayikra 6:4!]
4) The Tamid (twice-daily lamb offering – pp. 32-34)
5) The Ketores (Incense offering – pp. 34-40)
6) Other offerings (pp. 42-48) – [MB from the Talmud: Whoever delves into the study of the korbanos-offerings is considered as though he has offered them himself - i.e. in the absence of the Beis Hamikdash.]
7) The Aseres Hadibros (Ten Commandments – p. 180) - [MB: This reminds us of the Stand at Har Sinai and thereby strengthens our belief in Hashem and His Torah. One should not, however, attribute more importance to these than to the rest of the 613 mitzvos, because they are all equally important and from Hashem!]
8) The Mann (Manna – not printed in the Artscroll Siddur -- I think – please correct me if I’m wrong -- but in many others) – [MB: This story teaches us that one’s sustenance comes by Divine Providence. While ‘hishtadlus’ – effort – is an obligation, it is not true that the more effort one puts forth, the more one receives – i.e. as long as the person fulfills his duty of ‘histadlus’, Hashem will provide him with the sustenance He orders for him.]

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