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a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath


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says Amen alluding to black resistance to these exercises.
Amen teaches that of the most effective for managing stress." Pushing the body to become more flexible maks us more emotionally flexible.
"I want to shove how simple it can be to live a healthy, vibrant life." Amen says.
All that will work--all that will work." The people are with him; he stops, lets the "Amens" and "Oh Lords" peter out as he pops a cassette in the stereo: Oh Lord, I'm striving to make it through...
"We can come to church and still not know the spirit." Shouts of "Amen." "We're not going to straighten up this mess in our world and we're not going to fix our families until we confront and accept the power of God in our daily lives." Tucker paces, his voice rising and falling.
In early biblical passages, amen "is used as an affirmation, particularly with respect to a curse," explains Yochanan Rivkin, a rabbi at Tulane University's Chabad House, but softens in later texts when used as an affirmation after a blessing, which is how it continues to be used today.
Yeshiva students are often taught that amen is an acronym for el melekh ne'eman, meaning "God, Trustworthy King," but Jon Levenson, a professor of Jewish studies at Harvard University, insists this is just homeletical fun.
As important as the meaning of amen is how it is used.
" as a way to cue the congregation to say amen, without having to say it themselves.
Sarna explains that in ancient times there were no prayer books, so saying amen, which is believed to be the equivalent to saying the entire prayer, was sometimes the only way people could participate.
If we penetrate deeper into the law on saying amen, we discover that this response also constitutes a transformation in which an individual's blessing becomes a social act in which the Jewish community participates.
For example, one who recites the prayer over bread must not begin eating "until amen has been completed in the mouths of the responders." (5) Rashi explains this rule with the following comment: "For answering amen is part of the blessing." The thirteenth-century Talmudist R.
(6) The Or Zarua writes that-even with one's mouth full in the middle of a meal-one must respond amen: "It is impossible not to respond amen.
Turning from law to lore, the Sages praised the amen response extravagantly.
This superiority of the responder flows directly from the fact that amen is what gives blessings their social dimension.