World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Maariv Aravim

Article Id: WHEBN0029474064
Reproduction Date:

Title: Maariv Aravim  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Maariv, Emet V'Emunah, Barechu, Hashkiveinu, Baruch Adonai L'Olam (Shacharit)
Collection: Maariv
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Maariv Aravim

HaMaariv Aravim, or simply Maariv Aravim, is the first blessing before the Shema and generally the opening prayer during Maariv. It is considered to be the parallel prayer to Yotzer ohr, which is recited in the same place at Shacharit.[1] Just as Yotzer Ohr speaks of the coming of light, HaMaariv Aravim speaks of the coming of darkness.[2]

HaMaariv Aravim and Ahavat Olam being recited at the beginning of Maariv is seen as a preparation for the recitation of the Shema in the form of an affirmation of unity.[3]

Theme

HaMaariv Aravim is a praise of God for bringing on the darkness, controlling the day and night, for ordering the stars in heaven, and for the seasons.[4]

Time of recitation

While it is preferable to recite Maariv after dusk, it is permissible to recite this blessing any time after sunset, even if dusk has not occurred yet.[5]

References

  1. ^ Shema is for Real By Joel Lurie Grishaver, page 62
  2. ^ Teaching Tefilah: Insights and Activities on Prayer By Bruce Kadden, Barbara Binder Kadden, page 48
  3. ^ Śiaḥ śarfe ḳodesh By Richard N. Levy, Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, page 57
  4. ^ Teaching Tefilah: Insights and Activities on Prayer By Bruce Kadden, Barbara Binder Kadden, page 45
  5. ^ Rabbinic-lay relations in Jewish law By Walter Jacob, Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah, Central Conference of American Rabbis, page 124
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.