• n. A responsive prayer recited on Shabbat and daily services.

Example Sentences

  • "The Talmud states that anyone who recites Ashrei three times a day is sure of life in the world to come (Ber. 4b), and therefore it is read twice in the morning service (in the *Pesukei de-Zimra and toward the end), and at the commencement of the afternoon service." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אַשְׁרֵי, lit. 'happy are they'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Ashray, Ashrey


  • "It includes language from three psalms; its theme is God’s concern for humankind. The prayer is an acrostic; each line begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet except for the letter nun." (JPS)

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