n. A responsive prayer recited on Shabbat and daily services.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
אַשְׁרֵי 'lit. happy are they'
- 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).
Who Uses This
"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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