Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #28-29

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

After reciting all of the Tehillim in Psukei Dezimra we now say "Baruch Hashem Le-Olam Amen Ve-Amen." We believe that Hashem is blessed and is the source of blessing forever. We then say that He is blessed from Tzion. Hashem’s blessings are especially revealed in Yerushalayim and throughout Eretz Yisrael. He is blessed as the G-d of Yisrael, as Hashem has a special relationship with us. And once we have this special relationship, and this special relationship is in Eretz Yisrael, then His glory will fill the entire world.

We say Shirat haYam towards the end of Psukei Dezimra. We try to feel as if we are crossing the Yam Suf. We remember this awesome miracle that occurred. As we know, the sea did not split automatically. We needed to actually walk into the sea. We needed to be moser nefesh - be willing to sacrifice ourselves for Hashem. Only once we showed great emunah - faith- that Hashem would do this miracle did He actually do it. Every Jew reached, for that moment, the level of being a prophet. When we said "Zeh Keli – This is my G-d" we actually were able to point and identify what we saw. Since we were moser nefesh we merited an incredible connection with Hashem. We don’t want that connection to go away. We say "We raise up and glorify Hashem." That is the purpose of our entire lives and the lives of all Klal Yisrael forever. We want to raise the honor of Hashem in this world.