razing jericho

יהושע בן נון חיבר תפילת עלינו לשבח בנצחון יריחו ובו מסיימים כל תפילה כדי להזכירנו שבכל תפילה אפשר לזכות לכנס בארץ הקודש
The prayer with which we end each one of the three daily tefillot, (prayers) Aleinu L'shabayah, was originally penned by Yehoshuah Ben Nun.

He composed Aleinu upon the conquest of Yericho (Jericho) when Bnei Yisrael first entered the land that was to become the land of Yisrael, already promised to Avraham Yitzhak and Yaakov.

From this we can take away that every single prayer has the potential to be like the first time we entered the land of Israel.

Bnei Yisrael surrounded the city seven times, blowing the shofar, and the walls came tumbling down. HaShem fought on our behalf, and we followed His instructions in good faith.

Every prayer has the same potential, we work to refine each of our own attributes, the seven middoth, through the blowing of the shofar, reminding ourselves to return to HaShem in true Teshuvah, and then HaShem brings us out of Egypt and returns us to our land, to closeness with Him.

With every prayer from start to finish we can enter the land and conquer it. Dwell in it in the comfort of HaShem's merciful protections. Perhaps this is why we say the blessing Goel Yisrael - He redeems Israel, in each of the amidahs.


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