National Redemption

The blessings that conclude the Amidah's center section emphasize God's redemption of Israel.

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In sum, the Amidah, like the Mishnah and the Haggadah, reflects a tannaitic view on redemption that draws upon both prophetic language and perspective in order to present a restorative vision that minimizes human agency while maximizing divine agency.

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Dr. Reuven Kimelman

Reuven Kimelman is a Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.