Help Wanted…at Beth Medrash Govoha

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meaning-of-emes-veyatziv-small[Link below.] There’s “help wanted” and then there’s “help wanted.” In a demonstration of the ahavas haTorah and bikkush ha’emes that reflects the atmosphere found amongst the talmidim of America’s largest yeshiva, a sign found hanging on a wall at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, shows the desire of its talmidim to uncover the truth behind often-overlooked or taken-for-granted portions of Torah, mesorah, or, in this case, tefillah.

The sign, which can be seen at the link below, has a simple heading: “Help Wanted!” But it is not just a “Help Wanted” sign seeking assistance or a job. It’s a “Help Wanted” sign seeking the emes – literally. The emes behind Emes Vetaziv, the tefillah we say each day in tefillas Shacharis.

The sign-hanger, assumed to be a yungerman at Beth Medrash Govoha, asks whether the phrase “Ein Elokim zulasecha,” is kodesh, meaning holy and referring to the Ribono Shel Olam, or chol, mundane, meaning referring to other gods. To further elaborate on the writer’s analysis and question regarding this phraseology in tefillah is beyond the purview of this post, and readers are welcome to read it in its entirety below in Lashon Kodesh. Perhaps printing it out will aid the reader.

Nevertheless, it is inspiring to witness the pure, unpretentious desire for truth of bnei Torah. We often look past these things, not giving it a second glance. It’s a sign on the wall; who cares? We should care. Let us appreciate and pay homage to those whose bikkush ha’emes and love of Torah usually fly under the radar – unless, that is, someone decides to make a Matzav out of it….

May we merit the day when those words, “Ein Elokim zulasecha,” are recognized by all of humanity. May that day arrive speedily.

Click here to view the “Help Wanted!” sign.

{Yossi Newscenter}


  1. on the first question, see ???? ??, ????? ?? ??

    on the second:
    ???? ???. ???? ??? ???? ???????, ?? ???? ???? ??????? ????? “???” ?? ????? ?????, ??? ???? ????? ???? “??? ?????” ?? ?”? ???? ?????, ??”? ??? ???? ????.

    ???? ???? ??? ??’ ???? ??? ?’ ?????, ??”? ?????.

  2. Oy, I see now I missed understood the first question. I was reffering to the obvious question whenever it says “??? ??? ?????” or the like, is it Kodesh or not.

    But to say it reads “???. ?????. ?????” is absurd! the Posuk or Tana doesn’t do it onless it’s obvious, since it’s a stright text, especially here where there arn’t even trop..

    and see Rashi ???? ????? ? ?? ? “??? ????? ?????”. and that’s besides the fact that in Sfarad the Nusach is “??? ??? ??? ?????”…

  3. If you compare to nusach sefard.. “Eyn lanu od E… zulasecha sela” –the word “lanu” seems to make more sense if “E…” is Kodesh. Because if “E…” is “chol” it would come out that we DO have ONE that is chol, just we don’t have any other ones. L’aniyas daati.


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