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(Heb. שְׁבָחִים, from שֶׁבַ, “praise”). The term shevachim applies to both praise of God formulated privately in spontaneous individual prayer and to individual expressions of praise. A familiar example is the string of 15 terms for the praise of God at the end of the Pesuqe de-Simra (yishtabbach), meant to be recited in a single breath. Because shevachim are pure praise of God, not associated with petitions or thanksgiving, they are subject to fewer formal rules. The otherwise mandatory repetition of the benediction formula barukh can be reduced to a single occur…

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Hollender, Elisabeth, “Shevachim”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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