It's about the heart.
Monday 28 Nissan, 5773, April 8, 2013.
Class one on Boruch Sheumar.
The first half is 'a Piska min HaShamayim' and according to RaSaG is said only Shabbos.
There's great diversity of nussach (especially in the first half) but in the last few hundred years they seem to converge. A taste of what is to come next week.
Monday 5 Iyar 5773/ April 15, 2013.
A simple version of understanding 'Boruch Sheamar'. It includes creation, His favoring people and Tzadikim, reward and punishment, and much praise of Hashem.
Monday 12 Iyar 5773/ April 22 2013.
Class Three on Boruch SheAmar includes an interpretation from the 'HaKria VihaKidusha' on the ten utterances of creation as they are set out twice (!!!) in the Boruch SheAmar; and a (very brief overview of) the Alter Rebbe's Siddur and his version of the every detail of this prayer and what it represents, four worlds etc.
This is the turning point within the Pisukei diZimra, where we transfer from discussing what Hashen did for us in creation to discussing what He's done for us as the Jewish nation.
A translation of the text. A few points were emphasized; What is a Bracha? Why praise Hashem? What does Boruch mean? Ata? Hu? and Havaya?
Mi Chamocha is about Hahsem's influence on the world, that travels from 'heaven to earth' through various levels of angels. The challenge is not to see the Angels but Hashem that is made available through their being intermediates, but mustn't be blocked out because of this.
In Davening we say it twice (once in Psukei DiZimra and once right before the Amida). How are these two recitations the same and how are they different because of where they are in the Davening..
Monday 17 Shvat 5773, January 28 2013.
Kadish, A consolation for God, in Aramaic, for the halving of His name and throne.
The Kaddish is in Aramaiic for two opposite reasons: 1) simple folk spoke that language, 2) and to hide from Angels.
These two extremes represent what Kadish is, it is for healing and it reaches higher than hishtalshelus.
Shmai Rabba, His great name is greatened even more.
Monday 24 Shvat 5773, February 4 2013.
Kadish the text is read inside.
This class is based on the premise that there are two halves to the Kadish: 1) Until the end of 'Yehai Shami Raba... Ulmaya',(not including Yisborech) and 2) from 'Yisborech...' until the end.
The first half is for the world He created 'KiRusei', (as He willed), the perfect world of before the original sin, or for the perfect Tzadik; and the second the compromised world 'Damirun BiUlma...', the one we know and live in and are a part of in all its imperfection and flaw.