Likutei Sichos vol. 29 page 182 ff. classes

What is it about Chana's prayer that makes it the basis for so many important Halachos of T'filla?

Introduction, new ideas of Davening are learned from Chana- why. The issue of Davening and its levels will be explored IYH in this season. Page 182-3.

The answer that we don't learn from prior to Mattan Torah doesn't hold up either. Page 183.

Before Mattan Torah was higher than afterwards but it was a Mesiras Nefesh state.

The three opinions (levels) of Tefilla 1) Every day 2) When have an acute need, 3) Connection to Hashem; B. Bracha vs. Tefilla. Page 183-4.

Tefilla that is higher than Bracha. Birchas Kohanim has both strengths. The three ideas of Rambam (every day you must Daven ), the RaMaN (when you have a special need) and the the opinion that holds that Tefilla is not DiOraisa at all. These are three levels of prayer. Page 184.

Chana davened for the deepest thing, that her son be a Tzadik from birth (defying the rule of free will) and is therefore the model for all prayer. The deeper the issue one prays for the deeper is the prayer. Page 185.


Discussion, on the deeper levels what we ask for and the connection with Hashem are far more separate. On the very deepest level they are literally the same thing.

How did Chana know that Shmuel would be a Nazir. This too revals the power of her prayer. Page 185-6.

The Kavana of Tefilla is part of the Mitzva and it is the feelings in the heart. Kavana normally means the mind; and this involves three ideas 1) Thinking that this is a commandment of God, 2) Thinking what is the specific intent of this particular commandment, 3) Thinking what the meaning of the words of the passage one is reciting while doing any Mitzva that involves recitation. We are speaking here (about Tefilla), in Davening, about 'Kavanas HaLev' the feelings in the heart. This is not the meaning behind the Mitzva of prayer, it IS the Mitzva of Prayer. Page 186.

''Kavanas HaLev' the feelings in the heart is not meaning behind the Mitzva of prayer, it is the Mitzva of Prayer. This is most underscored in Chana's prayer, where her request and the connection with Hashem she created are much closer than when one has an ordinary request. The Rebbe compares this difference to Tefilla and Bracha discussed earlier in the Sicha. Page 187.

Conclusion. This offers a much deeper understanding of the connection between Chana's Prophecy and Rosh Hashana. Our crowning Hashem as King is about a deep connection and involvement in His world. This is what Chana's Tefilla epitomized. Page 187-8.


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