Classes

01 Mode' Ani - 3 Classes

Mode’ Ani. Class One: (5767) Inspiration and information to improve your davening. Start with the first step – Modeh Ani. This class includes a wide range of sources and touches on many aspects of Modeh Ani – when was it written and by whom, what preceded it, different opinions on how it should be carried...

02 Netilas Yadayim and the Bracha, Al Netilas Yadayim Wednesday 7 Tishrei 5774/ September 11 2013. (Machon Chana).

Netilas Yadayim and the Bracha, Al Netilas Yadayim. This class on the Bracha of Netilas yadayim focused on the reasons for washing (both negative ones, going out of what is negative) and positive ones (going into K’dusha). It is for the latter reason that we make a Bracha. Why negel vasser is intermittent and other...

03.0 Boruch... Asher kidshanu BiMitzvosav Vitzivanu Li... 4 Classes

Boruch… Asher kidshanu BiMitzvosav Vitzivanu Li… Class One: The First Six Words ברוך אתה ה’ אלוקינו מלך העולם A thought from the Flatbush Classes. Wednesday 28 Tishrei 5774/ October 2 2013. (Machon Chana). Class Two: (the long version). The prefix to all Brachos and Birchas HaMitzvos is discussed here. The Abudraham, Kabbalah (the Tola’as Ya’akov)...

03.1 Asher Yatzar - 2 Parts

Asher Yatzar (Part One). Wednesday 5 MarCheshvan 5774/ October 9 2013. (Machon Chana). 1) The blessing for nature and (specifically) for life and human life. 2) Different versions. 3) five ideas: A. Life, B. The moment of birth, C. In the service of God, D. The correlation between man and Atzilus, E. The struggles of...

03.2 Asher Yatzar and Elokai Neshama (5780/ 2019) Yeshiva

Asher Yatzar and Elokai Neshama These two Brachos are a pair: Guf and Neshama. A brief overview of these two Brachos and their interface.

04 Elokai Neshama (5774/2013) 4 Entries

Short Thought on Elokai Neshama (5772/2012) Complete Classes on Elokai Neshama (from Machon Chana): Class One. Wednesday 19 MarCheshvan/ Oct. 23, 2013. This is the First class on Elokai Neshama. Here we introduce the prayer, thanking Hashem for the (Godly) Soul, and not just life (like Asher Yatzar). We noticed variations in the text of...

05 100 Brachos and Birchas Hashachar (intro) Wednesday 10 Kislev 5774/ Nov. 13 2013. (3 entries)

100 Brachos This long class explores the idea of 100 Brachos as one of the oldest ‘customs’ Jews have. What it means, why it started, and what is the secret behind it. The class concludes with a wonderful explanation according to Chassidus. Birchas Hashachar (Introduction) Class One: (thought on Birchas Hashachar) Wednesday 17 Kislev, 5774/...

05.1 Birchas HaShachar (01) Hanosain Lasechvi Bina Lihavchin 3 Classes

Hanosein Lasechvi Vina… Class One. Wednesday 24 Kislev 5774/ Nov. 27 2013. The idea that we open these blessings by thanking Hashem for the rooster’s wisdom seems odd. What is the big deal? 1) This is about being in control of time even as we sleep which God created the rooster to help with. 2)...

06 Birchas HaShachar (02-06) (6 Classes)

Pokeach Ivrim. Wednesday 8 Teves 5774/ Dec. 11 2013. When one opens his eyes he makes s Bracha ‘Pokeach Ivrim’. There are fives ideas to this 1) Simply opening the eyes is sufficient basis for the Bracha, 2) You must see light, 3) You must actually see things, 4) You see the eyes of Hashem...

11 Birchas Hashachar (07-09)(4 Classes)

Short Class On all three Brachos (Yeshiva 5780). These three Brachos deal with the ability to walk the earth, which allows us, human kind to be “outside our source” and exercise free will in doing our purpose. The land rose up over the sea, and He gave us (and continues giving us) the steps with which...

14 Birchas Hashachar (10-11)(3 Classes) Ozairi Yisroel BiGvura(10), Oter Yisroel BiSifara(11)

Short class on the Two Brachos for what is given to “Yisroel”, a belt and a hat, they are both about something spiritual. The strength for the service of Hashem. Wednesday 12 Adar 1 5774/ Feb. 12 2014.Ozairi Yisroel BiGvura. Eleven different insights into (the gartel and) why we make this Bracha. Question how do...

16 Birchas Hashachar (12-14) Shelo Asani Goi (12), Shelo Asani Eved (13), Shelo Asani Isha (14) - (4 Classes)

Short Version on all three Brachos, given in Yeshiva (5780/ 2020).Why they are said in negative because all three (Goi, Aved, Isha) are good but there’s something better.Why the Chabad custom is to skip Sheasani Kirtzono? And also they don’t say Shelo Asani Ish? Wednesday 26 Adar 1 5774/ Feb. 26 2014. Shelo Asani Goi....

19 Hama'avir Shaina... Hagomel Chasadim Tovim...(5 Classes)

Short Version of Hama’avir Shaiana… Hagomel… (Yeshiva 5780).This is not a Bracha for physical vision but for spiritual vision, the clarity to go through life, live in the world, make a living (with Hashem’s kindness,) and not stumble.We ask not to be tested, not to shame ourselves and affect Chilul Hashem, but to be a...

20 Yehi Ratzon... Shetatzilaini...(3 Classes)

Wednesday, 7 Iyar 5774/ May 7, 2014.Yehi Ratzon… Shetatzilaini… Part one. Introduction. The supplemental prayer of protection next to the primary prayer of empowerment. Part Two. We discuss all the aspects of this prayer. Each is seen as removing a secondary obstacle, so that we can deal with the good we must do and the...