The Ba'al Shem Tov, The Alter Rebbe, and the two sides of Prayer (simple vs complex) (5780/2020).
The Ba’al Shem Tov, The Alter Rebbe, and the two sides of Prayer (simple vs complex)A “Zoom” class for Australia about Prayer and The upcoming Yom Tov of Chai Elul.The two sides of prayer: simple (אני מתפלל לדעת זה התינוק; אדרבה המאור הוא בהתגלות) and complex (יודעים לכוין בשם) are addressed and reconciles these two...
Tefilla (5780/ 2019)
Tefilla. The basic idea of Prayer is a Mitzvah (one of the 613.) The idea of Davening quietly was introduced by Chana. The text of Prayer begins with the אנשי כנסת הגדולה (the members of the great assembly) who did it because language was becoming adulterated and people no longer spoke clearly and precisely. What...
Introduction to Kabalas Shabbos. (5772/2012).
An introduction to Kabbalas Shabbos. What is it? Who created it? and when? The evolution of a part of Davening that is not at all from the Anshei Knesses HaGedola. The oldest part of it is Mizmor Shir LiYom HaShabbos.
To the Beis Hamikdash vs. the Schechina in the west. (5777/ 2017).
Three ideas of a Korban (and Prayer) (5777/2017).
1) Sacrifice, 2) Bring closer, 3) Already close.
The ladder of Tefilla (5777/ 2017).
A thought that can be debated (I don’t really have a source for this). Disparate parts of the Liturgy, (Amida, Shma and its blessings, Pesukei Dizimra and its blessings etc.) to create the ladder of Tefilla.
The Prayer book provokes you (5775/2015)
Why Davening describes everything in such idealized terms.
Pre Yud Tes Kislev inspiration, in conclusion of the Tanya (5773/2012).
Thought on Tefilla as 19 Kislev approaches, Rachamana Liba baii.
The אבודרהם's work on the Siddur (5777/ 2017).
Class One (5777/ 2017) Who was he? What did he do? and Why is his work so important? A story of a פנימי- הרבי רש”ב and the אבודרהם. Class Two (5780/ 2019) What is special about this work
The Chassidus of Tefilla.
This class overviews different levels and philosophies of prayer culminating with Chassidus.
Prayer, Some thoughts and an overview.
A series from the Summer of 5770/2010. Class One. Introduction: What is Tefilla? Class Two. The ladder of Tefilla. Growth and Success. How Kabalah develops the ladder of each (morning) prayer. Class Three. Brochos. These Rabbinic forms said all the time for many different reasons have a very basic and important design and function. Class...
Some classes on prayer from the parsha series.
ViHaya Im Shamoa… Uleovdo.. (5768). Avoda Shebilev (The labor or work of the heart) is the Torah denotation for Prayer Why? Class One. Class two. Class Three.
Short inspirational thoughts.
A sanctuary at home. A spot in one’s home that is their personal sanctuary.
An inspiration for teenagers.
Class One: Da’as. Daas. The key to davening is actually- Davening, that means talking to G-d. Class two: “Which Jew doesn’t need to Daven?”. Often our disinterest in Davening is a lack of appreciation, understanding, and know-how. Post Seminary talk on prayer (5776/ 2016). It is time we turn it around and instead of waiting...