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As we begin our many praises of G-d in creation, we first establish some important principles in the Psalm Mizmor LeTodah, like G-d’s transcendent providence within nature. We then move on to explain the main ideas conveyed in the 21 verses of Yehi Ch’vod.

Serve with Joy

Serve with Joy

Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 14

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Serve with Joy: Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 14

As we begin our many praises of G-d in creation, we first establish some important principles in the Psalm Mizmor LeTodah, like G-d’s transcendent providence within nature. We then move on to explain the main ideas conveyed in the 21 verses of Yehi Ch’vod.
Siddur: Mizmor Letoda, Siddur: Yehi Chevod
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Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan is a noted Torah scholar and lecturer. He is the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Maryland Region, a board member of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the international educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, and of the Jewish Learning Institute. Rabbi Kaplan serves as the spiritual leader of The Shul at the Lubavitch Center in Baltimore, Md., and has hosted radio and television shows for more than 35 years, including hosting the acclaimed weekly radio show, "Awake, Alive, and Jewish," and co-hosting the weekly cable program, "Diana, Mike, and the Rabbi."
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Kaplan February 18, 2015

It is difficult to give a simple answer to this question because of the many variables that come into play. How fluent are you in reading Hebrew? How long are you able to maintain focused on one matter? and how much time do you have available to spend on it. When I am praying alone and have time I will spend between one and one and a half hours. In my Shul the Shachrit takes between forty and fifty (Monday and Thursday) minutes. The principle of the matter as stated in the Code of Jewish Law is "it is better to say a little with proper intent than a lot without it." However, there are basic prayers that must be said even if the level intent is questionable because the general intend of 'talking to Hashem' is there for anyone who is praying.
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Anonymous Arizona USA February 17, 2015

Morning prayers Please tell me approximately how long should it takes for a person to say the morning prayers (Shachearis) at home each day? Reply

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