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Prayer - the service of the heart – is an essential way to express one’s love of G-d. Discover the origin of the prayers, their structure, significance and deeper meaning.

Prayer

Prayer

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Liturgy
Learn selected prayers, blessings and songs.
Listen to a selection of prayers, Grace after Meals, Shabbat hymns, and more
The Dialogue of Prayer
A four part lecture series that explores the historical development of prayer, the value of private and congregational prayer, the special function of ‘kavana’ and the unique roles of men and women in prayer.
Divine Whispers
The story of the great prophetess Chana is read as part of the Rosh Hashanah services. Many of the laws of prayer are derived from Chana’s conduct. But moreover, Chana also reveals the inner essence of prayer.
The Shema and its Blessings
An insight on the Kaddish and the Shema and its Blessings. What to contemplate when reciting the Shema, and what the angels do when they recite the Shema.
Why We Pray
Audio | 46:46
Why We Pray
If G-d knows what we need, why do we need to pray?
A Hard Day’s Night
Discover the two dimensions of prayer as we explore which prayer is the first of the day: the morning or evening prayer?
Insights into Kaddish
The Prayer Recited by a Mourner
What is Kaddish? Why do we say Kaddish and the connection between the living and the dead.
Kaddish Meditation
Audio | 15:27
Kaddish Meditation
Learn how to answer the Kaddish with greater understanding of its meaning.
G-d is One
Audio | 2:28
G-d is One
The 'Shema' Prayer
What is the deeper meaning of the shema prayer? Does it mean that there is just one G-d, or just One anything?
Unleashing the Power of Prayer
What is prayer meant to achieve? What is the structure and meaning of the “amidah” prayer, the focal point of prayer?
Meaningful High Holiday Prayer
Finding meaning in Prayer and its unique High Holiday theme
How to Use Prayer as a Meditative Tool
Somewhere along the way we seem to have lost the art of meditative prayer. Chassidic philosophy offers a comprehensive approach to rekindling the meditative experience within prayer. Rabbi Shishler offers a glimpse into the spiritual journey called prayer.
Jewish Meditation
Guidance on Mindful Prayer
In order to give one’s words wings with which they may fly, we endeavor to infuse them with meditative intentions. Learning to inspire prayer with meditation greatly enhances the experience and imbues it with enhanced meaning and reach. This series offers guided meditations appropriate to everyday prayer.
The Sections of Prayer
This series of classes present the deeper meanings for the different sections of prayer that serve as steps of the spiritual ladder of prayer as explained in Kabbalah and Chassidut.
Diverse Versions of Prayer
Audio | 38:01
Advanced
Diverse Versions of Prayer
This class explains in detail the purpose of prayer and why there are variations in the nusach – prayer text – from Sefard to Ashkenaz.
The Three Daily Prayers
Audio | 51:28
Advanced
The Three Daily Prayers
This class details the special significance and unique quality of each of the three daily prayers; Shacharit (morning), Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening).
Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
Audio | 46:38
Advanced
Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
This class provides an in-depth understanding of the verse shema yisroel; the fundamental declaration of faith in G-d’s unity.
Prayers of Shabbos (1)
Audio | 41:19
Advanced
Prayers of Shabbos
Part 1
This class goes through the Shabbat prayers and presents profound insights into their meaning.
Prayers of Shabbos (2)
Audio | 47:44
Advanced
Prayers of Shabbos
Part 2
This class goes through the Shabbat prayers and presents profound insights into their meaning.
The Significance of an Aliyah
The special significance in receiving an aliyah, the honor of being called up to recite the blessing over the Torah.
Reciting Hallel
Audio | 49:55
Advanced
Reciting Hallel
The mitzvah of saying hallel on the festivals; when, how and why it is recited, and its meaning.
The Priestly Blessing
Audio | 38:44
Advanced
The Priestly Blessing
The customs of birchat kohanim, the priestly blessings, and their special quality and significance.
Kiddush Levanah
Audio | 47:39
Advanced
Kiddush Levanah
This kabbalistic explanation to the prayer of kiddush levanah in which we bless the new moon at the beginning of each month.
Brachot – Blessings
Audio | 50:40
Advanced
Brachot – Blessings
The different categories of blessings, their significance and their deeper meaning.
Birchat Hamazon
Audio | 46:28
Advanced
Birchat Hamazon
The spiritual understanding of birchat hamazon, the blessing recited after a meal of bread.
Is It Chutzpah to Pray?
Audio | 1:03:39
Is It Chutzpah to Pray?
Chanah’s prayer and how to talk to G‑d
From the story of the prophetess Chanah, we learn the proper way to approach G‑d and express our needs. (A text-based discussion of the first chapter of Samuel I.)
Insights into Ashrei
The Beauty of Psalm 145
The Talmud praises those who recite Psalms 145 – also known as the prayer of Ashrei – each day. This series provides thoughtful insights into the deeper meaning of the verses of this prayer.
Women and Prayer
A Journey in the Siddur
In this series, Goldie Plotkin explores the meaning of the prayers step by step, and their personal relevance in our day-to-day life.
Kaddish: The Service of the Soul, Part 1
The history, meaning and laws of this sacred prayer
Kaddish: The Service of the Soul, Part 2
The history, meaning and laws of this sacred prayer
The World of Prayer
A Map of the Siddur
A comprehensive course exploring why we pray, the history of prayer, the structure of the prayer book, and the meaning of the basic prayers.