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The second blessing of the Shema begins with the words Ahavat Olam (an everlasting love), and highlights the special love G-d displays towards the Jew, which in turn arouses a love from the Jew to G-d.

The Reciprocal Love

The Reciprocal Love

Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 34

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The Reciprocal Love: Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 34

The second blessing of the Shema begins with the words Ahavat Olam (an everlasting love), and highlights the special love G-d displays towards the Jew, which in turn arouses a love from the Jew to G-d.
Siddur: Ahavat Olam
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Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan is the Director of Lubavitch of Maryland. He is a board member of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.
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Sophia michigan August 5, 2015

Thank yo so very much. I had tears of Joy, listening to your message.
Yes, I understand G_D Choose Me.
I love G_D so very much. Reply

Paul Adedotun Taiwo Saudi Arabia August 5, 2015

Prayer Secondly, you briefly mentioned in one of the early classes that for God's blessings(gifts) to come down from the spiritual world to the physical world it has to pass through seven stages. You promised to expatiate on it. Having been patient for some weeks I am assuming you forgot about it.

Take for instance God's kindness. I am paraphrasing you: You said God's kindness is an abstract spiritual reality. For it to be relevant in the physical realm, it will pass through seven realms.

My question is why 7? Why not 4 since we only have 4 realms( Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, Assiyah)?

In Christianity, we are thought different forms of prayer like the prayer of supplication, prayer of confession, prayer of petition, etc. What are the views of Judaism on these forms of prayer?

What is the place of meditation and confession(declaring the world of God) in prayer?

Based on these lecture series, have you written or planning to write any book on prayer? I love to have one for my peronal study. Reply

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