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Prayer Audio

A selection of audio on the history of prayer, how to pray and why we pray

A selection of audio on the history of prayer, how to pray and why we pray

Tehillim With Tears
Audio | 13:24
Tehillim With Tears
On the lifelong journey to get out one sincere word.
Kavanah: Meditation
Part 3 of 4
Gender Roles
Part 4 of 4
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.
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?
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.
Modeh Ani - Part 1
Audio | 14:18
Modeh Ani
Part 1: Focused Intentions
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman provides a first entry into authentic and practical Jewish meditation. Taking us step by step through the words of the first morning prayer, providing imagery and concepts for mindful focus.
Modeh Ani - Part 2
Continuing Our Meditation
Continuing the Modeh Ani meditation with a contemplation of the Creator as Author of our personal stories.
Modeh Ani - Part 3
Audio | 12:42
Modeh Ani - Part 3
Putting It All Together
Final segment of the Modeh Ani meditation, focusing on the return of the soul.
Y'hay Sh'may Raba
Audio | 18:19
Y'hay Sh'may Raba
The essence of the Kaddish
The Kaddish response is meant to be said with "all the power of your mental focus." Here is a practical guide to saying each word with total mindfulness and focus.
Shema Yisrael 1
Audio | 17:58
Shema Yisrael
Part One: Imagining Creation
The first step of Shema is to lift yourself into a space from which you can see the view from above.
Shema Yisrael 2
Audio | 15:20
Shema Yisrael
Part Two: Speech: The Ultimate Metaphor for Creation
We use the emergence of speech from the human psyche to experience the act of creation within ourselves.
Shema Yisrael 3
Audio | 9:11
Shema Yisrael
Part Three: The Essential Secret
Real secrets don't need to be hidden--they are known only to those who already know. The most absolute secret is to know existence itself.
Shema Yisrael 4
Audio | 10:55
Shema Yisrael
Part Four: Going Back Out Into the World
Now we bring this all back down to earth with an added line after the Shema.
Amidah: Shemoneh Esrei 1
Part 1: Logging-on – Praise
The very idea of prayer is absurd--a tiny creature speaking with its Creator, like a figment of your imagination talking back to you. Once you accept that absurdity, you are ready to stand in the awe of prayer.
Amidah: Shemoneh Esrei 2
Part 2: The Plea – Personal Requests
The Shemoneh Esrei tells a story, began with a proper order of priorities in life, each need in its proper place.
Amidah: Shemoneh Esrei 3
Part 3: The Plea – Communal Requests
Next comes the story of redemption, leading up to the ultimate prayer in the temple of a rebuilt Jerusalem.
Amidah: Shemoneh Esrei 4
Part 4: The Exit
Leaving the upper world while holding on tight.
Baruch Attah... Part 1
Audio | 30:19
Baruch Attah...
Part 1: Holy Bananas
Mindful eating begins by opening a channel. Tzvi Freeman works backwards, step by step, disclosing the thoughts behind a mindful blessing.
Baruch Attah... Part 2
Audio | 20:04
Baruch Attah...
Part 2: Mindful Mitzvahs
Before doing any mitzvah, a blessing is also said, but somewhat longer. Rabbi Freeman illuminates the meaning of the added words.
Modeh Ani
Audio | 50:57
Advanced
Modeh Ani
This class teaches the layers of meaning to this essential, first prayer of the day which expresses our gratitude to G-d for granting us our soul each morning.
P’sukei D’zimrah
This class discusses the deeper reason and significance to the section of prayer called p’sukei d’zimrah – verses of praise.
First Blessing of Shema
This class explains the purpose and inner intent for the next section of prayer, the blessings of Shema, starting with the first blessing of Yotzer Ohr.
The Second Blessing of Shema
This class sheds light on the second blessing of Shema; Ahavas Olam, and how it relates to the Shema itself.
Reciting Shema
Audio | 49:10
Advanced
Reciting Shema – Krias Shema
This class provides an in-depth understanding of the themes contained in the reciting of the Shema.
The First Parshah of Shema
This class expounds upon the concept of loving G-d that’s mentioned in the first portion of the shema; v’ahavtah.
The Second Parshah of Shema
This class illuminates the subject of mitzvot as part of our love to G-d that’s stated in the second portion of shema; v’ha’yah.
The Third Parshah of Shema
This class explains the connection of tzitzit, which is the subject of the third portion of shema, to the theme of shema itself.
The Amidah – Shemona Esrei
Audio | 51:42
Advanced
The Amidah – Shemona Esrei
This class discusses the focal point of prayer – the amidah – where we reach the pinnacle of prayer.
The Tachanun Prayer
This class teaches the special significance of the tachanun prayer.
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?
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.)
Six Days, Six Ways
Audio | 33:54
Six Days, Six Ways
Insights into Ashrei - Part 1
The six days of creation as six distinct ways of relating to G-d. Based on the verse (Psalms 145:2) "Everyday I will bless You, and I will extol Your name forever."
Seeing or Believing
Audio | 29:43
Seeing or Believing
Insights into Ashrei - Part 2
The difference between seeing G-d's involvement in our lives as opposed to believing in his loftier qualities. (Based on Psalms 145:3-10)
The Here and Now
Audio | 25:01
The Here and Now
Insights into Ashrei - Part 3
The pious one seeks out G-d in a way that can be felt in his day-to-day life. (Based on Psalms 145:11-12)