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Prayer Video

Videos on why we pray, the kabbalah of prayer, the struggles of prayer and lessons on praying on a Yacht

Videos on why we pray, the kabbalah of prayer, the struggles of prayer and lessons on praying on a Yacht

How to Serve G-d with Your Heart
Something Spiritual on Parshat Eikev
Prayer is a time to focus inward towards our essential connection with G-d.
Why Do We Pray?
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Why Do We Pray?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeira
Shuckling: Why Jews Sway During Prayer
Why do some traditional Jews sway while they pray or study?
G-d of Whose Fathers?
Collective Jewish identity cultivated through prayer
May a Jewish convert of non-Jewish ancestry truthfully refer to G-d as “the G-d of our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?” Maimonides unequivocally ruled affirmatively, arguing that Abraham is truly the spiritual father of all Jews, and allowing converts to feel themselves fully a part of the Jewish collective.
A 12th Century Prayer Book
Unlocking the insights of a medieval manuscript in an Oxford library
One of the worlds oldest prayer books, housed in an Oxford library, provides new insight into the history of Jewish prayer.
Setting the World Straight
The 3 Pillars of Torah, Prayer and Acts of Kindness
The world, our Sages tell us, stands on three pillars—Torah, Avodah (Prayer) and Acts of Kindness. This class will explore the inner dimension and effect of these 'pillars', both on the individual and the world at large. (Based on the maamor Podoh B'sholom 5716)
The Songs of the Angels
In our daily prayers we repeatedly quote the praises and songs that the angels offer the Almighty on High. These visions of the celestial beings have been transmitted to us by the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel. This class will explain the meaning of these songs and why in our prayers, we - mere mortals of flesh and blood - invoke the compositions of the angels. (Based on the Purim maamor of 5714 / 1954)
Holiness and Purity
Video | 37:07
Holiness and Purity
Parsha Ki-Tisa
According to Jewish law, one must wash each morning before prayers just like the priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. What is the difference between washing for holiness and washing for purity? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 31, p. 184.)
Internal Tribes
Video | 45:51
Internal Tribes
Parsha Vayechi
How Reuven, Shimon, Levi and Yehudah represent four different phases we experience as we go through the order of the morning prayers: 1) Reuven—the first paragraph of Shema, 2) Shimon—the second paragraph of Shema, 3) Levi—the blessings after Shema, and 4) Yehudah—the Amidah prayer. (Based on the discourse "Yehuda Achecha Yoducha 5738.")
Internal Tribes, Part 2
Commentaries on the Torah
How Reuven, Shimon, Levi and Yehudah represent four different phases we experience as we go through the order of the morning prayers: 1) Reuven—the first paragraph of Shema, 2) Shimon—the second paragraph of Shema, 3) Levi—the blessings after Shema, and 4) Yehudah—the Amidah prayer. (Based on the discourse "Yehuda Achecha Yoducha 5738.")
Washing Before Prayer
Parsha Ki-Tisa
The priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. This is the basis for our washing before prayer. We study two applications of this law, one in Maimonides and one in the rulings of R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi.
Learning Pirkei Avot
Rabbi Shimon would say: Be meticulous with the reading of the Shma and with prayer. When you pray, do not make your prayers routine, but [an entreaty of] mercy and a supplication before the Almighty… And do not be wicked in your own eyes. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.2:13)
The Contemporary Social Relevance of Chasidic Prayer
Chabad's brand of contemplative prayer should not be thought of merely as a solitary spiritual exercise, but rather as an activity that can transform society and change the world.
Rambam: Shema, Chapters 3-4 - Tefilah 1
Rambam: Tefilah, Chapters 2-4
Daily Mitzvah, Day 21: The Shema, Part 2 & Prayer, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 21 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 22: Prayer, Part 2
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 22 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 23: Prayer, Part 3
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 23 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 24: Prayer, Part 3
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 24 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 25: Prayer, Part 4
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 25 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 35: Circumcision, Part 2 & Nusach HaTefilah, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 35 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 36: Nusach HaTefilah, Part 2
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 36 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 37: Nusach HaTefilah, Part 3 & Resting on Shabbat, Part 1
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 37 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
Halachic Issues and the Chassidic Movement, Part 7
Examining questions raised by opponents to Chassidism
The class discusses the issue of whether it’s appropriate to skip prayers in order to daven with a minyan.
Proper Kavanah (Mindfulness) in Prayer
Contemporary Halachah from Shulchan Aruch
Why Aren't My Prayers Answered?
A Taste of Text—Va’etchanan
Even though Moses’ fervent prayer seems to not have been granted, he teaches us to never give up on our prayers being answered.
The Evolution of the Siddur
Understanding Prayer
Exploring the history of prayer, the structure of the siddur, and the morning blessings.
Flowers in Space
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Flowers in Space
What does your mind have in common with a bunch of pretty flowers? Both can become too cluttered...
Communal Prayer, Tattoos, and Visiting a Cemetery
The power of praying together as a community, the prohibition against tattoos, and the custom of visiting and praying at a cemetery.
Women and Prayer
Video | 30:00
Women and Prayer
Women in Jewish religious life
Why are men and women separated by a mechitzah in the synagogue? Why aren’t women counted for a minyan? Do women wear tallis and tefillin?
Selfless Prayer
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Selfless Prayer
12 Tammuz, 5744 • July 12, 1984
In the Holy Temple, a Korban Olah, a Burnt sacrifice, was offered up twice daily, in the morning and at dusk. Our Sages teach that while we are in exile, “the prayers were established in place of the daily offerings.” ‘Korban,’ offering, shares the same Hebrew root as ‘Kiruv,’ closeness. The purpose of an offering is, that through it, we become closer to G-d. True closeness to G-d can be achieved when our prayers, like the Burnt Offering, are in order to connect with G-d, not for personal gain.
The Power of Jewish Pride
Vacationing at sea, a successful Jewish businessman was diligent to recite his daily prayers and inquired of the captain which direction was eastward. The captain asked, “Why your sudden interest in the boat’s navigation?” The businessman explained that our prayers ascend through Jerusalem, and a Jew faces there three times a day to beseech G-d.
Morning Prayers with the Rebbe
10 Shevat, 5726 • January 31, 1966
The Order of the Daily Prayers
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The Order of the Daily Prayers
Defining the Mitzvah of Tefillah
Determining the order of the three daily prayers provides understanding into the very nature of prayer.
The Double Identity of Prayer
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The Double Identity of Prayer
Defining the Mitzvah of Tefillah
We explore the two paradoxical components of prayer, and how they’re alluded to in the precise wording of the Rambam
The Workings of Praise
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The Workings of Praise
Understanding Prayer
In this class we examine the deeper meaning and messages behind the various prayers describing the Temple service, as well as the many prayers expressing our praise and gratitude to G-d, which lead up to the Shema prayer.
Your Guide to the Shema
Understanding Prayer
Many fundamental beliefs of Judaism can be found in this prayer. Learn how to internalize its message to improve your relationship with G-d.
Your Guide to the Amidah
Understanding Prayer
Having climbed the rungs of the prayer ladder, we have reached its peak with the Amidah prayer. We are now at a point of total humility in the presence of something far greater than ourselves.
The Concluding Prayers
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The Concluding Prayers
Understanding Prayer
An exploration of the concluding prayers following the Amidah, helping us bring the inspiration from prayer into all areas of our lives. The prayers of Confession and Supplication, Ashrei and Uva L’tziyon, the Song of the Day, Ein Keilokeinu and Aleinu.
Women and Prayer, Part 1
The Power of Prayer
An introductory course to the prayerbook, the power of prayer and everything else you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about feminine Jewish prayer.
Women and Prayer, Part 2
Blessings and Praise
Women and Prayer, Part 3
The Shema
Women and Prayer, Part 4
The Amidah I
Women and Prayer, Part 5
The Amidah II
Our Morning Boost
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Our Morning Boost
The Modeh Ani Prayer
Just as eating a nutritious breakfast at the start of our day is important for our well-being, similarly the Modeh Ani prayer helps jump-start our spiritual day.
Tackling the Barriers
Verses of Praise--The Prayer of Pesukei d'Zimra
There is a big castle that is surrounded by thorn bushes that we need to chop down in order to clear our path to get inside. The verses of praise, ‘pesukei d'zimra’, are those prayers that help us "chop down" and clear away all those external barriers that distract us, in order to give us access to the castle of our inner selves and souls.
The Nerve Center of all Jewish Prayers
The Shema Prayer
The Shema prayer has always been a central prayer for Jews in times of difficulty and times of wonder, connecting us to G-d as well as other Jews. Find out about the history, evolution and meaning of this prayer and why it is such a powerful prayer for us.
Modeh Ani
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Modeh Ani
Adon Olam
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Adon Olam
Sheyibaneh
Video | 1:19
Sheyibaneh