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Prayers & Blessings

Diverse Versions of Prayer
Audio | 38:01
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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
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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).
Modeh Ani
Audio | 50:57
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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
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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.
Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
Audio | 46:38
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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.
The Amidah – Shemona Esrei
Audio | 51:42
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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 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
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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
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The Priestly Blessing
The customs of birchat kohanim, the priestly blessings, and their special quality and significance.
Kiddush Levanah
Audio | 47:39
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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
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Brachot – Blessings
The different categories of blessings, their significance and their deeper meaning.
Birchat Hamazon
Audio | 46:28
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Birchat Hamazon
The spiritual understanding of birchat hamazon, the blessing recited after a meal of bread.