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Verbalizing Our Prayers

Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 7


Verbalizing Our Prayers: Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 7

In this lesson we explore the importance to prepare ourselves before we begin to pray, and why it’s necessary to verbally express our prayers. We preface the introductory prayers with a commitment to love our fellow Jew, which is followed by words of ‘Ma Tovu’ (the impact of a shul).
Siddur: Hareini Mekabel, Siddur: Ma Tovu Ohalecha
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Prayer Book, Prayer, Speech; Communication, Ahavat Yisrael

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Leonard Singer January 24, 2018

Verbalization is very complicated. In secular schools we are taught not to. Moreover, in light of the length of the prayers and the speed at which the minyan is led (two topics I hope this series will recognize and discuss), the average person cannot say every word, especially in the distinct way which the Rabbi expects. And, being unable to verbalize each word as one apparently must do, one is discouraged from prayer. Reply

Boruch ben Laibl Sumner Washington January 5, 2015

Morning Prayer the blessings...etc.. B*H - Rabbi...thank you for expanding my knowledge of not only what the prayer mean to us by why we pray so we have a better understanding of the power of the prayers for Am Yisrael Chai, ourselves and to glorify Hashem and to do Mitzvot. It has taken me almost 38 years for me to return to the study of Torah when my Father passed. May his blessed memory be installed in all I do. He gave me so much and I did not know what he gave me. Reply

L Canada December 31, 2014

This is an awsome teaching, many layers of effort & revelation? B'H', Blessing to Rabbi Shmual Kaplan & his family. Awesome. Reply

Janice Colorado December 31, 2014

HaShem is the god who hears prayers, the non god have no ears to hear and we return the gift He gave us speech, as we also give a tenth of the grain He give us.Your talk helped me form additional reasons why we verbalize, thank you. Reply

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