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Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 5
In this lesson we examine the succession of morning blessings, which express our thanksgiving for many special gifts we’re granted on a daily basis. We also don’t shy away from openly discussing the more controversial blessings at the end.
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 4
In this lesson we probe the deeper meaning of the blessing ‘Elokay Neshamah’, which acknowledges and thanks G-d for granting us life and a divine soul. We then proceed to explore the subsequent morning blessings of gratitude.
The morning blessings thanking G-d for the land upon which we tread, our steps that G-d directs, for taking care of all our needs, girding us with might, and crowning us with glory.
A deeper understanding of the morning blessings; thanking G-d for keeping us upright, clothing us and giving to the weary strength and energy.
The meaning of the morning blessings, how they help us express gratitude and draw down G-dliness into our world.
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 2
In this lesson we look at the rationale for us blessing G-d in general and specifically in the morning, why Hebrew is the preferred language for prayer, and the layers of meaning to the ritual hand washing in the morning.
Understanding Prayer
Exploring the history of prayer, the structure of the siddur, and the morning blessings.
These morning blessings show our gratitude to G-d in different ways for waking us up and giving us the opportunity to do mitzvot.
A mystical reading of three daily blessings, reversing their negative connotation
A critique of the three negative blessings, "that I was not made a woman... a slave... a non-Jew," gives way to a mystical teaching on three modes of soulful expression, and ultimately to a reminder that the soul's essence lies beyond all expression.
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