Practical Prayer

The one book you will read from more than any other book in your Jewish life is your siddur (prayer book).  This course takes you through the weekday prayers step-by-step so you will be able to pray with confidence.

Introduction

  • 2 types of prayer
  • 2 frameworks
  • 3 prayer services
  • 4 books
  • What is a nusach

Morning Brachot and Priorities in Prayer

  • Sections of the Siddur
  • Asher Yatzar
  • Elokai Neshama
  • Priority of prayers
  • Shema

Morning Brachot, Shema and Amidah

  • Finish Morning Brachot
  • Shema
  • Etiquette of the Shemoneh Esrai

Shemoneh Esrai

  • Kedusha
  • Chazzan’s repetition
  • Walk through the Shemoneh Esrai

Continuing through the siddur

  • Baruch She’amar
  • Yishtaback
  • Ashrei

Please note:  The videos skip #6 because there was a duplicate class created and so they were misnumbered.  You are not missing any videos.

Pesukei D’Zimra

  • Hallelukas
  • Bedtime Shema
  • What to do when you accidentally say Hashem’s name

The Standing Prayers

  • Barchu
  • Aleinu
  • Kaddish

When we talk about prayer in Judaism, we are referring to two different types of prayer.  One is personal prayer and the other is formal or communal prayer. Often, when you read about prayer in Jewish writings, they use the generic word for prayer, tefilla or sometimes the word avoda is used, and they are talking about the formal prayer.  Personal prayer is called hitbodedut and is sometimes used to refer to meditation as well as unstructured, personal prayer. 

As an individual, we have individual, unstructured prayer that comes from the heart and is unique between us and G-d. But as part of the Jewish people, we have a duty to participate in the communal prayers – those are the prayers of the siddur and they take the place of the communal offerings that were offered on behalf of the nation when the Temple stood.

Prayer from the siddur, and for men, in a minyan, is a central part of Jewish life and practice, and so we begin our course of study by going through the siddur so that you can become familiar with it and begin to feel comfortable with it.  After you have learned to read Hebrew and begun attending services on a regular basis, you may wish to review this course.

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