Jewish Prayer: עבודה שבלב
Exploring the delicate balance between private prayer and membership in the prayer community of כלל ישראל
About this course
Tefilah - Jewish prayer - is at one and the same time an intensely private experience as well as a portal to the centuries-old relationship between God and Israel. This course - drawn from the first daf of the fourth perek/chapter of Masechet Berachot - explores the halachic expression of this delicate balance.
Ten crisp, clear shiurim take the learner through each step of this foundational sugyah. Complete with multiple-choice quizzes after every shiur and Quizlet vocabulary reviews after most shiurim. All video shiurim and course materials are downloadable for your convenience! This course is an excellent addition to any yeshiva high-school curriculum.
StartWhat IS the Zman for Shacharit? (13:44)
StartMaking Up a Missed Mincha (16:10)
StartIs Havdalah in Ma'ariv Essential? (8:54)
StartHavdalah in Ma'ariv: Through the Eyes of Rashi (21:34)
PreviewOrigins of Tefilah: Avot vs. Korbanot Pt 1 (14:51)
StartOrigins of Tefilah: Avot vs. Korbanot Pt 2 (11:04)
StartAvot vs. Korbanot: Conclusion (8:27)
StartHow Late Can You Daven Shacharit According to R. Yehudah? (21:45)
StartThe Shacharit-Musaf-Mincha Puzzle - Solved (9:04)
StartHow Late Can You Daven: Conclusion (14:47)
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers grew up in a traditional home in Winnipeg, Canada; although he had a solid day school education, his exposure to Gemara began only at the age of 22. Along the way, he encountered seasoned Talmidei-Chachamim whose impressive minds and shiurim often raced ahead of their less experienced students; he understood that there's much to be said for encouraging talmidim to "stretch themselves."
That said, Rav Ron-Ami also benefited from master educators who appreciated the need to make explicit the language, logical structures, and assumptions that Torah scholars have operated with for generations.
Rabbi Meyers has Semicha from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz ZTz"L, Dayan Avraham Kopschitz ZTz"l, and Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Poupko ZTz"L