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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 praye
r - 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.

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Your Instructor


Ron-Ami Meyers
Ron-Ami Meyers

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


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this course designed for?
Talmid-Chaver's courses are geared towards students who have basic Hebrew reading and translation skills and some experience in Gemara with Rashi. If you attended a Yeshiva/Yeshiva High School, spent a year at yeshiva in Israel, took a course in Talmud in college, or attend a basic Gemara shiur at your local synagogue or Kollel, Talmid-Chaver may be right for you. This is not a course for those with minimal Hebrew or no exposure to Gemara and Rashi. If you have any follow-up questions, feel free to contact us. Thanks!
Do you hope that Talmid-Chaver will replace classical yeshiva study?
Not at all - just the opposite: The goal of Talmid-Chaver is put you on the path towards independence, by offering courses that model the vocabulary, structure and logic of Gemara. Our courses are geared to mainstream you into intermediate then advanced shiurim in Gemara.

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