Unlike spontaneous prayer, daily prayer is done regularly and with some level of predictability. It is proper to prepare for such prayer. This includes dressing appropriately and designating a place for prayer so that it is more of a destination type audience than a haphazard communication.

The following links to take Ten for Talmud sessions will be helpful.

Brachos 14- Preparing to Daven

Brachos 23- Preparing for Davening


Prayers come in many forms. There are short ones, like the one that Moshe offered on behalf of his sister, Miriam, as well as the brief formula which the Talmud outlines for use when traveling in a dangerous area. There also is a concept of long and repeated prayer such as the series of prayers that Moshe offered in an effort to alter the decree that he wouldn’t be able to enter the Land of Israel. Here is a Take Ten for Talmud session on this topic Brachos 34- Tefilah, The Long and the Short

But the concept of prayer to the Jew is more than special requests when we are in crisis. Prayer includes expressions of gratitude, as well as expressions of clarity regarding G-d and our relationship with him. Foremost in keeping with this theme is the system of daily prayer through which we develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with G-d through prayer. The daily service of prayer includes:

The Morning Blessings: These include the blessings for Torah study, as well as 15 blessings of gratitude identifying aspects for which we are grateful, including the ability to see, stretch, walk, and be rejuvenated by sleep.

Related topics from our Take Ten for Talmud section:

Brachos 11- Birchas Hatorah and Ahava Rabboh


The Shemoneh Esrei or Amidah is the main part of the prayer service. In the weekday service it is comprised of 19 blessings. In certain aspects it is modeled after the powerful prayer of Chanah. Here are some Take Ten for Talmud sessions that will be helpful.

Brachos 29- Shemoneh Esrei- Nineteen Blessings

Brachos 31- Chanah’s Tefilah



Brachos 28- How is Maariv Different

One important facet of daily prayer is that there are specific times for the morning (Shacharis), afternoon (Mincha), and night (Maariv) prayers.

This Take Ten for Talmud session describes the link between the prayers and the Patriarchs (Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yakov) who instituted them.

Brachos 26- Times for Tefilos





Kedusha: God’s Favorite Prayer


The Importance of a Minyan, Sugya Series (In Depth Class)