In this session we will explore the proper start and end time for reciting Shema. The text of Shema can be found in the Torah starting with the verse Shema Yisroel (Devorim 6:4). The Mishna links the start time of the evening Shema to the time that the Kohanim (priests) who had been impure, are finally considered pure with the start of the new Jewish day.
In this session we discover the divisions of the night. The Talmud continues with a story about Rabbi Yosi, which includes great insight into the statement Yihey Shemey Rabboh of Kaddish.
In this session we will explore the power of the Bedtime Shema, and the verses which are recited to accompany it. Also, we will discuss the halachic importance of the Bedtime Shema in that it is said at night, in contrast to the Shema of the evening service which is sometimes recited before nightfall.
Who wants to be challenged? We certainly don’t ask for it. But sometimes Hashem challenges us to induce growth and greatness. In this session we explore the role of challenge and in what ways we embrace challenge and in what ways we look to avoid it.
Although one’s personal merit and Kavanah (intent) is most important, this passage emphasizes one’s role as part of the greater Jewish community.
Avrham was known for his Teffilah (prayer). Avraham reached a most elevated level in which he bonded, trusted, and achieved effective Teffilah. In this session we explore Avraham’s strategy, and how we can emulate Avraham’s perspective.
How early is too early to daven for something? Can a person daven in advance for things that will happen in the distant future?
Are you in sync with your previous successes? The Talmud teaches that the impact of ones prayers is at its best when one links praise for previous redeption with ones current requests. For Hebrew text in pdf please click here Quick Review: Misheyakir- recognize white to Ticheiles or a guest Power of linking redemption to more »
Our Sages tell us that the Jews before the Torah was given also kept the mitzvos of the Torah, even though torah had not yet been commanded to them. What is the significance of their observance? And how does our observance differ from theirs?
Ideally a person should recite Birchas Hatorah as the new day begins. The Talmud considers a case where a person did not recite these blessings right away. Instead he began his prayers and recited the blessing that precedes Shema. The question considered is if that blessing of Ahava Rabboh will absolve him of his obligation to recite Birchas Hatorah because the essence of the blessing is so similar.
The requirement to recite the first two paragraphs of Shema is based on the text within them stating that they should be recited daily. The last paragraph, however, has no such command. Why is it that we recite that final paragraph as part of the structure called “Shema”. What is the message of this important section?
Shema is a most beautiful mitzvah. Saying it every day we get quite proficient in its recital. What exactly are the requirements and the level of intent which is required for this mitzvah?
Like anything that is important, daily prayer comes with anticipation. Special preparation guidelines enable us to get the most meaning from the service. Unique restrictions ensure that we do not get distracted or find other priorities before we greet the King.
“I read the book,” is a common enough expression. But what exactly does it mean to read something. Is sight reading sufficient? For ritual responsibilities must one be audible enough to be heard, or must one actually hear?
TTfT 0030 – A person should recite a special prayer before travelling. Interestingly, the text of Tefilas Haderech is in the plural even if a person is travelling alone. This is because a person groups himself with other travelers wherever they may be, and prayers for them and himself at the same time. In this more »
TTfT 0031 – Chana was childless for many years. She had a very difficult time of it, and eventually prayed a particular heartfelt, breakthrough prayer which resulted in Hashem’s blessing her with a very special child. Shmuel. Shmuel would grow up to be the prophet who would anoint both king Shaul and king Dovid. Many more »
TTfT 0032- Usually we approach G-d with enormous reverence and respect. On occasion, however, we are told that some great people approached G-d quite boldly. Examples include Chana, Moshe, and Eliyahu the prophet. Brachos 32a- Today we discuss the topic of harsh prayers that were accepted. Specifically, we will discuss the prayers of Chana, Moshe, more »