Talmud Brachos

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Brachos 2- Time of Evening Shema

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.

Brachos 4- The Bedtime Shema

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.

Brachos 5- Dealing With Challenge

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.

Brachos 9- Linking Redemption to Tefilah

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 »

Brachos 10- Mitzvos after Har Sinai

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?

Brachos 11- Birchas Hatorah and Ahava Rabboh

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.

Brachos 12- Why is Tzitzis Part of Shema

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?

Brachos 14- Preparing to Daven

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.

Brachos 30- Tefilas Haderech

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 »

Brachos 31- Chanah’s Tefilah

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 »

Brachos 32- Harsh Prayers That Were Accepted

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 »