The Laws of Prayer - Series 2
Teacher Title תקציר Course
Rav David Brofsky Prayer in the Vernacular and Personal Requests During the Shemoneh Esrei This year, we will continue of discussion of tefilla, focusing on the structure of the Shemone Esrei, as well as the Chazarat Ha-Shatz, the Birkat Kohanim, Tefillat Mincha and Tefillat Aravit. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Alternatives to the Shemoneh Esrei Are there times in which one may fulfill tefillat Shemoneh Esrei in a different format? The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Insertions for Shemoneh Esrei (1) This week, we will begin our study of the various insertions added to Shemoneh Esrei. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Insertions for Shemoneh Esrei (2) This week, we will study the laws of Ve-ten Tal, which the Talmud calls "she'elat geshamim," the petition for rain, inserted into the ninth blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei, Birkat Ha-shanim (the Blessing of the Years). The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Insertions and Shemoneh Esrei (3) This week, we will address whether one who omits Ve-ten Tal must repeat Shemoneh Esrei, and we will analyze its relationship to the tefilla as a whole. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Concluding Shemoneh Esrei This week, we will finish our study of the silent Shemoneh Esrei, as we study the laws of its conclusion. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei (1) The Gemara (Rosh Ha-shana 34b) explains that after the silent Amida, recited by everyone individually, the shaliach tzibbur (often referred to by the acronym shatz) must recite aloud a repetition (chazara) of it, in order to fulfill the obligation for those unable to recite the Amida themselves. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of Shemoneh Esrei (Part II) Last week, we opened our discussion of the rabbinic institution of Chazarat Ha-shatz the repetition by the cantor (sheliach tzibbur, abbreviated shatz) of the Shemoneh Esrei on behalf of the tzibbur (congregation). The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of Shemoneh Esreh Part III This week, we will conclude our discussion of Chazarat Ha-shatz, exploring if and when the repetition may be abridged or omitted. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Kedusha (Part I) This week, we will begin our study of Kedusha, the centerpiece of Chazarat Ha-shatz. We will attempt to understand its meaning and role in Shemoneh Esreh, and we will discuss some practical dilemmas relating to Kedusha. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Kedusha (Part II) This week, we will investigate a fascinating question raised by the Rishonim regarding Kedusha. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing (Part I) This week, we will begin our study of Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing recited before the final berakha of the repetition. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part II This week, we will begin to study the laws of Birkat Kohanim, beginning with how and when a kohen fulfills or violates this mitzva of Birkat Kohanim, as well as the preparations for the priestly blessing. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part III This week, we will begin our discussion of the laws of the blessing itself and the interaction between the kohanim, the chazzan (prayer leader, also known as the sheliach tzibbur or shatz) and the congregation. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part IV Last week, we discussed both the kohen's approach to the dukhan (platform) and the occasional conflict between the kohen's personal obligation to pray and his responsibility to participate in Birkat Kohanim. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part V This week, we will continue our discussion of the congregation's conduct during Birkat Kohanim and look at the places in which Birkat Kohanim is not recited. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Viddui and Nefilat Appayim (Tachanun) Last week we concluded our study of Birkat Kohanim. This week, we will begin our study of the prayers recited immediately following Shemoneh Esreh during both Shacharit and Mincha. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Viddui and Nefilat Appayim (Tachanun) II This week we will discuss the parameters of the custom to fall upon one's face while reciting Tachanun, as well as the other laws and customs which govern its recitation. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Shemoneh Esreh This week we will continue our study of the prayers recited immediately following Shemoneh Esreh, including "Ve-Hu Rachum," recited on Monday and Thursday mornings with Tachanun; "Ashrei;" "La-mnatze'ach;" and "U-va le-Tziyyon." The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Prayers Recited After Shemoneh Esreh II This week, we will study the laws of "U-va le-Tziyyon" and Aleinu. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Prayers Recited After Shemoneh Esreh III This week, we will conclude our study of the prayers recited after Shemoneh Esreh as we investigate the origins and significance of Shir shel Yom and Pittum Ha-ketoret. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Tefillat Mincha (1) In previous shiurim we discussed the obligation to pray and the origins of the three daily prayers. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Tefillat Mincha (2) This week, we continue our discussion of the latest time for Mincha. Furthermore, we will address those activities which the Talmud prohibits engaging in before Mincha. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Tefillat Arvit (1) This week, we will begin our study of Tefillat Arvit, the evening prayer. The Laws of Prayer
Rav David Brofsky Tefillat Arvit (2) This week, we will challenge the very assumption of the ancient Ashkenazic custom, and we will question whether Tefillat Arvit may indeed be recited before dark. The Laws of Prayer

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