Understanding Prayer and Blessings through Kabalah

The Kabbalah and Relationship Forum Prayer and Blessings 1.    The ultimate relationship that we are created for is “to take pleasure in the Schina” 2.    There are many paths to connecting to HaShem. a.    Ratzon b.    Dimion                                                               i.      Physical                                                             ii.      Midot                                                           iii.      Matering Teva c.    Teva                                                               i.      Examine                                                             ii.      Commune d.    Talmud Torah                                                               i.      Study the ‘Mind” – so

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Davening in a Minyan

Author: Shmuel Veffer What’s in it for you! BETTER CONNECTION TO GOD 1. It’s a mitzvah.2. God wants you to do it. 3. Better chance to get your prayers answered because of the zechus of others. 4. If taken seriously, you open up new avenues of connection

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To Pray Or Not To Pray

Author: Rabbi Shraga Simmons Harold is walking down a darkened alley, when he’s suddenly confronted by two masked men carrying guns. Fearing for his life, Harold throws his hands heavenward and begins to pray, “God, save me, please save me! I’ll do anything, God — I’ll go

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Tefilla

When We Talk To G-d Dateline: 1997. Psalms were being recited in synagogues around the world. Women had accepted the call to light Shabbat candles for the first time. Just before Shabbat, the hostage’s mother, Esther Wachsman, made a dramatic and emotional appearance on Israeli television, pleading

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Hannah

Hannah, one of the seven prophetesses[i], was the wife of the prophet Elakanah.  After being barren for many years, Hannah gave birth to a son, Samuel.  Hannah promised to raise Samuel to the service of G-d, and he grew up to be a prophet, as well as one of

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Learning to Talk to G-d

There’s a dirty word that isn’t used in polite Jewish circles. The word is “G-d.” If you have the bad taste to speak of “G-d” an embarrassed silence settles on your listeners. “Come now,” you can hear them smirk, “you don’t believe in that.” Even in synagogues

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Eisav’s Greatness

It has often been pointed out that Esav’s head was buried in the Maaras Hamachpeila according to the Midrash. This must indicate that although Esav ‘had a head’ that was worthy of being buried in the Maaras Hamachpeila, Esav didn’t actualize his potential. The Rosh Yeshiva ZTL

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Power of Prayer in Medicine

Author: Jeanie Davis People Who Are Prayed for Fare Better Nov. 6, 2001 — Here’s more evidence that — in medicine, as in all of life — prayer seems to work in mysterious ways. In one recent study, women at an in vitro fertilization clinic had higher

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Pray!

Dear Devorah, All of a sudden, I realize there IS something we can do about the situation. Something we MUST do. Right now! Listen to this [I’m summarizing an editor’s footnote in Timely Torah from Rav Nebenzal (Shemos), by Yosef Eliyahu]: ‘Our esteemed Rav, Rabbi Avraham Bardaki,

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The Significance of Prayer

Author: Sam Veffer What is the meaning of the term “to pray” Definition of the word. The Hebrew root means “to judge.” “l’hit’paleil” is the reflexive verb form meaning “to judge oneself” Prayer is a means to an end, not an end in itself. The purpose of

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Does Prayer Heal?

Scientists are discovering what believers have always known It was during residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when I had my first patient with terminal cancer in both lungs. I advised him on what therapy was available and what little I thought it would

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Tefillah – Prayer

Author: Yaakov Treister From the Teachings of Rabbi Noach Weinberg Rosh Yeshiva Aish Hatorah JerusalemAN INTRODUCTION How many hints do we give our family or friends before our upcoming birthday as to what we might want as a present? Tickets to a performance or the latest accessory

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