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Prayer: What Are We Doing?

This program is part of Drisha’s initiative,
Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart

Past Dirshu Series:
Confronting Mental Illness – April/May 2014
Holiness – October/November 2015
Hunger: What Can We Do? – February 2015
Why Learn Talmud? – October/November 2014


Program dates have passed. If you would like to hear about similar programs in the future, please email us at [email protected] to be added to our mailing list.


Wednesday evenings March 19, 26, and April 2, 2014.

Prayer is both an obligation and an opportunity. Yet we encounter many obstacles in prayer, practical challenges as well as theological ones.

This series will discuss ways to understand what we are doing when we pray and introduce practices that help us sustain concentration and cultivate presence of mind and heart in our prayer.

Each evening will begin at 6:30 with a choice of workshops on practices that we might choose to introduce into our tefilla. Workshops will be followed at 7:15 by tefillat ma’ariv (with a choice of minyanim) and a brief break for refreshments. The evening will conclude with a lecture at 7:45 on approaches to the theology of prayer.


Choice of Workshops (6:30pm):
Soul Connection: Meditations for Prayer According to the Aish Kodesh – Mira Niculescu

Tembling Joy: Quieting the Noise and Amplifying the Song of the Heart – Rabbi Dani Segal

Niggun Ha’Lev: Melodies to Awaken our Hearts in Prayer – Rabbi David Silber


Lectures (7:45pm):
March 19: Less Ego, More God: R. Abraham Joshua Heschel in Conversation with Hasidic Masters and Christian Mystics on the Spiritual Project of Prayer – Rabbi Shai Held

Click here for the source sheet.

March 26: Words Filled with Light: Hasidic Mystical Reflections on Kavvanah and Contemplative Prayer – Prof. Eitan Fishbane

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April 2: Prayer and Human Needs: R. Soloveitchik and Other Recent Thinkers – Prof. David Shatz

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There is no fee for this program. We welcome contributions to support our work.

Pre-registration is not required, but we recommend pre-registering in order to sign up for your first-choice workshop

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