An in-depth study of Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin’s
approach to prayer in Nefesh ha-Hayyim
With Rabbi Dr. Meir Sendor, Director of Tal Orot, Tzvat, Israel
Sunday, November 12, 10:30am to 12 noon
At Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, 35 Morseland Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. Donations appreciated (Suggested $20)
7 PART SERIES Sunday mornings, 10:30 to 12 noon,
Dates: Dec 10, Jan. 7 and 14, Feb. 4 and 11, Mar. 4, and Apr. 8.
At Congregation Shaarei Tefillah (Rabbi Sendor will video conference from Israel)
Series tuition is $140 advance registration and payment required, space limited. (Tuition assistance available for Shaarei members)
RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/X8oUfDLh98Dm12gG2
For more information contact: Lucy at SendorMeditationCourse@gmail.com.
In this course we will explore the radical insights of Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin into the power of tefillah in Nefesh ha-Hayyim. Our study will address challenging issues, such as: can tefillah impact God’s Will in any way? Do we have the right to petition God to change the world or the circumstances of our lives? Is prayer for us, for the world, or for Hashem? Is there power in human thought and speech to effect change? What is the mysterious meaning of the berakhah as the unit of tefillah? How should we direct our intent in prayer? What is the proper and most effective way to pray for healing for others and for ourselves, or for help with the struggles and challenges of our lives?
Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin brings together sources from the Talmudic, midrashic and kabbalistic traditions in a sweeping and penetrating vision of the potentialities of human spirituality. Our wrestling with the issues addressed in Nefesh ha-Hayyim can help us to deepen our own life of Tefillah and cultivate a mature approach to Emunah.
Each session will include ten minutes of traditional Jewish meditation, as recommended in the Gemara Berakhot
(30b), the Tur, and Shulhan Arukh before tefillah (O.H. 93:1, 98:1). We will practice a set of authentic techniques
designed to stabilize, focus and expand consciousness in ways that can assist a meaningful experience of tefillah and
enhance our learning experience as well.