Part 1: “Kavana”
-”The Boy Who Prayed in the Forest” story (see “Materials”)
-Discuss how different people connect differently (emotional, logical, etc.)
-Clip from “Glee”; Why doesn’t G-d listen to our prayers?
-Activity: Priorities; Do we know what’s really important to us?
Part 2: Chumash, Parshat Toldot
-Background on Yitzchak and Rivka
-Read possuk; Who do we think would be more worthy of their prayers being answered?!
-Reach Rashi; “The prayers of a righteous man who is the son of a righteous man are greater than the prayers of a righteous man who is the son of a wicked man.”
-Practical: (to be expanded next week)
Part 1: Spontaneous vs. Fixed
-”Trademark of a Jew” article (see “Materials”)
-Debate: pros and cons of spontaneous vs. fixed prayers
-Fixed: Hallmark Card Theory, connection to past, consistancy, …
-Spontaneous: more personal, updated with the times, whenever we feel it, …
-Fill in chart, reviewing the names and sounds of each
Body Parts in Hebrew
-Handout, fill in together.
-Review the singular and plural of each
-Yharzeit of our Matriarch Rachel
-Power of speech (esp. women)
-Stories from Reb. Heller: Aunt and Uncle in grungy apartment, T.V. show “Queen for a Day”, Students visiting with Rabbi
-Handout with Rambam and Ramban (see “Materials”)
-Summarize from “Halichot Bat Yisrael”
Part 2: Chumash, Parshat Vayeira
-Background of Abraham and Sarah
-Read possuk and Rashi
-Practical: modesty expanded
-”Inside Outside” by: Gila Manolson, 2 excerpts
Part 1: Origins and History of Prayer
-3 forefathers highlighted time of prayer
Avraham: Morning service – parallel to his life
Yitzchak: Afternoon service – parallel to his life
Yaakov: Evening service – parallel to his life
-Pass around “Prayer in the Bible” sheet, discuss different eras of prayer
Part 2: Birkat Hamazon
-Each pair take one blessing
-Translate, connect to title, summarize in one sentence
-Present to class
Part 1: Purpose of Prayer
-”Our mouth should not proceed our heart”
-Compare to bow and arrow: bow is our emotion, focus, effort, depth; arrow is our prayer
-Two root words of the word `”Tefilah”: to attach, bond; introspection
-Expand about introspection (real “avoda” is refining ourselves!)
Part 2: “Tzedaka Tatzil MiMavet” story (see “Materials”)
-Take turns reading aloud
-Write hard words
-Expand on phrase ” Tzedaka Tatzil MiMavet”; what is charity?, how can we “save from death through giving?
Part 1: What is prayer?
-Open with poem (see “Materials”)
-3 pillars of the world, “avoda” replaced with prayer
-Survey handout; “Why pray”
-Compile list of question about prayer
Part 2: “Hodaa L’H-shem” article (see “Materials”)
-Underline unfamiliar words
-Share (your) most powerful phrase
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