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Tefillah Shiurim

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What is wrong with the Chacham?- another look at the Haggadah

People assume that the Chacham is the hero of the Haggadah, and that he is the counterpoint to the Rasha. Not necessarily. 

Both actually have their shortcomings, and they are more similar than we might have thought!

Critical lessons from the Haggadah (and from the Torah) for all of us chachamim!  

Farewell to tefillah: an analysis of Uvah LeTzion

An in depth look at the focus and meaning of this complex and beautiful tefillah.

The hidden meaning of Baruch Sheamar

This very special prayer contains, hidden within, a deep perspective on Tefillah in general. We explore the deeper meaning of Baruch SheAmar and rhe light it sheds on Berachot and Shemonah Essreh.

Ashrei, the answer to a prayer

This analysis explores a fascinating dimension of "Ashrei" (Tehillah LeDavid) and its realtionship to other sections of Tanach.

Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit LeDavid

An analysis of Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit LeDavid and other mizmorim in the broader context of Tanach. Through this analysis, we come to understand how Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit LeDavid serves as an introduction to Tefillah. The mizmorim  associated with returning the sefer Torah are also explained. All of this will help us better apprecaite our tefillah in general.

When should we pray?

Why do we pray at certain times? Why not when we are inspired to do so?

Leolam Yehe Adam Yereh Shamayim...

An Analysis of and original insights into the beautiful prayer "Leolam Yehe Adam Yereh Shamayim...", shedding light on related texts in Tanach and chazal, as well.

Bayamim Hahem U'bazman hazeh

Relating to the miracles of the present is even more critcal than relating to those of the past. A look at the all too prevelant tendency to fail to see the great miracles of our age.

Biymai Yochanan Cohen Gadol

A suggestion for explaining a suprising formulation in the "Al Hanissim". A different way of thinking about the crisises and threats in our lives.