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Kol Nidrei

Why do we introduce the holiest day of the year with the seemingly trivial Kol Nidrei prayer? What understanding emerges from the primary sources? What can we learn from this dramatic, yet enigmatic aspect of our liturgy? 

The Hodaah Section of Shmonah-Esreh

We know that Chazal tell us that the last section of Shemonah Esrei is supposed to consist of Hodaah- but does it really? It seems as if this is true of only one of the three berachot! How can we understand this? A deeper look at the concluding section of the Amidah. Along the way we will also gain insight into Shema Koleinu and Tefillat Haderech

Yishtabach

An analysis of the concluding prayer of Pesukei dezimrah. What is it based on? What does it tell us? What is its deeper meaning?

HaRav Et riveinu

An analysis of the nature of the berachah "harav et riveinu" and the approaches of the rishonim to it.

Velamalshinim

Why did Chazal feel the need to establish a prayer critiquing Christianity? What critical perspective does this prayer teach us?

Hashkiveinu

A careful reading of the meaning and message of this deep and beautiful tefillah (Hashkiveinu). Alos sheds light on the "dayenu" section of the Haggadah- and more. 

The depths of Ahavah Rabbah

An exploration of the meaning and message of this most beautiful tefillah. The shiur also sheds light on Birchot Keriat Shema in general. 

What did Lavan do?

An analysis of "Tze Ulmad", explaining what we are saying about Lavan and Pharoah, were it comes form- and what it all says about the Haggadah in general. Also-  a look at Bilaam and Lavan. 

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!  

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