A new six-session course by the 
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
 

THE JEWISH ART
OF PRAYER
AND SPIRITUAL
EXPERIENCE

A study in 2018 found that one in two adults in the UK pray. Even among the non-religious, one in five say they pray. At the same time there are many for whom prayer is not a meaningful experience. Some struggle with philosophical questions that come to mind such as "What is the purpose of prayer?" or "Can we cause G‐d to change His mind?"

 

Join us for a new six week JLI course entitled  "With All My Heart", where we remove the barriers that prevent people from enjoying the gift of genuine, meaningful, and practical communication with G‑d.

In this course we will:

  • Gain tools to enhance the prayer experience and how to use prayer as a tool to connect to G‑d.
  • Understand the basic philosophical and Kabbalistic ideas upon which prayer stands.
  • Explore the evolution of Jewish prayer and how the Siddur developed over the ages.
  • Learn the meaning of fundamental Jewish prayers and the basic structure of the prayers.
  • Become more familiar with the rituals that surround prayer.
  • Learn meditational tools for prayer.

WHEN

SIX WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9:00 P.M. at CHABAD
BEGINNING MAY 29th

FEE

Full course - £45.00 | Chabad members £35.00

Single sessions: £10.00 per session. 

 

 
 
 

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

  LESSON 1  

The Point and Personalization of Prayer

Is speaking to an unseen being too unrealistic? Are you bored or turned-off by the liturgy and rituals of formal prayers? Or do you simply not find it meaningful? This lesson probes for the ultimate purpose of prayer and how to achieve it.

 

  LESSON 2  

The Kabbalah of Prayer

If G‑d determines what we should have, is it not heretical to ask for something else? And why should G‑d pay attention to our appeals for alterations to the divine plan? Do we even have the power to influence that plan? 

 

  LESSON 3  

A Ladder to Heaven: The Structure and Function of the Prayer Book

The prayer book should be an emotional map for soaring heavenward. Instead, many see it as a confusing jumble of verses. Explore the history, function, structure, and goals of the prayer book. Discover a step-by-step guide to experience genuine bonding with G‑d and a fresh appreciation of the world.

 

  LESSON 4  

The Shema: Reaching beyond Creation

Climb beyond G‑d-the-Creator to explore deeper aspects of G‑d and our relationship with Him. In the Shema, we ponder the concept of a G‑d who utterly transcends the universe while paradoxically remaining intimately involved and accessible.

 

  LESSON 5 

The Amidah: Synthesizing Divinity and Materiality

Are spirituality and materialism a contradiction? Why does the Amidah read like a list of materialistic needs—money, health, success, and the like? This lesson compels us to reconsider everything we think we know about spirituality, our needs, and our purpose on earth. 

 

  LESSON 6  

The Power of the Community

If prayer is a private and personal journey, what's the point of communal prayer? This lesson identifies critical elements that make group prayer indispensable to achieving our ultimate prayer goals.

 
This course has been made possible by Larry & Mandy Kaye
in loving memory of Maurice Kaye and John Kasmir