• June 29, 2022
  • 30 5782, Sivan
  • פרשת חקת

Tefila in Times of Trouble

Tefila in Times of Trouble

Did you ever wonder while reciting selihot what Avraham, Moshe, Shmuel, David, and others of our spiritual forefathers were praying for when they were answered by God? Why they were successful? What about Tachanun or certain parts of the Shemona Esrei? Join Rabbi Yitzchak Zuriel as he examines the background and content of those prayers which we say in times of distress and how to relate to them today.

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July 04, 2022
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Monday 6:00 pm
June 13, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Introduction: Does the Torah require us to pray?
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In this first shiur of the series, we will begin by discussing the basic view of the Torah regarding prayer and whether it is something expected of us, or an act based on our own initiation as humans in relationship with G-d.  To do this we will study the views of the Rambam and the Ramban on this subject. I have posted the sources here.

June 20, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: For what did Avraham Avinu and Yitzhak Avinu pray at Har HaMoriah?
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The Torah does not explicitly tell us what were the prayers of Avraham and Yitzhak at Har HaMoriah. Yet in selichot we make a clear reference to the fact that their prayers at the time of the Akeidah were answered. What were their prayers? And how were they answered? We will do some sleuthing and thinking to try to find out.

June 27, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Yaakov at Beit El
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***I deeply apologize to all of you who were intending to watch the archived recording that I completely forgot to record this session until the very end when I realized it…! Terribly sorry.  Perhaps it would help if in the future the students attending the live class help me and remind me if they see the recording is not in progress.   –Yitzhak Zuriel

The Torah focuses on Yaakov Avinu as he flees from his brother Esav, and describes in detail his first (recorded) encounter with prophecy and communication with G-d.  According to the piyut in Selihot, he prays to G-d there and is answered. What exactly was he praying for, especially after all the promises made to him in that prophecy?

Time allowing, we will also examine the story of Yosef in the prison, which is the next item in the piyut.

July 4, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Tefila in Times of Trouble
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July 11, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Tefila in Times of Trouble
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July 18, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Tefila in Times of Trouble
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July 25, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Tefila in Times of Trouble
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August 1, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tefila in Times of Trouble: Tefila in Times of Trouble
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Rabbi Yitzhak Zuriel has been enjoying guiding students in how to learn and understand Talmud at WebYeshiva.org since its founding. He began his teaching career as a teacher and educational director at Michlelet Bruria in the 1980s. For over 20 years, he has been working as a software engineer in Jerusalem, and during that time has been an editor and contributor to the company NDS's Torah journal, Chiddushei Torah@NDS, that was published annually from 1996-2014 . He and his wife reside in Ma'ale Adumim and are parents to five children and have many grandchildren.