Creating a Rubric for the Tefilla Experience

  By: Rabbi Eliot Feldman, Tefilla Project Educational Coordinator Posted With permission from Lookstein Magazine. In the 2011 movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt in the role of general manager of the 2002 Oakland Athletic baseball team shows how it is possible to build a...

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What does Baruch actually mean?

We say the word Baruch many times a day, in fact accordingly to the Halacha we need to make 100 blessings each day. The word "Baruch" doesn't simply mean "to bless", it has a far more essential meaning. In...

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Appreciating our Soles

One of the "bullet point" blessings we say each morning in Tefilla is המכין מצעדי גבר, recognizing the One who makes our shoes. Shoes? Are the blessings geared towards our soles our souls? In this Tefilla Talk we engage...

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Where Camp Style Tefillot and The Cheider Style Meet

The best interaction engagement strategy for students in Tefilla, is getting them to sing. Studies have shown the clear educational benefits of teaching through song. For example, in a university level class, there are universities that, in fact, use...

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The Essential Structure of Tefilla

Tefilla - Moments of Deep Connection vs. Constant Messages to Ourselves Have you ever seen a person truly immersed in Tefilla? Take a moment and recall the times you have. What did you see? Were they crying or pouring their...

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The Carlebach Revolution

Probing the Carlebach Phenomenon by Rabbi Avraham Trugman In the article above, Rabbi Avraham Trugman, one of Rav Shlomo Carlebach’s students for over 20 years, describes the influence of Rav Shlomo in the following way: “Rav Shlomo became a rallying point...

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“The Big 3” for Tefilla Student Engagement

The rationale – Making Tefilla Important http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/how-to-put-tefilah-back-on-schools-agenda/ In the article above, the Rabbi Hirschfeld and Dr. Susan Wall from Pardes illustrates how Tefilla needs to be a priority for schools again. One of the reasons, I believe, Tefilla is not a...

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Principle #3: Tefilla in a Small Group Setting

I would like to make a claim that may be revolutionary, and is definitely at the least unconventional. The claim is that Tefilla in schools should be primarily an educational experience, not a Halachic one. This concept of an...

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