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Mishnah Berachot: On the Meaning of Prayer

Hosted By: Jewish Study Center

How should Jews pray? How can we use our words to reach toward a connection with God? And what are we supposed to do if we’re late to services? The ancient sages whose writings are collected in the Mishnah struggled with some of the same concerns we struggle with today. In this class, we’ll study a selection of juicy passages (in translation) from the first tractate of the Mishnah – Mishnah Berachot (“blessings”) – and other sources that focus on how, when, and why we pray. We’ll try to unpack the rabbis’ approach to biblical interpretation and legal analysis, as well as the meaning and relevance of their pronouncements for our own efforts to connect with the Divine.

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Jewish Study Center

The Jewish Study Center offers a wide array of classes and programs of Jewish content and invites anyone, regardless of background, to learn, grow and socialize with our community of learners. Our classes include text study in Bible, Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash, as well as courses in Jewish arts and culture, ethics, history, and philosophy. Courses regularly apply Jewish tradition to issues of social action, politics, interpersonal relationships, and work.
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