Episode 19: Asking for Help (Amidah-Middle Blessings 1)

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(7:01) Ken yehi ratzon – כן יהי רצון – so may it be. 

(7:26) Check out our past episodes here!

(11:35) Watch the clip from Bruce Almighty here.

(15:30) Learn more about the Talmud here.

(15:35) Learn more about the Great Assembly here.

(15:44) Find My People’s Prayer Book here.

(15:48) Brachot 29a can be found here

(19:12) Learn more about Rabbi Shai Held here.

(19:13) Learn more about the Book of Job here, the Psalms here.

(20:29) Tzedakah – צדקה – giving charity. Learn more here.

(21:25) This is close to a quote by Rabbi David Wolpe: “If we rise from our prayer as better human beings than the ones who sat down, our prayers have been answered.” It also rings of a quote by Victorian Poet George Meredith: “Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.”

(22:10) Daf Yomi – studying a page of Talmud every day. Learn more here.

(23:19) Explore more about the changing meanings of “Great, Mighty, and Awesome” in the Talmud with this source sheet.    

(26:16) Learn more about Kabbalah here.

(27:37) Atah chonen l’adam da’at umelamed la’adam da’at umelamed le’eino shvina koneinu meitcha chochma bina l’da’at. Baruch atah adonai chonen hada’at. 

אתה חונן לאדם דעת ומלמד לאנוש בינה חננו מאתך *חכמה בינה ודעת. ברוך אתה יי חונן הדעת.

You grace humans with knowledge and teach mortals understanding, graciously share with us your wisdom, insight and knowledge. Blessed, are you Adonai who graces with knowledge. (From Mishkan T’fillah) 

*Deah binah vehaskel – דעה בינה והשכל (Artscroll Siddur Ashkenaz) 

*Chochma binah vedaat – חכמה בינה ודעת (Artscroll Siddur Sefard) 

(29:20) Learn more about sefirot – ספירות – Kabbalistic emanations – here

(29:34) Learn more about Chabad here

(29:51) Learn more about the diversity of Jewish customs here.

(30:20) Learn more about the Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment Movement, here

(30:46) Deah – דעה – factual knowledge. Binah – בינה – discernment. Haskel – השכל – wisdom. 

(31:03) Learn more about Havdalah, the service separating Shabbat and the rest of the week, here

(33:55) Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech haolam asher natan lesechvi bina lehavchin bein yom uvein layla. 

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לַשֶּֽׂכְוִי בִינָה לְהַבְחִין בֵּין יוֹם וּבֵין לָֽיְלָה:

Blessed are You, Adonai our g?d, King of the Universe, Who gives the rooster understanding to distinguish between day and night. (From Sefaria) 

(34:24) You can find The Guide for the Perplexed by Maimonides here

(37:05) Learn more about the Baal Shem Tov here.

37:05 Learn more about Rabbi Dr. Nehemia Polen here

(39:35) Ein kol chadash tachat hashemesh –  וְאֵ֥ין חָדָ֖שׁ תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ – there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

(42:12) Learn more about Thich Nhat Hanh here.

(42:16) Learn more about Chava Mirel here.  

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