Avodah She’balev

An Experimental Guide to Uplifting Jewish Prayer

One of the terms that the Sages gave for prayer is Avodah She’balev, which means “the service of the heart”, or more aptly, “Heart Work.” Prayer is meant to awaken us emotionally and move us spiritually. However, that rarely happens unless we also let prayer touch and open our hearts.

In this workshop we will explore rabbinic, Hasidic, and contemporary teachings about how to pray. We will immerse ourselves in some of the most beautiful and well-known prayers, and discover their inner poetry. We will learn about the deep structure of the Jewish prayer service. And we will find out how prayer can be a practice that keeps our hearts open and supple.

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