MPR Course Syllabus

Module 1: Engaging Prayer
Pesukei d'Zimra (Verses of Song; Opening Prayers)

Lesson Plans
1. The Difficulty of Prayer
2. When Prayer "Works" and Mochin d'Gadlut
3. Yearning: Psalms and the Stirrings of the Heart
4. The Life of Gratitude

Module 2: Foundations
Birchot HaShachar (Morning Blessings)

Lesson Plans
5. Prayer as a Practice
6. Bringing Our Bodies into Prayer
7. The Art of Blessing
8. Creating Sacred Space with Response Blessings

Module 3: Listening Deeply
The Shema and Her Blessings

Lesson Plans
9.  Mindfulness: Listen Before You Speak
10. Tradition! The Benefits of Liturgical Prayer
11. Shema 1: A Narrative Approach to Liturgy
12. Shema 2: Meaning and Interpretation

Module 4: Personal Prayer
Teshuvah and Introspection

Lesson Plans
13. The Challenge of Personal Prayer
14. Cultivating Your Personal Prayer Voice
15. Teshuvah: Introspection for Change
16. Discerning Divinity: Listening for a Response to Prayer

Module 5: Growing and Healing Through Prayer
The Amidah, Mi sh'Berach and Kaddish

Lesson Plans
17. Exploring the Amidah
18. The Amidah and Me
19. Coping with Illness and Loss
20. Mourning and Kaddish


Sample Videos


Yearning



Prayer & Teshuvah



Why a Liturgy?


MPR Video Contributors

Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD • Merri Lovinger Arian • Rabbi Bradley Artson • Rabbi Phyllis Berman • Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW • Rabbi Stephen Cohen • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Getzel Davis • Rabbi Lavey Derby • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD • Cantor Ellen Dreskin • Reb Mimi Feigelson • Rabbi Nancy Flam • Rabbi Karen Fox, DD • Tamar Frankiel, PhD •  Rabbi Laura Geller • Rabbi Shefa Gold • Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD • Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD • Melila Hellner, PhD •  Rabbi Yoel Klein • Rabbi Myriam Klotz • Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell • Rabbi Richard N. Levy, DD • Rabbi Yael Levy • Rabbi Ebn Leader, PhD  •  Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD • Jay Michaelson, PhD • Rabbi Rex Perlmeter • Rabbi Marcia Prager • Rabbi Or Rose, PhD • Rabbi Rami Shapiro • Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Rabbi Margot Stein • Linda Thal, PhD • Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, PhD • Rabbi David J. Wolpe