"The purpose of tefilla is the elevation of the thinking, feeling, and desiring inner being of Man to a state of being worthy of getting near to God and His benevolence." — Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch
Today's session starts off the new year with a fast-paced review of the fundamentals. We talk about the structure of Creation and its pattern as expressed in humanity, the Bais HaMikdash, and prayer; and definitions of the key words bracha, baruch, atta and Hashem.
Put your mind in gear, your ears on fast-forward, and brace yourself for a breakneck tour of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
For more detail, and at a more sedate pace, check out the recordings of sessions 1-13, below.