Session 99: Emes VeYatziv — Truth and Stability, Part I: Transitioning from the Mind Space of Shema to Shemone Esrei

“In preparation for the Shemoneh Esrei we focus our minds on the miraculous events of geulas Mitzrayim which were clearly a manifestation of the personal involvement of HaKadosh Baruch Hu Himself in our redemption: 

אני ולא מלאך. אני ולא שרף. אני ולא השליח. אני הוא ולא אחר.”

(—Rav Schwab on Prayer, pg. 379)

“…since the splitting of the Red Sea [in response to the prayers of the Jewish People] revealed that Hashem is interested in what is best for us, its invocation establishes the perfect foundation for prayer. By mentioning our redemption at the Red Sea, we recognize that our needs are, in reality, the personal concern of Hashem.  …And it is this recognition that enables us to approach Hashem and engage Him…regarding our needs.”

(—Tefilla: Creating Dialogue with Hashem, Chapter 1)


Session 98: Emes — The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (Siyum on Shema)

Siyum on Baruch SheAmar (Sessions 30-38) and Shema Yisrael (Sessions 39-99) sponsored by Mrs. Sharon Lipman and Mrs. Kelsey Liber, and hosted by Mrs. Karen Shoff.

If it’s eternal, then its end is its beginning. There’s no better word to fit that role than אמת Emes [lit.: Truth], a word describing enduring eternity, connected to the Source of Life.


Session 90: Why is the Sky Blue? How to See Colors - וראיתם ועשיתם

How to make choices that express your true inner desires. How to give concrete expression to internal change and growth. Hashem appreciates small steps. When smallness is bigness; when tiny changes have profound impact. הכל צפוי והרשות נתונה.

Session 89: How to See the Real World - וראיתם אותו - Part II

"Hashem is as a sun and a shield." (Tehillim 84)

"The world is filled with His glory." (Yeshaya 6:3)

An advanced-level shiur on relating to Hashem through the lens of the physical world. "Everything which the Holy One, Blessed be He, created in His world, He created for His Kavod" (Avos 6:12).

 .כל מה שברא הקדוש ברוך הוא בעולמו, לא בראו אלא לכבודו
.שנאמר: כל הנקרא בשמי ולכבודי בראתיו יצרתיו אף עשיתיו. ואומר: ה' ימלך לעלם ועד

Session 82: Choosing Light from Within the Darkness

The third paragraph of Shema carries the secret to eternal life. It's the secret of Yetzias Mitzrayim, the secret of the final Geula. It's the secret of Choosing and Using — choosing to harness our deepest desires for closeness to G-d by using actions of holiness.

"Save yourself the battle." And may your choice of Freedom In The Night merit you to savor the Freedom In The Day.