A comprehensive Tefillah Initiative has been developed to help inspire a greater appreciation and participation in tefillah, geared for both Rabbanim as well as membership. There are a wide range of options available for participation in the Tefillah initiative.
Weekly Tefillah tips are available for e-mail/Shabbat distribution written by Rabbi Ephraim Epstein of Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, NJ. They focus on exploring and understanding the Tefillah prayers and are designed to inform the public of the meaning of our most common tefillot, and to inspire increased spirituality in our prayers.
* Rabbanim are invited to spend a few minutes every Shabbat Mevarchim emphasizing an aspect of tefillah of their choice. We will be listing participating synagogues in the Shabbat Mevarchim effort on our website during the year.
* Tefillah conferences, with a panel of inspirational Rabbanim and/or an inspirational speaker, focusing on “Making Tefilot More Meaningful and Personal” are available during the year as a reinforcement of the Tefillah Initiative. Please contact us if your community would like to host and sponsor a conference.
* In addition to the outline above, a more intensive and all-encompassing approach on the entire body of liturgy is also available:
* OU Radio has many wonderful presentations on tefillah by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus of the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Weinreb draws upon a number of sources including the commentaries of Rabbanim Hirsch, Munk, and Schwab. He also presents material drawn from Chassidic sources and offers numerous insights. The lectures are designed to inform the public of the meaning of our most common tefillot, and to inspire increased spirituality in our prayers.