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THE AMIDA

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Shmuel Ozhekh

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Transcript of THE AMIDA

1. Avot
The Ultimate Connection
THE AMIDA
2. Gevurot
4. Daat
General Theme:
Daat is our differentiating factor from the animal kingdom
Personal Connection:
Wisdom being the first and most fundamental element
Shlomo asks for wisdom above wealth and popularity



6. Selicha
General Theme:
Hashem is forgiving
Personal Connection:
How forgiving are we?
Concept of transforming our sins into mizvot
Sin distances us from Hashem
The concept of being a child to hashem, into being a servant – this is why we start of saying selach lanu avinu


11. Hashiva
General theme:
A person needs to make decisions in life.
We should make most of our decisions on our own.
Sometimes, however, we need to ask advice from wise people to help us reach our own conclusions.
The Jewish people used to have extremely wise people – the prophets.
We ask G-d to return prophets to our nation, and also to make wise our current judges, rabbis and counsellors.
Pshet’lach: This is the 11th Bracha. To be appointed judge, a person must master the 5 Books of Torah + 6 Sections of Mishna = 11.
Personal connection:
Who do you turn to when you need help making a decision?
Do you help friends in making right choices? How?
Vocabulary:
- yo’atzeinu – counselors

13. The Righteous
General theme:
We ask Hashem to show favour and compassion to the righteous
We ask that Hashem reward people who do the right thing
Personal connection: How do you show gratitude toward people who do the right thing by you?
Vocabulary: rachamecha – your mercy


15. Moshiach
General theme: We ask Hashem to send Moshiach soon. ‘As soon as possible’.
Personal connection: The tradition teaches that each person has a ‘spark of Moshiach’ in them. We each have our individual ‘mission’ to improve the world in whatever way that may be. What is one area of the world you want to improve? (e.g. technology, solar energy, medicine, fixing a rift in the family, helping someone, etc) [this can be between you and yourself – no-one will look at your answer]
Vocabulary: Kivinu – we have hoped

3. Kedusha
12. Velamalshinim
10. T'ka
8. Refua
7. Geula
5. Teshuva
14. Jerusalem
Why do we need to pray?
Why do we need to pray?
Why do we need to pray?

General Theme:
Recognition of who we are praying to
Merit of our forefathers
Personal Connection:
Tapping into the attributes of the forefathers (Kindness, Strength, Truth)
Humility in that we are not worthy although our forefathers are
Recognising Hashems immense love for us


General Theme:
Hashems Protection
Personal Connection:
Recognising Hashems intricate involvement in our lives


General Theme:
Elevated nature of Hashem and the people that walk in his ways
Personal Connection:
Rambam: Human holiness as measured by how well a person controls their desires
Kedushin: separated to Hashem


General Theme:
Repentance, repair
Personal Connection:
Understanding Hashem wants us to reach our potential,
Returning to our true selves,
Hashem is our father and lovingly wants our best
Teshuva meahava umeyira
Spiritual success starts with wanting to head in that direction


General Theme:
Redemption: national and personal
Personal Connection:
Recognize and request Hashems redemption from personal and national struggles, the continuous attempts to destroy us.
7. Geula
General Theme:
Redemption: national and personal (Chief Rabbis Bechol Dor Vedor)
Personal Connection:
Recognize and request Hashems redemption from personal and national struggles, the continues attempts to destroy us
Translation:
Reeh Veaneinu, veRiva riveinu, ugealienu mehiera


General Theme:
Healing the sick
Personal Connection:
Recognise that all of the Jewish people are one body, and when one of us are sick it is like a limb of the body is in danger, we have to doven for the jewish people as a whole who are sick with love and longing for Hashem, we have to doven for the talmidei chochamim whose strength has diminished through their learning of Torah
Translation:
Refainu, Hoshienu, Makoseinu, Cholei

Why pray?
The punishment of the Nachash Hakadmoni was to eat from the dust
PART 1
PART 2
General Theme:
Hashem restores life
Heals the sick
Awakening in the morning
Rain which is life sustaining
Personal Connection:
Appreciation of the life giving elements in our life
Concept of resuscitating the quality, purpose and meaning in our own lives


General theme:
The coming of the Moshiach is a central belief in Judaism. According to tradition, Moshiach will be ‘announced’ through the sounding of the Great Shofar.
The sounding of the Great Shofar will also signal the gathering of Jews from all over the world to the Land of Israel.

Personal connection:
How would you evaluate your connection to the Land of Israel?

Vocabulary: lekabetz – to gather

General theme:
We ask G-d to remove our enemies.
This blessing was added to the Amida in about the year 100 CE, 500 years after the original Amida was written.
At this time, the Jewish nation was faced by many enemies.
Because of this blessing, the Amida has 19, not 18, brachot.
Personal connection: Have you or someone you know experienced anti-Semitism? [link – interview with Michael Douglas about anti-Semitic incident involving his son]
Vocabulary: oyvim - enemies

General theme:
We ask Hashem to take off His ‘mask’ and reveal Himself.
This will take place in the ‘End of Days’ – the coming of the Moshiach.
Hashem will be revealed all over the world, but His ‘capital’ will be Jerusalem, a magnificent and rebuilt city.
Personal connection: What does Jerusalem mean to you?
Vocabulary: Tashuv - return


The G-d
Mighty
Awesome
Beyond Understanding
Creates Everything
Doer of Kindness
King
Helper
Savior
Protector
Sustainer of life
Reviver of the dead
Forever
Who is like you
Freer of the bound
Supports the fallen
Sprouts Redemption
Holy (Separate)
And your name
Will praise you
The holy ones
Knowledge
Teach
Understanding
From you
Intellect
Return us our king to your service
Return us our father to your Torah
Complete return
Return
Complete forgiveness
Sin
Partial forgiveness

Mistake
(still needs punishment)
See our affliction
Champion our cause
Redeem us
9. Bracha
General Theme:
This bracha is asking Hashem to infuse every aspect of our lives with His positive energy, productivity and blessing.
Personal Connection:
What is the key word of this bracha?
Part of the blessing is
recognising
the blessing.



Bless us!
Give blessing
We should be satisfied from from goodness
4. T'ka
General Theme:
The coming of the Moshiach is a central belief in Judaism. According to tradition, Moshiach will be ‘announced’ through the sounding of the Great Shofar.
The sounding of the Great Shofar will also signal the gathering of Jews from all over the world to the Land of Israel.
Personal Connection:
Wisdom being the first and most fundamental element
Shlomo asks for wisdom above wealth and popularity



Knowledge
Teach
Understanding
From you
Intellect
8. Refuah
General Theme:
We are asking Hashem to heal us from all ills and sickness
Personal Connection:
Be in awe at the wonders of the human body
Nature is one window to see Hashem
Instinctually we reject that complex systems can be random



Heal us!
Complete recovery
sick people from the nation of Israel
7. Geula
General Theme:
We are asking Hashem to rescue and redeem us from the problems and pains of life.
Personal Connection:
The motorbike rider who was chummy with God
If God is the one who can remove the pains and problems in life, why does He give them to us in the first place?
Reflect on 3 difficult periods of your life and think how you have grown or developed from them.



See our pain
Redeem us
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