Rabbi Samuel Waldman is 60 years old and has had a diverse career in religious education. His beginnings started out with being indoctrinated with the teachings of Horav Hagoan Rabbi Avigdor Miller ZT"L. He listened to hundreds of Rabbi Miller's tapes and encouraged many others to do so as well. He also was close with the former Mashgiach of Mirrer Yeshiva, Horav Hagan Rav Don Segal shlit"a. After 4 years in Mirrer Yeshiva Kollel he was invited to join the Kollel of the Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor. After 2 years in the Kollel he became the Mashgiach of the High School.
Rabbi Waldman was a teacher for 11 years at the Elementary school, Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe in Queens, NY. He also taught in several summer camps and left his mark on many hundreds of students through his lectures and teachings. Rabbi Waldman was known for his profound effect on Judaism which he imbued to his students with his lectures and teachings.
Rabbi Waldman has embarked on a major writing project that is just about finished. He was busy working on writing a very lengthy and comprehensive Sefer, all about the extremely important subject of Proper Prayer. It discusses all the reasons why Orthodox Jews spend so much time in prayer every day. It explains what we are supposed to accomplish by spending so much time in prayer. Ideas that most Jews are unaware of.
Rabbi Waldman also taught 4th and then 7th grade for 11 years at the Elementary school, Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe in Queens, NY. He left his mark on many hundreds of students with his lectures and through his Sefer.
Why Orthodox Jews Spend So Much Time in Prayer?
Orthodox Jews have a reputation for being obsessive about prayer. Some even go so far as to suggest that Orthodox Jews are more likely to pray than any other group of people on Earth.
In this article Rabbi Samuel Waldman will share information about the importance of Jewish prayer.
In the words of the Talmud (Sotah 29a): “Prayer is of the utmost importance.” It is a well-known fact that the more time we spend in prayer, the more time we have left to live a happy and fulfilled life.
So, what exactly is Orthodox prayer like? In this article you will find an insider’s view of the practice of Orthodox prayer from a rabbi’s perspective.
What is Orthodox Prayer Like?
According to Samuel Waldman, the tradition of Orthodox prayer is centuries old. The service of prayer was established in the very first century of the Common Era (AD). From the time of the early Christians, prayer was a continuous activity, often connected with a specific religious movement. The “one thought” meditation technique was based on the Jewish practice of ta’arof, which is the study of the written Torah scrolls and the oral Torah of the prophets. Ta’arof is an essential part of Orthodox prayer.
So Orthodox prayer is a blend of Jewish law, Jewish culture, and Christian custom. Unlike the Protestant and Catholic traditions, there is no “one thing” that characterizes Orthodox prayer. Rather, Orthodox prayer is a complex and rich tapestry of diverse practices.
Ritually Morning Prayer
Samuel Waldman shares that the first prayer of the day, the morning service, begins the daily cycle of Torah reading. The rabbi leads the service, and the congregation responds by repeating the Blessings of Adam, Eve, and the fish. After the reading of the Torah, the rabbi leads a moment of silence to think aloud about our most important gift to the world: the Book of Life. Afterward, the congregation is encouraged to offer blessings in different languages.
After the morning service, it is time for the evening service. The evening service is the main event of the day. It is the time when the community comes together to celebrate the fulfillment of their goals and the passage of time by saying “Good Night” to one another. During the evening service, the congregation lights the candle that represents the evening meal and celebrates their meal together by saying “Good Night” to one another once more.
Why Orthodox Jews Spend So Much Time in Prayer
While there is no question that prayer is important, there is much room for debate as to why Orthodox Jews spend so much time in prayer.
Samuel Waldman has written a very lengthy and very comprehensive explanation of The Sefer. It is all about the extremely important subject of Proper Prayer. It discusses all the reasons why Orthodox Jews spend so much time in prayer every day. It explains what we are supposed to accomplish by spending so much time in prayer. Ideas that most Jews are unaware of. It promises to be a classic on the topic of Prayer. Rabbi Waldman personally spends a lot of his time in intense prayer as his Sefer shows is the correct and proper way to pray.
“For Orthodox Jews, time is not only measured in hours and days, but in the “days of us.” For Orthodox Jews, time is a reflection of the relationship between the individual and the Creator. As the Creator, He is a source of endless grace. As the measure of all things, time is a reflection of the Creator’s will,” says Samuel Waldman.
There are many reasons why Orthodox Jews spend so much time in prayer. Some of them are mentioned below:
– For the expansion of the mind – The connection between the mind and the body, which is discussed in depth in the prayer book, Bikkur Hachamim , leads to the expansion of the mind.
– For the fulfillment of the mitzvot – As we have seen, the more we pay attention to the here and now, the less time we have left to enjoy the rest of life.
– For personal fulfillment – When we devote our time to God, we are fulfilling a personal need. When we delegate our time to Him, we are experiencing gratitude.
In this article, Samuel Waldman has given you a few insights into how Orthodox prayer is different from other forms of prayer and why they spend time in it. Orthodox prayer is meant to be a part of one’s daily devotional schedule. It is not some kind of extravagant ritual that can only be fulfilled in a synagogue or schmoozefest. It is meant to be a normal, everyday activity that can be practiced at home, at the office, or in the car. It is meant to be simple, and it is meant to be meditative.
When we focus on the here and now, and mentally send ourselves to sleep, we get a chance to experience what it is like to be in God’s presence. This, in itself, is a form of prayer.
What is The Sefer in Judaism?
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all based on the same basic precepts. All of these religions agree that there is one God (the Hebrew word for God is Shema) who has revealed himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The first humans to believe in the one true God were Jews, and the Sefer Torah was his first revelation to them.
Today, Jews continue to venerate the Sefer Torah as their most sacred text, and the Sefer Is a cornerstone of Judaism.
In this article, Rabbi Samuel Waldman will discuss what the Sefer is and Judaism in general.
What is the Sefer?
As Samuel Waldman shares, the Sefer is a monumental work that has evolved over hundreds of years into one of the most popular texts in the world. The Sefer is the first part of the Tanakh, which is the Hebrew Bible. Some believe that the Sefer is the only book that can be read as a manual for all aspects of Jewish life. It is, therefore, the basis of all Jewish learning and provided the basis for the formation of the Modern Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism that exists today.
For the past 10+ years, Samuel Waldman has embarked on a major writing project that is just about finished. He was working on writing a very lengthy and very comprehensive Sefer, all about the extremely important subject of Proper Prayer.
According to Samuel Waldman, the Sefer is the formative text of the Jewish people and their religion. It is the most important book in the Jewish library and is the foundation for everything else. It is the first book of the Torah, the first book of wisdom, and the first book of history. It is also the first book to include the Ten Commandments.
What is Judaism?
Samuel Waldman explains that Judaism is a monotheistic religion based on the belief in one God, the Hebrews. Judaism is the largest of the Abrahamic religions, making up over 30% of the world’s population. It is the oldest of the major religions of the world.
The religion was established approximately 1500 BC in the northern kingdom of Israel by the biblical Jewish prophet, Moses. This religion has evolved over the centuries with many developing new rituals, prohibitions, and interpretive theories. Today, Judaism is characterized by a corporate as opposed to a personal belief in God.
The Sefer Torah and the Formation of Judaism
The Sefer Torah is a basic text that unites the three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This text is the core of the Tanakh, which is the Hebrew Bible. In its present version, the Sefer Torah is the final book of the Tanakh, and it was codified under the inspiration of the first Jewish Babylonian Talmud.
The Sefer Is the first book of the Jewish religion. It tells the story of the creation, the history of the world, and the life of the Jewish people. As the Torah (the book of revelation) it is the culmination of the beliefs and teachings of the early Hebrew prophets. It is the quintessential text in Judaism. It has been passed down through the generations via oral tradition and is the source of much of Judaism’s theology and law.
The Sefer Torah is also known as the Book of Esther, and its story is one of the most celebrated in Jewish history.