Birkhas Ahavah

The Tefillah: Beyond the Words shiur resumed this week, picking up where we left off, with birkhas Ahavah.Some of the topics discussed:

  • Two dimensions for discussing a middah: “Ahavah Rabba” and “Ahavas Olam”
  • How those dimensions are reflected in the structure of the berakhah as a whole
  • What is love?
  • The avos: Three models for how to express love
  • The progression from ahavah (love) to chemlah (pity) to chein (unearned giving)
  • The Torah as chuqei chaim (the law for living)
  • What do we mean by qiyum hamitvah?

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