Why did Anshei Knesset HaGedolah choose these 19 brachot for us to focus on every time we daven the Shemona Esreh? Why can’t we just pray spontaneously from our hearts, rather than feel bound by the words in our Siddur? In this one semester course, we will explore the Tanach sources of each of the brachot, and then examine ways to increase our kavannah each time we daven.
Sharon Ra’anan has been teaching shiurim in Tanach, the Slonimer Rebbe, and t’fillah to women in Beit Shemesh for over a decade. After experiencing a mid-life crisis when she turned 50, she decided to formally study Tanach at Herzog, earning her Master’s degree in 2021. Her areas of specialty include the Shivat Tzion period: Ezra and Nechemia, Hagai, Zecharia and Malachi; and various courses in t’fillah including Shacharit, the Shemona Esreh, and Tehillim.