MPR - Module 2: Foundations

With Rabbi Mike Comins

Making Prayer Real


A Unique Classroom Experience

The Making Prayer Real Course offers an innovative, spiritual dynamics approach to learning prayer and liturgy. Outstanding teachers are brought into the classroom via video, beginning a conversation that challenges students and draws them into dialogue with prayer, the Siddur, and each other. Skills are emphasized before theology as a workshop atmosphere is cultivated. As students explore numerous traditional and alternative prayer practices, they discover their preferences and abilities, crafting their own relationship to Jewish prayer as individuals and as members of the community.

License and Teach

The MPR Course Curriculum may be licensed for exclusive use in your synagogue, school, community center or other institution. The curriculum includes:

  • Lesson plans with innovative ideas and tested methodologies.
  • Traditional and alternative prayer practices.
  • Video montages featuring outstanding teachers of Jewish spirituality.
  • A video message to teachers from Rabbi Mike Comins on each lesson with general background and pedagogic advice.
  • "Conversations" videos for community programming outside of a class on prayer.

Learn More

Click on the Syllabus tab above to see the MPR Curriculum - Module Two outline.

To view details on Course Modules, the MPR Story and FAQs, Pedagogic Strategies & Teacher Reviews and References, please click on the Samples tab on the MPR Full Curriculum page. Samples also includes an Informational Seminar where Rabbi Mike Comins presents highlights of the Course Curriculum and takes questions. 


The MPR Coursematerials are licensed to an institution for their exclusive use, and may be used in any normal activity sponsored by the community. They may not be copied or lent to other institutions. 

The MPR Course Curriculum may be purchased as a whole or by individual modules. Please go to MPR Full Curriculum to purchase the whole curriculum. Register for Module 1 on this page. 

Module Two: $300.00

Module Two, Small Congretation: $250.00 (under 300 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M2SM

Module Two, Very Small Congregation: $200.00 (under 150 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M2VS

Session 2.1: Bringing Our Bodies into Prayer

Reflecting on current knowledge of the mind/body connection and the role of music in synagogue services, we learn the advantages of consciously involving our bodies in prayer, and new ways to do it.

Session 2.2: Prayer As a Practice

Together with “When Prayer Works and Mochin d’Gadlut,” this session relates the MPR approach to learning prayer and explores appropriate mind-sets for the deepening one’s prayer life.

Session 2.3: The Art of Blessing

We learn the basics of blessings, beginning with the Baruch Ata formula and the role of blessings in Jewish liturgy. Using our spiritual dynamics approach, we ask, “What is the purpose of praying a blessing?”

Session 2.4: Creating Sacred Space with Response Blessings

Unbeknownst to many, the vast majority of traditional blessings are said after an event and unconnected to ritual. We consider the value of “response” blessings, and following Martin Buber, explore the role of blessings in creating sacred space.