MPR - Module 1: Engaging Prayer

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 One 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 One: $300.00

Module One, Small Congretation: $250.00 (under 300 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M1SM

Module One, Very Small Congregation: $200.00 (under 150 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M1VS

Session 1: The Difficulty of Prayer

The MPR Course begins with a surprisingly honest evaluation of the obstacles to Jewish prayer.  Students are moved by the discovery that clergy “get it.”

Session 2: When Prayer "Works" and Mochin d'Gadlut

This critical lesson outlines a “spiritual dynamics” approach to learning prayer and facilitates the students’ setting of goals for the MPR Course.

Session 3: Yearning Psalms And The Stirrings Of The Heart

We begin our studies by exploring the emotional sources of prayer. If gratitude prayers are a response to what is, yearning expresses a desire for what isn’t. We explore the nuances of yearning, appreciate the artistry of the Psalms, and ask, “How can prayer help us to channel desire into holy desire?”

Session 4: The Life Of Gratitude

Seeing the world as a cup “half full” is not a controversial idea. But the gap between knowledge and practice can be hard to bridge. In this session, we present the value and explore the means of cultivating a daily practice of gratitude.