MPR - Module 3: Listening Deeply

With Rabbi Mike Comins

Making Prayer Real

Description

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 Three 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.

Pricing

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 Three: $300.00

Module Three, Small Congretation: $250.00 (under 300 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M3SM

Module Three, Very Small Congregation: $200.00 (under 150 member units)
To receive this discount, apply the following code during check-out: M3VS

Session 3.1: Mindfulness—Listen Before You Speak

A wise person listens before they speak, says the old adage, but rarely do daveners take the time to do so. For good reason. Listening to our hearts and to the world around us—listening for God—is a skill that relatively few have devoted time to refining. We study mindfulness with leading teachers from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and we learn the basics of sacred, Hebrew chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold.

Session 3.2: Tradition! The Benefits of Liturgical Prayer

A wise person listens before they speak, says the old adage, but rarely do daveners take the time to do so. For good reason. Listening to our hearts and to the world around us—listening for God—is a skill that relatively few have devoted time to refining. We study mindfulness with leading teachers from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and we learn the basics of sacred, Hebrew chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold.

Session 3.3: Liturgy as Sacred Story

Exploring Joel Grishaver’s narrative approach to the Siddur, we consider the stories behind our tradition’s prayers, particularly the Shema, and how they affect our praying.  We enter the Actor’s Studio to learn how we might be sacred actors in a sacred drama, speaking a holy script.

Session 3.4: Understanding and Interpreting Liturgy

Using simple literary techniques, we analyze the Shema and her blessings as a unit before considering the meanings of monotheism and the various intentions one might bring to praying the Shema.