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Learning To Pray In Hebrew

Lesson 1

Dear Ones EVERYONE is welcome to take this course of study. Christians are welcome. B'nai Noachides [Children of Noah] are welcome.  Spiritualists are welcome. B'nai Yisroel [the Children of Israel / Jews] are welcome. EVERYONE is welcome. 

Dear One our goal is to learn how to pray in Hebrew. Praying in Hebrew is a process that will require some time and practice. In the Jewish Community throughout the world men and sometimes women gather every morning to pray. It's nice to know some of our classmates are among this group. At B'nai Noach Torah Institute we normally gather at:

Morning Prayers
6:30 am

Afternoon Prayers
3:00 pm or 5:30 pm or 30 minutes before night fall

Evening Prayers
Immediately after nightfall or 9:00 pm

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The cost of this course is simply a gift of any size. Try this course for a while. See if this course is a blessing for you. 

Dear Ones more than twenty years ago I developed a course for individuals to learn Hebrew. I wrote a book entitled Very Basic Hebrew 1. The cost was $39.95. We sold copies through our daily radio broadcast. About 15 years ago I developed a program entitled Hebrew For Beginners 1. This is a very simple audio with a few pages of supporting notes. It is available at the Learning store for $13.00 plus a $5.00 shipping and handling charge for those in the lower 48 states. However it is now available as an internet download. If you know little or nothing about Hebrew then Hebrew for Beginners would be very helpful. Many of our classmates have purchased this Hebrew For Beginners. Our purpose is NOT to teach conversational Hebrew.  Our purpose is to teach Prayerful Hebrew. As the original language of the world so that individuals can pray in Hebrew and can Bless there Creator in Hebrew. The cost for Hebrew for Beginners download with notes is a contribution of any size.  We want you to receive the most this course has to offer.

Dear One if you have no means at all to contribute that is OK. Simply do a good deed for a parent or grandparent or a neighbor or someone in need in honor of our Creator. Thank you!

Audio Discussion:

Introduction 1

Moh Deh 

Questions for us to reflect on - Please type answers into the blog comments.

1. Notice that our first prayer [Moh Dehy Anh Nee] does not have our Creators Name in it.  Why?

2. When should one say Moh Dehy Anh Nee?

a. After sleeping the entire night without any intruptations.

b. After dozing, napping, sleeping for about thirty breaths in and out.

c. Immediately upon awakening.

d. All of the above.

3. This is a discussion question. Discuss why we pray. Five lines max.

4. When we rest our physical body is supposed to relax and renew.  What about my soul?

How is my soul refreshed?

5. What would you like to gain from  this course?

6. What is the cost of this course?

7. What is the cost of Hebrew for Beginners.

May the Lord bless each who study and pray.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

dr_akiva_09-28-12.jpgDr Akiva Gamliel with an old friend, His Prayerbook.

Learning To Pray In Hebrew

Lesson 2

Dear Ones we continue with our course of study, Blessings and Prayer [Barchot Vih Tifillah].  Again, Everyone is welcome to take this course. For additional info on the course see lesson one.

In This weeks discussion our focus was on being persistent in learning Hebrew prayers of praise. You will learn in this course if you are persistent.  We are not in a foot race.  It is OK to learn at the pace most comfortable for you.  As Daddy would say, may he rest in peace, 'Keep on keeping on.' 

I share four stories in the introduction audio. Each story is intended to encourage you to study with us and to learn prayerful Hebrew. It's BEAUTIFUL!  Yes I can... Yes I can... 

:Also those of us who began in week one and did there studies learned that in Judasim and in beliefs we say montras. Most of us do so without realizing this.  What is a montra?  A Montra is a form of prayer that we repeat over and over like I Love You O' Lord. I Love You O' Lord while at the sametime we concentrate on an Emanation of our Creator like His Mercifulness or His Wisdom. As we meditate, i.e. think on these Words we relax. We are attempting to slow our mind down from the horse races all around us. We want to spend time drinking in the Mercifulness or the Wisdom of our Creator. We use our strength to focus on the Words we are saying and how they relate to our Creator. We prepare our mind to think and to study.

Last week we learned four Words in Hebrew. One can memorize these prayerful Words and repeat them time and again at work, driving on the highway etc. Worshiping our Creator in Hebrew is Wonderful and beautiful. This may be a new experience for you so take your time be cautious and go at your own spead. 

Audio Discussion
Introduction 2

Ray Sheet Begins


1. One purpose for prayer is to Calm us down. True / False

2. Persistent is required for learning Hebrew prayers of praise. Are you ready for the long haul? Will you dedicate time to learn prayerful Hebrew?

3. Discuss what you know about montras?

4. What does it feel like to you to slow your prayers down a little and let them enter your being?

May the Lord bless each who study and pray.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Blessings and Prayer

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Lesson 3

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Dear Ones we continue with our course of study, Blessings and Prayer [Barchot Vih Tifillah].  Again, Everyone is welcome to take this course. For additional info on the course see lesson one.

Dear Ones in this lessons discussion we are going to expand on the concept of the prayerful soul. We must understand the difference between humankind and the beast of the field is our prayerful soul.  Please read page XX of The Schottenstein Edition Siddur For Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation.

Is prayer about distance? Our Textbook, i.e.  The Schottenstein Edition Siddur For Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation is over 250 pages for morning prayer. Is our goal to complete 250 + pages every morning? NO! Yet, many Observant Jews will say the majority of these prayers each morning in less than an hour. These individuals are very skilled in there prayers and worship. Some of us possess a different type of soul. It is not a soul designed for distance. Trying to make distance by saying all 250 + pages from a prayerbook each morning could be a source of discouragement.  You may have a prayerful soul. Your prayerful observance may be one of fewer words with greater concentration on the words being said.  Both type of prayers honor our Creator.   Both types of prayers are necessary. Both the Distant Prayer and the Soulful Prayer are important. The souls of both pray. It is our prayers that separate us from the beast of the field. Human kind was created with a higher order. The higher order is to pray. 

At the beginning of the day one is in a hurry to begin daily responsibilities. Yet one has this important obligation to pray.  In the middle of the day one is in the mix of important responsibilities. Yet one needs to stop for a short break to pray.  At the end of the day when one needs to unwind one should unwind through prayer time. Prayer is NOT intended to tie one in knots. Prayer is the path that leads to releasing these knots. 

Short bursts of prayer throughout the day are wonderful!! It is great for the prayerful soul to spring forth like a fountain with Words like מודה אני לפניך מלך חי ( I give thanks before you Oh living King) or ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד (Blessed is Your Glorious Kingdom for ever and ever).  Dear Ones this is the purpose for this course. Our goal is to learn how to be that prayerful soul. Our goal is to be that fountain that bursts forth with praise.

The above Words are employed often. Notice the following pages: 

Page 9 first line

Page 132 last line

Page 359 last line

In addition if one were to say the Creator's Name unnecessarily they should say these words:

ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד

ברוך Baruch


Shaym שם

Is the Name

Cih Vohd כבוד

Of His Glorious

Mahl Choo Toh מלכותו


Lih Oh Lawm לעולם


Vaw Ehd ועד

And Ever

Audio Discussion:

Introduction 3

Ray Sheet continued


1. What do many of us define prayer to be?

See page XX of the Schottenstein Edition Siddur For Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation.

2. What makes humankind different from the beast of the field?

3. Define a prayerful soul.

4. How does one release tension through prayer?

Please record answers in the blog.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Blessings and Prayer

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Lesson 4

Audio Discussions:

Lesson 4 - Introduction

Lesson 4 a Ray_Sheet 

Blessings 4 b Moh Deh / Ray Sheet

Dear Ones, after four lessons Classmates should be able to say two prayers:
1. Moh Deh

2. Ray Sheet.  

Classmates should have memorized five praise montras and employ them everyday.

1 אני יהוה

2. מודה  אני  לפניך  מלך  חי

3. ברוך  שם כבוד  מלכותו  לעולם  ועד

4. שמע  בני  מוסר  אביך  ואל  תטש  תורת אמך  

5.  לישועתך  קויתי  יהוה

Now it is time for us to test what we have learned.  When you are ready for the test please E-mail me your phone number and three times you could be ready for the test. The test will take about ten minutes. 

The test is to say both blessings and to say the five montras.   We will help you.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Blessings 1 Class 5

Blessings and Prayer

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Lesson 4

Audio Discussions:

Blessings 1 Intro 5

Mah Yaw Kahr Has Deckah

Dear Ones as we continue with Berachot Vih Tefillah (Blessings and Prayers) we move to page 6. The prayer at the top of  page 6 is special. Jewish men that don Tzitzit say this prayer.  Remember there are 613 Commands of Ha Torah. Yet the 613 Commands of Ha Torah do not pertain to everyone.  Here is an example of this. The Command in Numbers 15.38 Says,

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:  

 דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם וְעָשׂוּ לָהֶם צִיצִת עַל־כַּנְפֵי בִגְדֵיהֶם לְדֹרֹתָם וְנָתְנוּ עַל־צִיצִת הַכָּנָף פְּתִיל תְּכֵלֶת:

And He, The Lord  Said to Moshe to teach  - 

Speak to the Sons of Israel and Teach them and [help] them make for themselves Tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and place on the corner of the Tzitzit a thread of blue, Numbers 15.37, 38.

This Mitzvot / Command is only for Jewish men.  The garment that the Tzitzit are to be placed is called a Tallit.  At the top of page six Jewish men are instructed to place the Tallit over their head and to wrap them selves in the Tallit.  It is wonderful do do this if you are a Jewish man. In my book Gematria And Mysticism IN GENESIS I discuss the 613 Mitzvot in the first chapter in relevance to the Revealed Light of our Creator.  My book is available at any quality bookstore or on Amazon.

There are two sides to the Tzitzit and the Tallit.

Side 1 is that only Jewish men are to wear them.

Side 2 is that non-Jews are not to wear them.  Why?   

Leviticus 11.44 explains why.

כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל־הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ

For, I am, The Lord, your God. [Therefore] You [The Jewish People] shall Sanctify / Separate yourselves and your lives shall become  Holy / Separated, For Holy / Separated I am...

The second part of the coin is that the Children of Israel, the Jews must be separated from the rest of the world.  How is B'nai Yisroel separated? B'nai Yisroel is separated by the things they are Commanded to do like wearing Tzitzit. If everyone wore Tzitzit then how would this be separated? 

Yet one may ware a prayer cloth without Tzitzit. One may wrap themselves in a prayer cloth. And one may say this special prayer if one understands the intent of the prayer. 

There is a very special mantra here:

מה  יקר  חסדך  אלהים...

How precious is your kindness O God...

Say this prayer a few times and then offer it in prayerful worship. Feel yourself being surrounded and enlaced by the Creator's Presence.


1. Explain the purpose for separation in Leviticus 11.44 and how this applies to Numbers 15.37, 38.

2.Take several deep breaths. Close you eyes. Begin clearing all the thought in your mind but How precious is your kindness O God... Concentrate on the goodness the kindness of our Creator...

ב ה

Blessings 1 Class 6

Blessings and Prayer

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Lesson 5

Audio Discussions:

Blessings 1 Intro 6

Feeling The Creator's Presence

Dear Ones,

In our world we need help. In our world we need a Creator who is Responsive. Sometimes we are like a roof with several thick layers . We have these dull times. We are emotional, yet show no emotion.  The emotion builds and builds, and we like a pressure cooker are about to go off.  The intensity of life is driving us... We do things that inhibit us from close contact with our Creator.   We put road blocks up... we put speed bumps in the road. Our nature is such that we involve ourselves in doing a lot of stuff instead of what we want and need to do.

We have this desire to join the Creator in Praiseful Worship but allow things to interfere. Then we become unhappy.  Then we beat ourselves up emotionally...  We wish that we had been more diligent in our prayer or our studies.  We think things like, I wish I had of forced the world outside of my life.

There are all kinds of forces that interfere with our prayer. Prayer is about containing those forces around us.  Dear Ones, there are storms going on all around us. They follow us they follow us through the front door of our home and from room to room.  They call us on our cell phones and phones.. The grab at us from within the internet.  They blast out at us on TV... They are in our newspaper.  They arrive in our mail.. They knock at our door... There is constant interference!!

From these troubles the pressure builds.  We need relief! We need tranquility.  We calmness.

We get up in the morning with an agenda. He hurry to work. Hurry to meet clients. We rush to return phone calls and answer inquires... We are on the go... go... go..! 

It's challenging to dig in and get our prayers said.  It is work!  Real work to get our responsibilities completed.  It becomes discouraging. If we are old we count the days before we meet our Creator.  If we are young we count the hours until school is out.  If we are in college we count the years until we graduate get married etc.  The point is this. We are so often not where we want to be.

David Said, Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide yourself from my supplication. Attend to me, and answer me; I sob in my complaint, and moan,  Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.  My heart inside me is in anguish; and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away, and be at rest.   Behold, then I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  I would hasten to find a refuge from the windy storm and the tempest. Tehilim 55.2-9.

Dear Ones, this is why we teach Prayerful Worship. We share these 3 word, 4 word and 5 word prayers in the original language. They are easy to learn. They feel so good when we say them.  We repeat them over and over again and again.  They help us to enjoy a Spiritual burst of worship and of praise. They help bring calmness to our day.  They lift our ship in troubled storms... They buoy us.

These short Prayerful Worship Praises in Hebrew help us pull away from the storms and help us fly above the fray. They draw us away from our troubles and towards our Creator. They bring a calmness into our troubled times...  That in part is what this course is about.  We can have heavenly bliss about us.

We have to find some space among the pressures to give ourselves some room. Our space is so crowded.  Our space becomes so difficult to maneuver that we need light to get around in.  We  need to go to the Creator and request a little of His Light.  By His Light we shall see light!  The Light of our Creator Helps us to see the light. Each of this mantras are a burst of Light.

We have been discussing worship prayers. Now we are moving to a different type of prayer. It's kind of bleeding, crying weeping type of prayer.  We need to feel close to the Creator as in Tehilim / Psalm 91.  Here one wants to go to that very very special place.  One wants to unload all their problems on the Creator.  One wants to feel the closeness of the Creator.  One wants to feel the touch of the Creator and be reassured that all is fine.  It is here that we need to breath in and out. We need to draw breath in and hold it then release it slowly as if we were working out so to speak.

Our discussion in this lesson is about how to draw close to the Creator with our breath.  Our Creator is a Spirit / Breath / Wind. When our world is difficult we need refreshing.  A refreshing is when we release the breath within us and draw a new breath.  Remember our first Breath came from the L-rd G-d.  Every breath since then has been His Gift us us.  Each Breath is Representative of the L-rd G-d.  We change our situation by changing our breath.  We draw the fresh life giving breathing the Breath of the L-rd into us and holding it within us.  We release His Breath.  His Breath carries stresses and problems and issues from within us to outside of us.  We clean our inner being with His Breath.  We refresh our body with His Life Spirit Breath. We are trying to get in touch with our Spirit / Breath.  We change our situation by drawing His Breath into us.  We experience the source of life. 


1. Discuss the Hebrew Praises of Praiseful Worship.

2. Define refreshing.

2. Discuss the benefit of refreshing.

May our Creator open our eyes more to Refreshing and to Prayerful Worship / Praise in Hebrew.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Blessings and Prayer 7

Balak - The Deception Of Bilam ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

Audio 1

Audio 2

Gematria is a particular study of Jewish mysticism based on the numerical value of Hebrew letters in the Aleph Beit {Hebrew Alphabet} as inscribed in the Torah.  Hebrew Gematria has many disciplines.

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of our loved one, may they rest in peace.

Dear Ones,

As we enter this Prayerful Tefillah we must understanding the background from which this beautiful prayer came forth from. In the Intro audio I use the example of being selected last on a sports team. Why use this example?  Dear Ones, it is because Israel was the last among the nations to have been offered Ha Torah. Once we hd Ha Torah we were elevated above the other nations. It was then that king Balak hired Bilam to curse B'nai Yisroel. Instead of cruising Yisroel he said:

Ba Midbar / Numbers 24.5

מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל:

How Goodly are your tents oh Yaakov and your dwelling Places oh Yisroel,

  וַיַּרְא בִּלְעָם כִּי טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָֹה לְבָרֵךְ אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא־הָלַךְ כְּפַעַם־בְּפַעַם לִקְרַאת נְחָשִׁים וַיָּשֶׁת אֶל־הַמִּדְבָּר פָּנָיו1:1

A glimpse of the Word בִּלְעָם Bil'am reveals that his name consists of two separate Words.  The first Word בִּלְ Beit Lamid, Bee Lih / Bayl {chief god of the Babylonians}. Bayl comes from the Word Bah Ahl {lord} Beit Ayin Lamid.  The second word is עָם Ahm {nation}comes from the ע Ayin ם Final Mem..

מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל1:1

Bayl {chief god of the Babylonians}

32 = Lamid 30 Bais 2

Ahm {nation}

670 = Mem 600  Ayin 70

702 = 32 = 670

Gematria Mispar Godal

Bil'am {god of the nations}

702 =   Mem 600 Ayin 70 Lamid 30 Bais 2

These are the first things we notice about Bil'am.  Next we notice that he was eager to accept a payment to curse what G-d had blessed.  If G-d had not prohibited him he would have cursed B'nei Yisroel for money.

In the Gematria Mispar Katan of the word Bil'am we see the number 702.  The Gematria 702 is increased from the Gematria Regil {i.e., the normal Gematria of 142}.  Throughout the entire story of Bil'am he is attempting to arise.  He is attempting to find a higher place than Shabbat, than the seventh day.  In Numbers 22:20 he is instructed by G-d, "Arise! Go with them."  In Numbers 22:41 we read, "And he [Balak] led him up to the high place of [his] god}."  Next we notice in Numbers 23:4 the allusion to setting "up" or establishing or arranging seven altars...  Then we observe that Bil'am's place of observing Kal Yisroel is from the peaks of the mountaintops and the hills. {Numbers 23:9}  Then in verse 14 he is taken up to the peak of a mountain... Now we notice that Yisroel is likened by G-d to a lion that arises, that lifts up... {Numbers 23:24}  Again Bil'am is taken to another peak, to curse G-d's chosen people...G-d forbid! {Numbers 23:28}  In Numbers 24:2 we observe that Bil'am raises his eyes before being forced to bless Kal Yisroel.  What does he see?  Mystically he sees something that he - Bayl Ahm {chief god of the Babylonians nations} - cannot have.  What is it that he sees?  He sees the Am Yisroel and the elevation of Shabbat!  He realizes that no matter how high he is on the peaks of the mountaintops, nothing he can do will come close to Shabbat' elevation by Kal Yisroel.  He realizes that no matter how high he builds his altars... no matter how many altars he builds... no special mystical numerical combination of seven will surpass Kal Yisroel's Shabbat observance.  He realizes that as we say on Shabbat, "You, Hashem, did not give Shabbat to the nations of the lands nor did you, G-d, give the inheritance of Shabbat to worshippers of idols..."

Next notice the special numerical connection to Shabbat.  On Bamos {the raised place} Ba'al{[of his] god} had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams. {Numbers 23:1}  What does Hashem say to Bil'am? "Shuv" {return...}

Next Balak takes Bil'am to the peak of the mountain where again he had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams. {Numbers 23:14}  What does Hashem say again to Bil'am?  "Shuv" {return...}

Next Balak takes Bil'am to the peak of Pe'or where again he had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams.  There Bil'am blesses Yisroel... He says "How goodly are your tents, Yaakov, your dwelling places Yisroel..." Numbers 24:5,6

Each of these sets of seven mystically points to Shabbat, the seventh day!!

Finally we realize that Shabbat, the Gematria of Shabbat which is 702, brings down the Gematria Mispar Godal of Bil'am / Bayl Ahm {chief god of the Babylonian nations}.  And now we realize the dwelling place that Bil'am Mystically saw was Kal Yisroel dwelling... rooted... enjoying Shabbat, the seventh day.

Shabbat {rest}

702 = ת Sav 400 Bais 2 ש Shin 300

The point is that when Kal Yisroel, "ALL" the descendants of Yaakov, begin observing Shabbat it will bring down all the gods of the nations and usher in the  Moshiach and the third Beit Ha Mikdosh...  This is why so many of the religions attempt to deny the Jewish Shabbat... to alter the Jewish Shabbat.. to challenge the Jewish Shabbat!!

Blessings Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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