Recordings

The Rabbi has recorded a variety of prayers to allow practice at your convenience. Other shiurim recordings from time to time will be posted here too. Enjoy!

Prayers and services
Women’s Kaddish – Click A Guide to Kaddish and Mourning

Kaddish – Mourners Kaddish
Kaddish is commonly known as a mourner’s prayer, but in fact, variations on the Kaddish prayer are routinely recited at many other times, and the prayer itself has nothing to do with death or mourning. The prayer begins “May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified in the world that He created as He willed. May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days …” and continues in much that vein. The real mourner’s prayer is El Molai Rachamim, which is recited at grave sites and during funerals. Why, then, is Kaddish recited by mourners?

After a great loss like the death of a parent, you might expect a person to lose faith in G-d, or to cry out against G-d’s injustice. Instead, Judaism requires a mourner to stand up every day, publicly (i.e., in front of a minyan, a quorum of 10 adult men), and reaffirm faith in G-d despite this loss. To do so inures to the merit of the deceased in the eyes of G-d, because the deceased must have been a very good parent to raise a child who could express such faith in the face of personal loss.

Kaddish d’Rabbanan – Rabbi’s Kaddish
Kaddish d’Rabbanan is recited after a public lecture in the Oral Torah. Since it is related to Torah study, the Rabbis’s Kaddish includes a passage on behalf of “the Jews, the teachers, their students, their students’s students, and all those who engage in the study of Torah.”

Shiur and talks recorded

High Holiday 2015 Rabbi Dovi Rapaport speaks at Selichot

Here Lost in Translation Part 1 by Rabbi Dovi Rapaport (Feb 2016)
Here Lost in Translation Part 2 by Rabbi Dovi Rapaport (Feb 2016)