Mishnah Berachot Sample Lesson

Below you’ll find a sample of the first lesson in the Mishnah Berachot course.

Lesson 1: Chapter 1 Mishnah 1 Lesson 1: Why Do we Recite Shema at Night?

Understanding the first chapter of Shema is the key to explaining why we recite Shema at all, and why specifically at night.

Mishnah Berachot Course Description

Course Description: Meet the Mishnah – Masechet Berachot

Course Name: Meet the Mishnah – Masechet Berachot
Course Teacher: Rabbi Reuven Spolter
Course Details: Mishnah Masechet Berachot Chapters 1 and 2
For Grades: 5-8

The student will learn the following skills during this course: 

  • Text reading and comprehension
  • Basic Mishnah vocabulary and terms
  • Identifying key words to help map out the Mishnah
  • Understanding the structure of the Mishnah
  • Identifying and explaining arguments in the Mishnah
  • Creating a chart to map positions in the Mishnah

The student will learn the following Judaic knowledge

  • The meaning of key phrases and verses in the Shema
  • How to calculate a halachic day
  • The structure of Shacharit and Arvit
  • Halachic concepts including לכתחילה and בדיעבד, העוסק במצוה פטור מן המצוה, מצוות צריכות כוונה

The student will understand:

  • The structure of the chapters of Shema, 
  • Why we recite each chapter of Shema each morning and evening
  • Different categories of blessings (long, short, etc)
  • The nature and significance of כוונה with regard to mitzvot 

Number of lessons: 20

Course Description: For a complete course curriculum, click here

Sample Lesson:

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