Class #38 (2/6/13). Ayn Yaakov, Berakhot, Megilah (Finkel ed. Pages 35, 279-280). The Amidah Shemoneh Esrei Prayer, why we say it, what it mean, Part 2. This lesson continues a review of the Amidah, blessing by blessing, with emphasis on the history of the placement of Birkat HaMinim, the curse against traitors. Also discussed is the need for prayer to be sincere, and not prayed by rote. Reading from the Shulkhan Arukh (Code of Jewish Law), Orah Haim 98 about the proper intent necessary in prayer, and what are the legal (halakhic) repercussions if sincerity is lacking.