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What is the proper way that one should hold his hands while praying, if there is such a way? What is the level of obligation to hold one's hands in that way? Is it required at all?

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One holding the siddur, one turning pages? :-) – Monica Cellio May 7 '13 at 21:42
@MonicaCellio, That's the way I do it :) – Daniel May 7 '13 at 21:46
Me too, the vast majority of the time. Sure, there are prayers I can (and sometimes do) do from memory, but usually I'm holding a siddur anyway. (And you said "prayer", which I scoped more narrowly than, say, any b'racha. If the distinction matters you might want to clarify.) – Monica Cellio May 7 '13 at 21:54

The Rama 91:6 brings the words of the Tur(which comes from shabbas 10 Rav Ashi brings that Rav Kahana did this) that in times of fury one should clasp his hands like a servant in fear,and in times of peace one should dress in nice cloths for prayer.

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http://www.torah.org/learning/tefilah/handpositions.html this is something down your road.However, I follow RaMbaM who says like the gamoroh brought down on that site, that one should put his right on top of his left.

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