Literally "eighteen". Also called the "Amidah". The prayer consisting of 19 blessings, recited three times daily, and four times on Shabbat and Yom-Tov. It forms the backbone of all of the daily prayers.

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Talking during the Shemoneh Esrei

If 2 or more people are talking during the congregation's silent Shemoneh Esrei, are you allowed to and in what way may you silence them? Can you hush or snap at them? Can you interrupt your own ...
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Can I say the Amidah out loud if it helps my kavanah? [duplicate]

If I am davening at home and it would not be disruptive to others, is there any reason I might be permitted to say the Amidah out loud--for example, if it helped me with my concentration or ...
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Saying Yaale v'Yavo out loud to remind others during Amida

Some people recite Yaale v'Yavo out loud while saying the Amida prayer, to remind others to say it. This would help others who would have forgotten from having to repeat the entire Shmonei Esrei. Is ...
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What is the difference - דעה vs דעת

The words דעה and דעת both seem to come from the same root of לדעת, to know. Is there a difference in meaning between them? The only indication I can think of is the נוסח אשכנז version of the ברכה of ...
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Kedushah during silent Shemoneh Esrei

I've heard that if you've finished Sim Shalom (or Shalom Rav) when the Chazzan reaches Kedushah, you should say Kedushah with the Minyan. If you do say Kedushah, should you bow at Zeh Elzeh Vi'amar ...
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Taking three steps with limited space

The Shulchan Arukh describes the measurement of the three steps back taken after amidah in OC 122:3 (translation my own): וְשִׁעוּר פְּסִיעוֹת אֵלּוּ, לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת, הוּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּתֵּן ...
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Saying the pesukim of the musaf instead of the correct nusach

In the musaf shemoneh esrei on Rosh Chodesh, Yom Tov, or Chol Hamoed, if you accidentally continue with the pesukim from Pinchas instead of saying ומנחתם ונסכיהם כמדובר, should you go back: if you ...
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Ordering the healers's attributes in different minhagim

In Ashkenazic Nussach the 8th blessing of the Amida, the Nussach is: "רופא נאמן ורחמן" trustworthy and merciful. and in Sepharadic Nussach the order is "רחמן ונאמן". I am wondering if the difference ...
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Noticing the chazzan's mistake while davening

If you are still davening but you notice that the chazzan made a mistake (yes/no mashiv haruach during the wrong season, for example), and nobody else notices, can you interrupt your davening to ...
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Explain the different positions of reciting the prayer for an ill person in weekday Amidah

I pray Nusach Ashkenaz. I noticed that various Siddurim place the personal prayer for ill people ("Yehi Ratzon") in one of two places during the weekday Amidah. Art Scroll says to include it in the ...
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differences of phrasing in Al hanisim: Chanuka vs. Purim

We add paragraphs to the liturgy of Chanuka and Purim, recounting the respective miracles that those holidays commemorate. We start the paragraphs as follows. Chanuka's starts: In the days of ...
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Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo for Aneinu on a fast day

The shaliach tzibbur on a fast day adds a bracha in to his repetition of the amida, the Aneinu. Unlike other brachot, this is not a repetition because the individual davening has not said this. ...
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why is sim shalom/shalom rav at the end of the amidah?

The order of tefilla is that there should be praise, request, and thanks. It seems like this bracha returns to the idea of requesting so why is it at the end of the amidah where one would think ...
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Shabbat Mincha 2 Nuschaoth

I wondering what is the source of the difference between Sepharadi and Ashkenazi nussach:Sepharadiוּמִי כְעַמְּךָ כְּיִשְׂרָאֵל גוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ שמואל ב, ז, כא Ashkenaziוּמִי כְּעַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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“Chaparat Pesha” just through Adar II

We know that the phrase ולכפרת פשע is added to the Musaf Amidah of Rosh Chodesh during a leap year. However, in most minyanim I've davened in, the custom seems to be that one only adds it from ...
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Chazan's Recitation of Shmona Esrei - Nusach Ashkenaz

In nusach Ashkenaz, the chazzan's repetition of Shmona Esrei skips the paragraph beginning with "אתה קדוש ושמך קדוש", and connects the qedusha with the following brakha ("אתה חונן לאדם דעת") by means ...
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Standing during chazaras hashat"z

During the chazan's repetition of the amidah, do the people in the minyan need to stand? (for parts other than kedusha and modim de'rabanan).
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Why is the bracha for Temple considered thanksgiving and not a request? [duplicate]

The Shemoneh Esrei is organized with three brachot denoting praise, the middle brachot consisting of requests, and the last three consisting of thanksgiving. Why is asking for the Temple considered ...
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Shmoneh Esrei: Why are there so many brachot for the redemption era?

I assume redemption, ingathering of the exiles, restoration of justice, restoration of Jerusalem, restoration of King David's dynasty, and restoration of the temple all are referring to what we ...
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Facing the wrong direction during Amidah

What should I do if I accidentally faced the wrong direction during the Amidah? Should I repeat it? How important is facing the Kotel in the Amidah according to Halacha?
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Should I answer the kaddish if I'm still at the amidah?

Generally, when I say the amidah with a minyan, I'm one of the last (if not the last) persons finishing. This means I'm still at the amidah when the kaddish is recited. And I don't know if I should ...
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What comprises a hefsek in Mincha?

When we daven mincha, we say the psalm we call "Ashrei" first. This seems to come from The shulchan aruch, O"C 93:2. This section requires that the amida be "samuch" to the psalm. We say kaddish ...
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Tu b'Shvat Prayers by R' Yehuda Halevi (Gaon)

A number of years ago, they discovered in the Cairo Geniza a number of Piyutim and Prayers for Shemonah Esrei, to be included on Tu b'Shvat. I found this item listed on a Cairo Geniza database, but I'...
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What is the correct bowing order?

In the end of the Amidah, in Ose Shalom, we bow to one side, to the other side and to the front, this is also done in the end of Lecha Dodi. I've always done this starting with left and then right (in ...
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Steps after chazaras hashatz, if the chazan doesn't continue past Ashre

As user6591 notes, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 123:5) says that the prayer leader does not need to take three steps backward after his repetition of the amida, and the Mishna B'rura (:18) gives the reason: ...
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Not taking three steps forward for the Chazzan's repetition

Last Shabbat we had a guy fill in for Minchah as Chazzan. He did a great job. I'm sure he was just nervous and didn't want to err. But I noticed he didn't take the 3 steps forward for the repetition. (...
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What should one do if he had to interrupt Shmoneh Esreh because of an emergency? [duplicate]

If someone has to interrupt Shemoneh Esreh because of an emergency - e.g., someone in the shul was choking, and you went to save his life. Do you continue form where you stopped or must Shemoneh ...
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Missing “ Borechu ” by Maariv

If one misses ברכו at מעריב , should he rush his שמונה עשרה in order to say it after Davening ?
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Forgetting to say ״ותן טל ומטר״

On a year in which the night we start to say ותן טל ומטר is a weekday night, if one forgets to say ותן ברכה by the מנחה before and doesn't realize that he forgot it until שקיעה, what is the Halacha ...
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Between Shemini Atzeres and the Shemoneh Esrei 9th blessing's prayer for rain

In the Shemoneh Esrei, the line "who makes the wind blow and the rain descend" is added to the Second Blessing from Shemini Atzeres. The request to "give dew and rain for a blessing" is not added to ...
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Rashi on Berachos 33b “al kan tzipor yagiu rachamecha”

In the gemara brachos 33b the mishna says "One who says (in his tefilla -Rashi) Your (Gods) reaches the birds nest... shut him up." Rahsi says on that:אנשים שהיו מראים עצמם כמתכונים להעמיק בלשון ...
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Understanding the Bracha of Hashiveinu in Shemoneh Esrei

It is commonly understood that God gave us free will to do good or evil. Similarly, it says in Gemara B'rachot (33b) that "Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except for the fear of Heaven." In ...
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What to do when you're in the middle of shemonah esrei and the chazzan began saying kadish?

Do you pause and wait for him to finish and then resume your amidah? Do you ignore the kadish and simply continue?
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Why is the “middle” section of Shmoneh Esreh on Shabbat different for each service, yet the same on Yom Tov?

During Shabbat and Yom Tov, the Shmoneh Esreh consists of a total of 7 blessing. The beginning and ending 3 are the same as during weekdays. On Shabbat, the middle blessing text is different for ...
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What kavanah should you have during *Atah Kadosh*?

The third blessing of the amidah, Atah Kadosh, seems mysterious to me: You are holy and your name is holy, and the holy ones bless you all day. Blessed are you Hashem, the Holy God. Is there ...
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the meaning of HaNora in the Amida

In the amida we recite "hagadol, hagibor, vehanora" (the great, mighty, and awesome) There are many explanations for the term "hanora" (awesome). Have heard somewhere one explanation that it refers ...
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When to repeat Shmoneh Esrei when there is chazarat hashatz?

Sometimes a person needs to repeat Shmoneh Esrei. Some example cases: tashlumin, if one forgot ya'aleh v'yavoh, or said the wrong birkat hashanim. This person is davening Shacharit, and immediately ...
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Understanding the end of the Blessing 'Sim Shalom'

In the sentence כי באור פניך נתת לנו ה' אלוהינו תורת חיים ואהבת חסד וצדקה וברכה ורחמים וחיים ושלום are the words אהבת חסד וצדקה וברכה ורחמים וחיים ושלום attributes of the Torah, or are ...
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Praying directly before an aron

It is very common to have a pictorially adorned curtain on an aron kodesh (cabinet that hold the Torah scrolls in a synagogue). It is also very common to have the shatz (prayer leader) stand before ...
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Is stepping back to begin shemonah esrei in front of one who had started a moment early also a problem?

You're not supposed to walk within 4 cubits of someone praying the amidah because the shechinah is in that radius (source). Is stepping back to begin shemonah esrei in front of one who had started a ...
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What replies can be said while waiting for person behind you to finish davening?

One should not take his 3 steps backward after davening shmoneh esrei if there is a person directly behind him still davening [citation needed]. I believe this is true no matter how far the person ...
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Why say זכרנו and מי כמוך with the ש״ץ during the week but not on ר״ה ויו״כ? [closed]

For the ten days from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kipur, we add four sentences to the amida (sh'mone esre), starting respectively with "זכרנו",‎ "מי כמוך",‎ "וכתוב", and "‏(ו)בספר". I've ...
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When to say selichot in a minyan that doesn't

Note: This question is practical, however, my rav is not capable of answering it from his own experience, due to the nature of mainstream Orthodox kehillot in the US. According to Western Ashkenazi ...
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Why are there 4 citations from Ketuvim (Writings) instead of 3 in Shofarot?

Talmud Rosh Hashanah 32a says: מתני' אין פוחתין מעשרה מלכיות מעשרה זכרונות מעשרה שופרות My translation: We do not lessen (saying) 10 verses in each of Malchuyot, Zichront and Shofarot (The ...
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Why does the last citation in the Shofaros section of Rosh Hashahnnah Musaph not mention the shofar?

Talmud Rosh Hashannah 32b delves into a discussion on the Mishnah's instruction that each of the 3 sections in the middle part of Musaph Rosh Hashannah contain at least 3 verses from the Torah, 3 from ...
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Why is the Hineni prayer said before the silent Amida?

The Hineni prayer is said by the Chazan before the silent Amida on the high holidays. In it, the Chazan admits his personal flaws but asks still to be allowed to be a righteous and competent ...
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On the 2nd day of Succot in Diaspora, why don't we read both the 1st & 2nd day Musaph readings?

In Diaspora, on the 1st day of Hol Hamo'ed Succot, which is the 3rd day of Succot, we read the Torah portion pertaining to the Musaph offering given on both the 2nd day as well as the 3rd day of ...
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Why are SA OC 61:22 and 61:23 in that order?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 61:20–1, dicattes that, when reading "Sh'ma", one must put a space between words that are in danger of being run together. In the following paragraph, :22, it says "...
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What is the reason for the ark opening & closing procedure during Aleinu in High Holiday Musaph?

The Art Scroll & Birnbaum siddurim Nusach Ashkenaz for both Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur state this ark / opening procedure during the cantor's recital of the Aleinu prayer during Musaph on ...
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If I daven amida very slowly what do I do when the shatz reaches Kedusha?

I strive to synchronize my tefila with the tzibur on Shema and the beginning of Shmoneh Esra. However, I daven quite slowly (metoch nesyon kavana) and I am almost always somewhere in the middle when ...