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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why do wisdom and forgiveness require grace

Two blessings of Shmona Esrei mention grace (חנן) while the rest do not. The fourth blessing (אתה חונן) mentions this root three different times. The sixth bracha (סלח לנו) concludes with it . Why ...
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Anenu if planning to break the fast

I have two related questions about the fast day addition to the Amida "Anenu b'yom tzom taaniteinu": If an individual is fasting when he says mincha, but he plans to break the fast after mincha, ...
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Can a Shaliach Tzibur recite the High Holiday piyutim in English?

Some shuls (this seems common in non-Orthodox shuls) have a lot of English responsive reading during the High Holiday services. Usually the "larger" piyutim, i.e., those that are recited while the ...
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Birkat Minim in Siddur haRaSa"G [closed]

I was looking in my father's copy of R' Sa'adya Gaon's siddur over Shabbat and noticed something strange: the phrasing of the bracha for Birkat Minim was different from any other nusach I have seen ...
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Why do we say כן יהי רצון in response to each blessing of Birkat Kohanim?

In most congregations (as far as I know), when the chazzan recites Birkat Kohanim (Priest's blessing) as part of the repetition of Shmoneh Esreh, after each of the 3 blessings, the congregation ...
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Should Ashkenazim say 'מוריד הטל' in Israel?

The Rema (114:3) brings the Tur who says that Ashkenazim do not say 'מוריד הטל' in the amidah: "Us, the Ashkenazim, do not commemorate the 'טל' [i.e. say 'מוריד הטל'], not in the summer days nor ...
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Reason for “Oseh Shalom” in 3 places

The phrase starting with the words עושה שלום במרומיו ("He who makes peace in his high places") is said in 3 places and always at the end (or very near it): Birkat Hamazon Kaddish Shmoneh Esreh ...
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Why are you allowed to say the elokay nitzor in the end of the amidah on shabbat and yom tov?

You are not allowed to ask for personal requests on shabbat and yom tov when praying to god. However the elokay nitzor following the amidah has a format of a request and is yet still said on these ...
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What is the rationale behind tashlumin?

I understand that according to Masechet Brachot and the normative halacha, in certain cases, one who unintentionally missed saying a prayer service may "make up" that service by reciting the Shmoneh ...
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Why do we have the Bakasha, request, of Shema Koleinu, hear our voices in the Shemoneh Esreh? [duplicate]

שְׁמַע קולֵנוּ. ה' אֱלהֵינוּ חוּס וְרַחֵם עָלֵינוּ. וְקַבֵּל בְּרַחֲמִים וּבְרָצון אֶת תְּפִלָּתֵנוּ. כִּי אֵל שׁומֵעַ תְּפִלּות וְתַחֲנוּנִים אָתָּה. וּמִלְּפָנֶיךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ. רֵיקָם אַל ...
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What does it mean for one's soul to “be like dust to everyone”?

From the end of the Amidah: "To those who curse me, let my soul be silent; and let my soul be like dust to everyone". What does it mean, for one's soul to be like dust? And why is it a good thing?
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Shmoneh esrei construction

I am somewhat new to the shmoneh esrei. Here's the first of a series of questions: There's the three main prayers and the kedusha, followed by 14 (?) further requests that an individual davening the ...
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Why is the position of “Ya'aleh Veyavo” different in Yom Tov prayers than Hol Hamo'ed prayers?

In the Yom Tov Shmoneh Esreh the paragraph יעלה ויבא is placed in the middle of the center blessing. During Hol Hamo'ed, however, it is placed in the blessing of רצה. Why is there a difference of ...
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Are there circumstances when one should repeat a prayer in which he had no kavana the first time?

Halichipedia writes One should have kavana (proper concentration) when praying Shemonah Esrei. If one is unable to have kavana for all of Shemonah Esrei one should make an extra effort to ...
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If a chazzan has to repeat Shmoneh Esrei, can he use the chazarat hashatz for that?

Let's say a chazzan makes a mistake in his personal Shmoneh Esrei that he would have to repeat it for (e.g. missed yaaleh vyavoh). Can he use the chazarat hashatz as his required repetition, or must ...
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What is the difference between these two brachot? [duplicate]

During Shacharit (the morning service) and Ma'ariv (the evening service), these are two blessings that seem quite similar. After the Shema, one says "Baruch ata Hashem, go-al Yisrael." A few minutes ...
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Why don't we care if the Pesach pilgrims get rained on?

After Sukkos, we immediately begin saying mashiv haruach, as it is the rainy season. However, we delay saying v'sein tal umattar, the request for rain, until we have given the pilgrims who came to ...
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Using a different text of Birkat Minim

It is known that we remove a sha"tz for omitting Birkat Minim. However, there are multiple texts that I know of, including: Vilmalshinim, Laminim, and Vilam'shumadim. There are also small variants in ...
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Connection of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov to birkat kohanim

There is a man who davens in my minyan who loudly says "אברהם, יצחק, ויעקב" after birkat kohanim during chazarat hasha"tz. I have never seen anybody else do that, and I was wondering if there is a ...