Questions about Jewish prayer (the fixed order of typically-thrice-daily prayers, or prayer generally).

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prayer for someone undergoing surgery

Is there a prayer that is said by others on behalf of someone who is about to undergo a dangerous (non-cosmetic) surgery? Is the מי שברך the most appropriate?
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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

Last night, I was pulled in off the street to help an unfamiliar shul make a minyan for Mincha/Ma'ariv. The rabbi greeted me, and when he learned I do not speak Hebrew, he gave me a very nice blessing ...
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How to pronounce “nechamasa” in kaddish?

In most siddurim I've seen, the word "ונחמתא" in kaddish is written "וְנֶחֱמָתָא," with a סגול ("eh" sound) under the ח. However, someone recently told me that a certain (very trustworthy) rabbi ...
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Woman Bringing their little girls to shul

The Birkei Yosef states (regarding bringing children to shul) that “It’s prohibited [for a father] to sit his young child in front of him during tefillah [davening].” (Mishnah Berurah 96:4) Why does ...
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What is the rationale to continue saying Yekum Purkan in its present state

In Yekum Purkan, we pray for the well-being of the rabbis in Bavel, the Reishei Chalei, & the Reish Galvasa (commonly pronounced Galussa). This specific prayer for non-existent people and ...
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Walking out of shul backwards

When leaving shul after davening, I've seen some people walking out backwards. Is this a halacha?
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Who says Barchu at the end of davening?

Here in Israel, at the end of Shacharit most days, and Maariv all the time, someone says Barchu. In Nusach Sefard, it's before Aleinu; after in Nusach Ashkenaz. It is generally said by someone who ...
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Better for a kohen to daven in a minyan with one other kohen or no kohanim at all?

Say a kohen has an option of davening in one minyan where there is no kohanim at all in order that they should have bircas kohanim. Or he could daven in a minyan where there is at least one other ...
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Prayer of Avraham Avinu at Mount Moriah

On Yom Kippur and in Selichos we pray "The One who answered Avraham Avinu's prayer on Mount Moriah, should answer us". "מי שענה לאברהם אבינו בהר המוריה הוא יעננו". What did Avraham pray for at Mount ...
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Would Avraham's tefillah have been necessary to save Sedom?

Let's say there actually would have been 50 (or 45, or 40...) righteous people in Sedom. Would Hashem have destroyed the city without Avraham's tefillah but saved it due to his tefillah? Was Avraham ...
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How to pray for something

How is one supposed to pray for something he needs? Is he/she supposed to request it from God once or repeat the request over and over, or make arguments why he deserves it or something else? It ...
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Can one be counted in a minyan if one has already davened?

Can one be counted in a minyan if one is present for Minchah/Ma’ariv but has already davened Minchah? Related question: Should I alter my schedule to daven Minchah with a minyan?
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Explaining Providence and Prayer to Children

When a young child is sick or in pain, and they say something like, "I prayed to HaShem to make it better but he didn't do anything" what's a good way to answer that kind of question?
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Should I alter my schedule to daven Minchah with a minyan?

Is it better to wait to daven Minchah K’tanah if there’s a chance one could be finished working before sunset? Or is it okay to daven Minchah Gedolah and join the minyan for Ma’ariv, even though one ...
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Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?

I tend to daven (pray) without sufficient focus and very quickly. In particular, I find that most of the time that I'm praying, my mind is on things other than the words that I'm saying. And, not that ...
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What is the precise difference between Kakatuv and Shene'emar and

The davening on the Yamim Nora'im references many verses and the machzor introduces those verses in a variety of ways. A quick glance at the davening for Yom Kippur shows v'ne'emar she'ne'emar ...
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Why does Nusach Ashkenaz say Ledovid after Maariv?

According to my understanding, Nusach Sefard says Ledovid Hashem Ori after Shacharis and Mincha while Nusach Ashkenaz seems to say it after Shacharis and Maariv. Why this difference? [I wrote the ...
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Did the Israeli soldiers who were involved in Operation Protective Edge eliminate any parts of davening?

I assume that those driving the tanks, going in the tunnels, and otherwise in immediate dangerous situations either completely miss a prayer, or eliminate parts of it. Maybe they are saying "Havinenu" ...
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Shul, Children and Chinuch

Someone once told me parents should not bring their children (i.e. that are below chinuch – they are not capable of being quiet on their own) to shul if they are going to disturb. It is also better ...
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Praying for the moon to become bigger

During Kiddush Levanah, a brief prayer is recited, that God "fill the defect of the moon, that there should be no more diminution thereof, and that the moon's light be like the sun's light and like ...
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Agnostic Jew serving as the tenth for a minyan

I remember reading a responsum on the issue of agnostic Jew's serving as the tenth for a minyan, but do not remember the outcome. Does anyone know the rule? Also, do we count, as the tenth man, a ...
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Where in daily prayers do we, or can we, address our personal feelings, towards Hashem?

The main body of Shmoneh esrei has praise for Hashem, requests, and thanks. There are a couple of standard places to introduce personal supplications. Pesukei dezimra and Birchas Krias Shma can be ...
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What should a woman think about during candle lighting?

I often see women closing their eyes and concentrating after lighting Shabbos or Yom Tov candles. I was told that this is an auspicious time to pray. I would like to know if any commentators discuss ...
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Learning while the Chazzan recites piyutim

During the Chazzan's repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei, one is generally required to pay absolute attention and avoid learning etc. What about when the Chazzan is reciting piyutim during his ...
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When do you say Hashem sefatai?

Before saying shemoneh esrei we say "Hashem, sefatai siftach u'fi yagid tehilasecha". Are you supposed to say those words A) Before you take the 3 steps back to start your shemoneh esrei B) One word ...
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What should you be doing during the repetition of the Amidah?

I asked a posek once, Rabbi Schabes, if you're allowed to learn torah during the repetition of the Amidah. He said that it's prohibited to learn at this time. What exactly should you be doing if ...
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Big-picture commentary on the siddur

There are many commentaries on the siddur. However, most of them focus in detail on the words of the prayers. I'm looking for a commentary which looks at the "big picture" of each prayer. That is, ...
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(When) should skipped parts of davening be made up?

If someone skips parts of shacharit in order to say shemoneh esrei with the congregation, (when) should the skipped paragraphs be made up?
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Why doesn't Tefilat Geshem have a verse referring to Miriam?

The "Tefilat Geshem" ("Prayer for Rain") recited on Shemini 'Atzeret contains six verses. Each verse refers to a different person (except the last, which refers to a nation) and makes various ...
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Should I be shuckling?

I was told that shuckeling (sp?) is an indication of the love-fear relationship that we have with God. You move forward showing that you want to be close to God and then backward out of fear of his ...
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What book do these notes synopsize?

I picked up a (IIRC ArtScroll) sidur (prayer book) in my synagogue one day. It had no indication of ownership in it, but it had some handwritten notes (all in the same hand). Among them were: ...
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Drinking during davening

I am not clear what the rule is for drinking and then davening in the following sense (can be considered a follow to Drunken Davening). On the one hand, in the SA 99 we have that someone is not ...
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Is it permissible to post photos of pages of a siddur (containing YHVH) online?

I am planning to write a detailed blog post about the weekday Shacharit service, and I want to illustrate it with photos of pages from my ArtScroll siddur. Is this permissible, given that the pages ...
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Saying Misod and Reshut (introduction) for piyutim, then skipping them

I have seen that many yeshivos (and recently, even some shuls) often say just Misod and the Reshus on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and then skip the actual piyutim they are meant to introduce! This ...
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How to inspire tears in davening?

Rebbe Nachman said that it is especially powerful to allow tears to flow during the Amidah. How does one come to tears? What thoughts should one have while davening to allow tears to flow in order to ...
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How does the Conservative Movement address issues with women leading davening?

The Conservative movement started to allow women to count in a minyan in 1973 without publishing a halachic justification. In 2002, Rabbi David Fine published a teshuva on the issues of women counting ...
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Do we still need 4 amot for davening with benches?

Most shuls nowadays separate rows with benches/chairs and shtenders. If this is the case, must someone avoid walking in front of someone davening, even separated by benches? It seems less likely to ...
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Timing of saying “Adonai sefatai tiftach” at beginning of Amidah [duplicate]

When does one say the 6 words starting with Adonai sefatai tiftach? Does one say it before taking three steps back, during taking the three steps back, after taking the three steps back but before ...
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Eating before davening mincha when one hasn't davened shachris

Let's say a person was unable to daven Shachris for a relatively legitimate reason, and finds himself in the afternoon, where he's now supposed to daven mincha twice. What of the prohibition of ...
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Hamelech Hakadosh on Motzei Yom Kippur

Motzei Yom Kippur by Maariv one was Davening and in error said Hamelech Hakadosh instead of Hakeil Hakadosh and realized his error a bit later does he have to Daven over?
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What exactly do you do and say when you fall Korim?

Some people have a custom of bowing during Musaf on Yom Kippur ("Korim"). What exactly do you do and say when you fall Korim on Yom Kipur?
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Why does Chazan (“seer”) mean prayer leader?

The leader of the Tefillah is referred to as a חַזַּן. The word חַזַּן, although translated as a cantor, actually comes from the word חֲזוֹן which means vision. Is there a source for this?
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Why does the Kohen Gadol say “Hashem” rather than the Tetragrammaton

In the Avoda, the tefilla of the Kohen Gadol begins thus: וכך היה אומר: אנא השם While the ineffable name is used at the end of the tefilla, why is the name "HaShem" used to preface the tefilla ...
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Why don't we add in other korbanot on holidays?

In the shacharit davening, we say a section called "korbanot" and in it, we recount the incense offering and the different types of sacrifices made in including the tamid, continual offering. On ...
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Call and response in Sephardic communal prayers

Why does there tend to be more call and response in Sephardi communal prayer in comparison with Ashkenazi minyanim e.g. saying pesukei d'zimra in unison. Also, during the repetition of the shemoneh ...
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Who says the Ribbono shel Olam in Birkas Kohanim?

I've "seen" many Talmidei Chachamim not saying the Ribbono shel Olams following each bracha of Birkas Kohanim. At least, I hear them chanting with the Kohanim from start to finish. Are these tefilos ...
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Kol Nidre vs. Kal Nidre

Is the prayer we recite on Yom Kippur night pronounced "Kal Nidre" (with a kamatz) or "Kol Nidre" (with a חולם)? I've heard in the name of one of the Posekei Hador, Harav Bension Musafi, that it ...
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Getting “used to” making a change in davening

When we change to saying "mashiv haru'ach" one is required to recite the shmoneh esrei again if he is unsure if he made the insertion. This site points out that one becomes habituated after 30 days ...
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Should you say mashiv haruach if it's raining?

If it is currently raining in your location and it is not the proper time to say mashiv haruach, should you say it anyways? Mashiv haruach, unlike v'ten tal umatar, is a recognition of God's power to ...
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Who uses nusach Sefard?

In which communities is nusach Sefard used? A community can be people from a specific place (I.e. Spain), or a certain religious style (I.e. Chassidim).