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

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Why do we cover our eyes during Shema? [duplicate]

There is a very widespread custom to cover one's eyes with one's hand during the first pasuk of Keriyas Shema. Where/when did this custom originate, and what is the reason for it?
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What is the point of Davening/Praying

What is the point of praying? It is for sure not because Hashem needs/wants it. (Hashem is not lacking in any way he is infinite, and thus does not need our tefillos or our mitzvos) And it seems ...
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Is there a prayer for the prosperity of those keeping the shmitta year and if not – why not?

Is there an accepted* form of prayer for the prosperity of those keeping the shmitta year and if not – why not? My idea for a prayer would be along these lines which could be added into ברך עלינו: ...
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Saying kadesh and vehaya ki yaviyacha when donning on the tefllin

In most siddurim right after the berachot of the tefillin you will find the two parshiot "Kadesh" and "Vehaya ki yeviacha," which are also contained in the tefillin. Is there an obligation to say ...
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Is it ok to pray for a non-religious friend that he become religious?

Is it ok to pray for a non-religious friend that he should become religious? In the end, he has to make the decision for himself, so can the prayer influence somehow his free will?
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Do we have to bring Mashiach?

Clearly, the Messianic Era is something that we should pray for and desire, if we identify with the Torah's way of life. However, is there a specific mitzvah or chiyuv to actually do something ...
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Additions or exclusions of prayers in Siddurim

Someone just mentioned to me that there were differences of prayers in the Ashkenazic Siddur that are not in the Sefardic Siddur, without being specific. If this is true, could someone tell me which ...
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Pray to G-d in feminine (leshon nekeva)

For some reason I remember there were sources strictly prohibiting turning to G-d as a woman. Of cause there are may be prophets metaphores etc. But I think it is at least not encouraged to describe ...
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Is there any contemporary posek who says you can deviate from the wording in the shmona esrei?

I am reading Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer by Rabbi Dr. Avi (Seth) Kadish. There he makes the argument that the Anshei Kneset Hagedolah never established the exacting wording for the ...
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How can we make requests for personal needs in Rosh Chodesh “Bentching”? [duplicate]

On Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh we "Bentch" the new month between Shacharis and Mussaf. Seeing that it is Shabbos, when Chazal forbade one to ask for his personal needs how can we make these requests, ...
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Rising up on your toes three times after conclusion of Amida [duplicate]

After concluding the amida, one is supposed to wait for kedusha before returning to their place. If davening alone one must wait the amount of time it takes to walk 4 Amot. I see many people also ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “Be'emunah” in the last paragraph of “Yekum Purkan”

The last paragraph of "Yekum Purkan" - the prayer recited on Shabbat before Musaf - has a paragraph that praises the people that supply the needs of the synagogue and community. There is a phrase that ...
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Taking Three Steps Back after Amidah while somebody is still davening

I can't for the life of me figure out why people in America (in E"Y I have seen people being makpid) who are totally not makpid on this. Why!? It's an explicit halacha in Shulchan Aruch!
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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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Hallel and Pseukei DZimra

According to the Talmud one who recites Hallel every day is a heretic. Then, why is OK to recite similar tehillim (146-150) as part of pseukei d'zimra? How are these different from Hallel? Is the ...
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Mentioning the name of the sick in teffila

We see in this weeks Parsha (Baha'aloscha) that Moshe Rabbeinu prayed for his sister Miriam's Refuah by saying "אל נא רפא נא לה". The Gemara in Brachos (34a) says that from this passuk we see that ...
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Verses when holding the Sefer Torah

On Shabbath morning, when someone hold the Sefer Torah, he starts by saying "Shema Israel". After saying "Shema Israel", he (in some communities) says a verse starting with "Ehad Elo-henou, ...
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When a Bar Mitzvah boy says “Y'chalelu et Shem Hashem” instead of “Y'Halelu”, should someone correct him?

Perhaps, the title of my question sounds amusing, but I see this happen in my shul a bit too often for me to laugh at it any more. Many of the Bar Mitzvah boys in my shul can barely read Hebrew. but, ...
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Which way to face when davening at the Kotel

It seems that at the Kotel, the general practice is to daven directly facing the wall. (Speaking from experience.) However, i thought we were supposed to face the kodesh hakodashim, which has a ...
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Travel and Shacharit

I'm flying westward in the morning. I don't think I'll have enough time to pray shacharit before I take off, and don't wish to do so en route. I should land with enough time to pray shacharit before ...
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Wearing a gartel and a belt?

For those who hold by wearing a gartel for davening (for separating the upper and lower body), is it necessary when already wearing a belt?
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Kadish at the end of Davening

When I am a Shliach Tzibur, and there are no mourners, should I say Kadish at the end of davening? I know there is an opinion in the Shulchan Aruch that says that davening ends with Kadish. Does ...
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Correct procedure for davening in Synagogue after sof zman tefila

In America, it is very common for shuls to start quite davening shacharit quite late on Shabbat. Suppose someone is going to be attending a synagogue that will not reach shmoneh esrei before sof zman ...
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Source for praying and repentance on Fast days?

What is the source for the idea that fast days are not only for fasting and remorse on the past, but also for prayer and repentance for the future?
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No mention of Korban Tamid in Amida

During Musaf, the specific sacrifices that were brought for Musaf are always mentioned, quoting the specific verses in the Torah that involve those sacrifices. However, even though תפי­לות במקום ...
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Is there any halahic problem davening in the presence of a dog that assists a blind person?

The Shulchan Aruch mentions that one should not daven in the presence of a dog. Is there an exception or leniency made if a blind person accompanied by his dog walks into the shul minyan to daven? ...
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looking for recording of shacharit prayer - nusach chabad

I have a blind relative who can no longer see properly and needs a clear and reasonably slow recording of the chabad shacharit prayer. Does anyone know where I can find this?
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No longer prostrating after tefillah - sources?

Inspired by this question, this question and this answer, what I am looking for is an early source that makes reference to people no longer prostrating themselves after tefillah. If the source gives a ...
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The brocha of Al haTzadikim

In the brocha of we ask Hashem to "grant good reward to those who sincerely trust in Your name". Is this really necessary? Do we not have a promise that Hashem rewards for even the smallest mitzva? ...
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laws of saying shema and aleynu with the tzibbur

I remember learning that you should say shema and aleynu together with the tzibur. If you're a little behind, do you stop what you're saying and say shema or do you catch up and say it when you're ...
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praying while kaddish is being recited

Are you allowed to read prayers (to catch up) while kaddish is being said? How about in between amens, yehey shemey raba and the ending amens?
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What is a Literal Translation of Asher Yatzar?

I have two similar English translations of Asher Yatzar. They both have something to the effect of "many orifices and cavities." However, the Hebrew for these two is ,נקבים נקבים חלולים חלולים. What ...
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Can the Torah be read in shul if a minyan is present after the point in the service designated for Torah reading?

There have been instances where we had 9 people in the shul, and we began to daven Mincha Shabbat afternoon. We finished our individual Shmoneh Esreh, when the 10th person appeared. Can we go back and ...
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Praying for Multiple Sick People in Amidah

In the blessing for healing (Amidah, blessing 8) the words offer an optional section to pray for the sick. However, the form does not offer an option for multiple people. If one is praying for ...
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What is the rule for a girl under Bat Mitzva to sing Shir Hakavod (a.k.a. Anym Zemirot)?

As pointed out here, it is not required and widely common for a boy under Bar Mitzva to lead the congregation in the singing of Shir Hakavd. My question: is it acceptable for a girl under Bat Mitzva ...
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Hebrew Text of Petition for Peace

Reading in my Koren Siddur, I am working on the Hebrew words. I noticed that in the petition for peace in the Mincha text for the weekday Amidah (the same is present in the Ma'ariv) the English reads ...
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Who (if anybody) requires a minyan for Hallel?

The weekday minyan I go to only says Hallel if there is a minyan present. (I'm talking about for Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah, and chol hamoed; I don't know if their practice differs for chagim but I don't ...
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How Should I Pray When Alone?

Using the notes in my Siddurs to direct my prayers, I am trying to figure out exactly what to pray, what is required, what is not permissible, etc., when praying solo. There is not always the right ...
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Are There Any Good Sources for How “Ancient” (Pre-Talmudic) Prayer Was Done?

While reading this answer to another question about the development of the Siddur (here, look specifically at the question about "Modern Laws Vs. Shulcan Aruch"), I came upon this question. Here is ...
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Adding Piyutim to between Shma and Shmoneh Esreh

I had always been taught that there should be no gap between Shema and Shmoneh Esreh, to the point where we don't even answer Amen. Yet on Pesach we add Brach Dodi. Why is this permissible, and ...
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Tune for Avinu Malkeinu has non-Jewish source?

Some synagogues do not sing the last stanza of Avinu Malkeinu to this tune out of belief that it has a non-Jewish, possibly Christian, source. Is this tune in fact not Jewish? Note: even if the tune ...
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Thanking God for things

Considering that we do not know God's ultimate plan, and we know that things that seem good now can actually turn out to be for the better down the road, we must also assume that things that seem good ...
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When should ashrai-uvo lzion be said

Most nusach sefard has ashrai-uvo lzion while doing g'lila before the sefer torah is returned to the ark, which works out 'quicker'. What is correct nusach ashkenaz. Is it different on rosh chodesh or ...
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What does the shaliach tzibbur do if he is stuck by someone behind him still davening?

One is not supposed to take 3 steps back at the end of Tefillah if there is someone davening behind them within 4 amos. (See here for more.) What if the Shaliach Tzibbur is finished davening, and ...
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Can a deaf person be a shaliach tzibbur?

I recall reading (Mishnah Brurah - don't recall location) that the shali'ach tzibbur must wait until everyone answers "amen" before proceeding to thE next bracha. If a deaf person were prompted by ...
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Interrupting Amida for a Mitzvah

Avraham leaves Hashem to deal with guests in Vayera - because welcoming guests is greater than Kabolas Pnei HaSh'china. Does that mean we can interrupt our Shmoneh Esrei to do mitzvahs? At least to ...
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Why is “Av haRachamim” said every Shabbat?

With few exceptions (days when Tachanun isn't said, possibly on the Four Parshiyot), the prayer Av haRachamim, which talks about "the destruction of the Ashkenazi communities around the Rhine River by ...
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When Do We Finish Bowing in the Aleinu?

I have two siddurim, both of which have an indication referring to the beginning of a bow, but neither of which reference when to end this bow. At present I just end it whenever the translated ...
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What is Ya'aleh Veyavo about?

Ya'aleh Veyavo is said on three occasions: in the third blessing of Birchas Hamazon, in the third to last blessing of Shmoneh Esrei on Rosh Chodesh and Chol Hamoed, and in the Kedushas Hayom (middle ...
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Why shouldn't we pray outdoors?

In the answer to another question about tefilla, I read: "that it was against halacha to stand outside and daven out in the open under the Kippas HaShamayim [canopy of the heavens]." This is new ...