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

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Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov?

Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov in Nussach Ashkenaz? A priori question: Why do some congregations say Baruch Hashem L'Olam (BHL) at all? The 2 possible answers I'd ...
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Was sacrifice the only means of forgiveness, or prayer is also included?

Please note I am looking for ideally explicit verses from the Torah to establish these points. Is/was animal sacrifice the only means of seeking forgiveness? Can someone provide some verses which ...
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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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One Tehillim for multiple situations

I don't know much about tehillim and I don't say them regularly. But lately I've started to say Shir Lamaalot for Israel and I've wondered a few things. For example, today somebody asked for people ...
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Why does congregational prayer require a chazan / shaliach tzibbur (cantor)?

Talmud Brachot mentions some of the duties of the shali'ach tzibur in terms of some of his halachic responsibilities during prayer. But, I haven't been able to locate anything in the Talmud that ...
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Who is the LaHem (“them”) in Mussaf Rosh Chodesh?

In Musaf of Rosh Chodesh we say אַהֲבַת עוֹלָם תָּבִיא לָהֶם - bring them eternal love. Who is this phrase referring to? Who is the them in this supplication? If it referes to the renewed temple ...
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Why, in Yom Kippour and RH davening, when we say Tefilas responsively, does sometimes the baal Tefila go first, sometimes the congregation?

Why, in Yom Kippour and RH davening, when we say Tefilas responsively, does sometimes the baal Tefila go first, sometimes the congregation? For example, Shema Koilanu, aveenu Malkainu, the Baal tefila ...
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Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?

Shalom, I would like to know if Jews consider it acceptable to pray to deceased ancestors, forefathers, or "saints" like some Christians in the Catholic tradition do. Deuteronomy 18:11 would seem to ...
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Can the shaliah tsibbur intend the hazarah to be his own tashlumin? [duplicate]

If someone was unable for some reason to daven shaharith and is thereby eligible to pray a make-up prayer (tashlumin) at Minhah, but then ends up being asked to be shaliah ssibbur when he gets to shul,...
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Shaas hashmad and Arab terrorism

There is a halachik principle brought down in the Talmud and codified in halacha known as shaat hashmad - a time of forced religious persecution. Generally, the rule is that any commandment of the ...
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When did shuckling begin?

There was nothing that I could locate in Mishnah Berurah or similar halachic sources that indicates that one should shuckle (sway) during prayers. When did this custom begin, and why? I notice that ...
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Saying half a pasuk

There seems to be a problem with breaking a pasuk up. This question refers to it as to be avoided, and this answer lists the issue and potential exceptions. The question is also discussed here. In ...
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The father's or mother's name in the “Ribbono Shel Olam” (Yom Tov)

In the "Ribonno Shel Olam" prayer which we say on Yom Tov prior to taking out the Torah, there seems to be a major difference of opinion between certain siddurim (prayer books). Some have the ...
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Why does the Chazzan Wear a Tallit on Friday Night?

Generally, the Chazzan \ Shaliach Tzibbur for Maariv does not wear a Tallit. However, on Friday Nights, he does. Why is this night different than all other nights?
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Which is the height considered 3 tefachim for not “praying in height”? (30cm?)

Recently we had to make a synagogue for one day at a hall, and we used a scaffold for the Shaliach tzibbur to be well heard by all the public. The Scaffold was 1m x 1.5m, and I don't remember the ...
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Why do we mention the Rosh Chodesh korbanot in pesukei dezimra?

In the pesukei dezimra of each day we have a section of korbanot. On Shabbat, we add in a section which lists the extra korbanot of Shabbat. According to the Artscroll Yom Kippur machzor, we do that ...
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Losing concentration in the middle of the first blessing of Shemoneh Esrei

First, a little background information: According to halakhah, there are two types of berakhoth: "long" and "short." "Long" *berakhoth" are those that have a pethihah ("opening", i.e. "Barukh Atah ...
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If you're short on time or came late to shul, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? (sefardic version)

If you come late to shul and need to catch up while the congregation is finishing selihot or has already started shacharit, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? I would like answers for ...
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Substitue passage for Barechu on Friday Night

In several nusah Sefard siddurim I have, there's a passage from the Zohar printed before Barechu in the erev shabbat section, to be said by individuals in the case of there being no minyan. This ...
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Chovos HaLevavos on changing ourselves through tefillah

I saw somewhere that Chovos HaLevavos writes, "The purpose of tefillah is not to change Hashem's mind but rather to change ourselves. It is to bring us to the realization that our fate is completely ...
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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 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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Repeated final line in Psalm 150

During Pesukei D'zimra, we say a series of chapters from Tehillim. When we recite chapter 150, the final pasuk (kol haneshama...) is said twice. The ArtScroll Machzor (unlike the everyday ArtScroll ...
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Can a service dog enter a Temple during service?

At Rosh Hashanah service today, a congregant brought his service dog with him. He's not blind, the service dog vest said it was for hearing. Is the temple being kind, or are they required to permit ...
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How does the earliest written siddur compare w siddurim of today?

How does the davening in the siddurim of Rav Amram Gaon (who gave us the earliest written siddur, Is there a free copy of this early (earliest?) siddur online?) compare with siddurim of today? ...
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Must a proper prayer be fully “voiced” and “articulated” in the “mind's ear?”

This question applies to silent prayers. In order for a prayer to be made properly, must the praying person "voice" or otherwise "articulate" every word of the prayer in his/her "mind's ear?" Or, ...
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Why isn't the miracle of Channukah mentioned in Selichot?

In the selichot service, we have a prayer which lists the historic times when Hashem answered prayers (even implicit ones). The "mi she'ana" prayer starts with Avraham on Har Hamoriah and moves ...
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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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When saying Shema Yisroel as your last words, should you say “בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד”?

Ad 120 Since the "Baruch shem..." that follows the statement of "Shema yisroel" was collocated to "Shema yisroel" by rabbis, and is subordinate to the extent that we say it in an undertone, must it ...
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Why do tefillot dealing with repentance frequently contain verses about our oppressors?

Throughout the year, and especially during this time of year as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we say many different types of tefillot in repentance. This list includes the daily tachnun, ...
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Why do ashkenazi jews skip a part of the Aleinu Leshabeach? [duplicate]

I'm an ashkenazi jew and have always wondered why do we skip this sentence in the first paragraph of the Aleinu. The sentence says something like: "We do not pray to false gods".I know it got ...
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Why do we mention dreams during *Birchas Kohanim*?

I don't know how many sects actually do this, but some people have the custom to say a tehfillah which is all about dreams. In it we ask Hashem to make all our good dreams come true whether "...I have ...
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Sources for Holding One's Left Hand in Right Hand During Prayer

What are the earliest sources for the practice of holding one's left hand in one's right hand during prayer? (particular during the Ammidah). The Talmud Shabbat (10a) notes a practice of holding one'...
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What is the point of praying if your fate is already decided on Rosh Hashana?

It says in Rosh Hashana " On the New Year, [first of Tishrei] all who have entered the earth pass before Him, one by one, like young sheep, as it says: “He that fashioned the heart of them all, Who ...
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Why put Psalm 130 right before barchu?

I've seen the custom quoted in many siddurim to recite Psalm 130 (שיר המעלות ממעמקים), with the Ark open, between ישתבח and ברכו during עשרת ימי תשובה. This particular Psalm was chosen because it's ...
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Shva na after meteg on short vowel

When a long vowel has a meteg, there is a difference of opinion if the shva after it is na or nach. What about a short vowel with a meteg? Is it vayihi chen or vayhi chen? Is it tihiyeh or tihyeh? Is ...
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Three steps forward after daytime amidah (with no minyon)

Yo, I was wondering if one is required to take three steps forward upon conclusion of any of the day time amidas (or amidahim? Not too good with Hebrew grammar.). According to the instructions of ...
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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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What's so moving about Kol Nidrei

Wikipedia describes Kol Nidrei: Though not a prayer, this dry legal formula and its ceremonial accompaniment have been charged with emotional undertones since the medieval period, creating a ...
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Kol Nidre: Is it lawful to pray along with sinners?

I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this in a translation of the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre: "By the authority of the Court on High and by authority of the court down ...
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What is the point of vows, oaths, and pledges in light of Kol Nidre? [duplicate]

I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this translation of the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre: "All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are ...
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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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Yom Kippur Night Honour Clarification

What is the pesicha of Omnon Ken on Kol Nidre night? When does it occur, and on what page of the Artscrol Siddur can it be found?
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Where is the prayer that contains the words “תן בינה לרופא”?

I have been told that there is a prayer that a sick person can say requesting healing which contains the words, "תן בינה לרופא". Can anyone identify this prayer?
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Why do we recite Sh'losh Esrei Middos 3 times during the pre-Torah service on the High Holidays?

It seems odd the we would repeat the 13 middos of God three times in a row, it is as if we are saying there are 39 middos. So why do we say the Sh'losh Esrei Middos three times in a row on the yomim ...
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Conversations with G-d

I learned that other than praying, I can talk to G-d throughout the day, while I'm in traffic, or walking to some where ...any time. Now, since it's very hot here where I live , I prefer to be more ...
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Can a Chazan silently say Yom Kippur piyutim in English?

Some shuls (such as mine) do many sections of most piyutim silently. Is the Shat"z allowed to do the silent portions in English and just say the ending of the piyut aloud in Hebrew?
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Origin of custom of cantor walking for “Hineni”

Prior to the Musaph service on the High Holidays, the cantor recites a prayer called Hineni, named after the first word of the prayer meaning "Behold, I am...". The prayer's contents is mainly the ...
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What is considered praying with a minyan?

What is the minium that one must say with a minyan to count as if he prayed with a minyan? Since "tefillah" when mentioned in the Talmud referrs to the Amidah is it safe to assume that only praying ...
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Can modeh ani be recited before the person dress up?

If a person wake up early everyday but have a little time before he go to work. And I understood from a website that praying Modeh Ani after eating is disrespectful toward the Almighty. Can I recite ...