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

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Covering eyes for Shma which isn't THE shma

Based on the answer to this question about covering ones eyes for the Shma said early in davening, it would appear that one only covers his eyes when saying the verse of Shma in order to enhance the ...
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Order of Karaite prayers

I was privileged to find a Karaite prayer book on the web, and it is the one edited by Nehemia Gordon in consultation with R’ Moshe Dabah based on the Avraham Firkovich Edition, originally published ...
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I am not Jewish but would like to visit a MO synagogue to pray occasionally on Shabbat. What is the best course?

I have studied Judaism for five years privately but also with the assistance of friends. There isn't a shul in the city where I live so most Shabbats I pray at home. Occasionally I have driven into ...
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When can you start Chazarat Hashas?

How many people are needed to start Chazarat Hashas? What about if it's time sensitive, such as people need to go, or there's danger? Nusach: Ashkinaz Davening: Weekday Shacharit People at minyan: ...
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Changing the תפילת בית המדרש

The גמרא in מסכת ברכות on דף כח עמוד ב gives a תפילה for people to say when entering a בית המדרש. This is quoted להלכה in רמב''ם ברכות י,כג and שולחן ערוך אורח חיים קי,ח. However, the ט''ז on ...
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How do מושב יקרו and שכינת עזו work in the Oleinu prayer?

I would like to understand in the Oleinu prayer what is meant by (1) מושב יקרו Artscroll translates as “the seat of His homage” and (2) שכינת עזו Artscroll translates as “His powerful presence” ...
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What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?

When I say "song", I mean the combination of tune and words; and yes I'm probably thinking Ashkenazically here. It seems like any European old-timer I've met knows the "good old fashioned" tune for ...
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Does anyone agree with Rebbe Nachman that the Tikkun HaKlali is a teshuvah for all sins?

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Zt"l apparently recommended reciting a series of ten psalms--plus several interpolated prayers--as a teshuvah for any sin, and particularly the questionable sin of involuntary ...
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What is a woman's obligation when it comes to T'fillah?

In Orthodox practice it is commonly thought that women are not obligated in T'fillah (parts of it anyway) due to its time-bound nature. However, what is a woman's obligation? Which prayers must she ...
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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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Kel Maleh Rachamim for Jewish martyrs

I am looking for variant texts of Kel Maleh Rachamim for the shoah, for Jewish martyrs generally, and for members of the IDF who perished in battle.
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To what crying was Hashem responding?

In Bereishit 21, Avraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out with water. When the water is done, she sends him over to some trees and removes herself so as not to see his suffering. According to pasuk 16, she ...
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Explain differences in terms used for “prayer”

Please explain the differences in the types of "prayer" that is meant when these terms for "prayer" as found in Tanac"h are used. I have intentionally omitted English translation for these verses, as ...
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Minimum Intent when saying God's Name in prayer service

In the daily prayers one has to recite many psalms and other prayers containing God's Name. What is the minimum intent one must have in order to not be transgressing any biblical or rabbinical ...
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Answering kedusha differently to the kehilla?

If one is praying a nusach which is different to the nusach that the shul is using, is it wrong to answer according to your own nusach?
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Jews don't pray, we do mitpalel and other things, but how do other forms of divine communication with HaShem fit into this view?

Within the Tanach there seem to be a lot of words which define our communication with HaShem. The world calls this 'prayer', but within the Tanach there are several words to describe this unique ...
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What is the benefit to praying with a Minyan?

What is the benefit(s) of Praying with a Minyan? Besides for all the additional things you can now do with a Minyan (Kaddish, Kriah etc). By prayer, I mean the Shmoneh Esreh. What is different in ...
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Do you have to hear the morning blessings of the next minyan before leaving synagogue?

A minyan has just finished davenning and its participants are leaving. The next minyan is starting saying the morning blessings. Is there any obligation of the departing people to hear all the ...
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What does “responsive recitation” mean for Selichos?

There are a bunch of Selichos that are supposed to be "recited responsively." I think for many of them, I've seen the format: Chazan: line 1 Kehila: line 1 Kehila: line 2 Chazan: line 2 Kehila: ...
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What exactly can one pray for - everything?

I'm not for sure but there seem to be prayers to show one's ahava (love), shevach (praise) and hoda'a (thanksgiving). There seem to be prayers about techina (supplication), bekasha (beseech, request). ...
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Source for Modeh Ani

What is the earliest source that says that one should recite the short prayer of thanks known as "modeh ani" when one gets up in the morning?
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Are dageishim kalim absolute? part 2

This was actually what I originally intended to ask here, but I got sidetracked into a related question. They're similar points, but I think they're distinct enough to ask as separate questions. ...
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Are you allowed to pray for sick people? Source

I remember learning in Masechet Succah that there is a debate over whether or not we are allowed to pray for sick people, because their fate was decided from the beginning of the year etc. I can't ...
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Borit karshina lAma he baa or lEma

A simple question on Nussach Hatefila. On the basis of Tosfot Yom tov מסכת ערלה פרק ב - משנה ו וּלְמָה אָמְרוּ כָּל הַמְחַמֵּץ וְהַמְתַבֵּל וְהַמְדַמֵּעַ לְהַחֲמִיר‏ See Tosfot Yom Tov "והלמד ...
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Should a robber pray to be successful in robbing a bank?

If a person plans to do something that they know is an aveira, should they daven to be successful? I think one of the main things this question is exploring is how a person should relate to God vis-a-...
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Is one allowed to break up the shofar blowing grouping to other than what the siddur indicates?

Most siddurim (Nusach Ashkenaz Sefard) group the shofar blowing as follows: 40 blasts before Musaph divided as: A 3 times Tekiah Shevarim-Tru'ah Tekiah B 3 times Tekiah Shevarim Tekiah C 3 times ...
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Are dageishim kalim absolute?

When a word starts with one of בגדכפת and the previous word ends in a vowel, usually the בגדכפת letter does not get a dageish unless it falls into one of the exception categories. What happens if you ...
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Why are the Yehi Ratzon prayers connected to Tachanun?

On Mondays and Thursdays, after the torah is read, we say a series of Yehi Ratzon prayers. However, we do not say those prayers on a Monday or Thursday on which we do not say Tachanun: The ...
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Do communal and individual prayers correspond to different sacrifices?

Prayer, in general, is compared to the sacrifices that were offered in the Temple, as alluded to in Hoshea 14:3. But, halacha distinguishes between the prayers of an individual (תפלה ביחיד) and the ...
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Why are Ashre and Alenu considered communal prayers?

Shulchan Aruch (OC 65) says to say "Sh'ma" with the congregation when they say it, and Mishna B'rura 9 there says the same is true of other things recited as a congregation such as "Ashre" and "Alenu"....
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40 days at the Kotel

If someone is trying to pray 40 consecutive days at the Kotel, does beginning prayer one minute after sunset count for the day that's ending? For the day that's starting? Both? Neither?
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Da'el Streisand [duplicate]

I am a bit confused. I wake up very early. I understand the earliest I can put on tefillin and tallit, but when is actually the earliest time I can daven shacharit as well as the Amidah.
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Gematria 515 avodat halev

I read this article: 'ABOUT AND BY THE COMMENTATORS: Why do we Eat Matza on Pesach?' written by Rabbi Amnon Bazak, in which he wrote: Avudraham gives many examples of gematria, the numerical ...
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Prayer Meditation; help understanding terms

Could someone explain the terms of kavanah, hitbodedut and hitbonenut in relation to Tefilah (prayer)? I know that these are all forms of meditation of some kind; but are they integrated in the way ...
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Why is Avodah Shebalev (service of the heart) known as prayer?

Ta'anit 2a (Chazal) teaches that the service of the heart is prayer. But how does one knows its prayer? When I think of service of the heart for example I think of all my whole being acting, ...
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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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Why would one paraphrase and not quote a pasuk?

In the second bracha before Shma in the morning, there is a line which is taken from Tehillim 86:11 which reads, "יַחֵד לְבָבִי לְיִרְאָה שְׁמֶךָ". The construction I found in the Artscroll reads (I ...
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Why are Moshe, Aharon, David and Shlomo mentioned in the prayer for the sick?

Based on Nusach Ashkenaz, it seems that when there is a prayer beginning with the words מי שברך , that only the 3 fathers (Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya'akov) are mentioned. Two examples: Mi Sheberach for ...
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Why isn't Tefilat Mussaf consistent?

According to Nusach Edot HamMizrach, why does the Mussaf prayer on Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh include a description of the actual mussaf sacrifice, while the Mussaf prayer on Moed does not? Why aren't ...
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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 is flatulence forbidden in tefillin and during prayer

Why is flatulence forbidden in Tefillin and during prayer? Is it because partials of the feces get stuck to the body so now you do not have a clean body? or what?
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Hashta Ba'agala

There have been questions about the use of Aramaic as a language of prayer, in whole or in part, and even a question about the possible appearance of a single Aramaic word in an otherwise Hebrew ...
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Does Maimonides Allow Prayer to Angels?

In his Mishna Commentary to Sanhedrin 10:1 Maimonides lists as his 5th principle the prohibition to pray to an angel even as an intermediary. He counts this in his enumeration of his 13 principles in ...
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Why do some siddurim switch the order of the angels?

I've noticed that in some siddurim in the prayer "El Adon" the last line has the order of the angels switched; that is, they say: "seraphim, chayot, v'ophanei hakodesh" instead of "seraphim, ...
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What is “ya’aleh v’yavo”?

I am learning about prayer services and was wondering what is "ya’aleh v’yavo" and when do we insert the “ya’aleh v’yavo” language into our davening?
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Is there a guide or publication listing U.S. / Canadian shuls that are handicapped-friendly?

My apologies to any reader that I may inadvertently offend by use of the term "handicap". I am uncertain of another good term to convey my message... Parsha Kedoshim, which addresses not to insult ...
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Touching one's hair while putting on Tfillin

I remember to have read (in the Shulchan Aruch I believe) that after doing the Netilat Yadayim one can't touch one's hair, because that would make you impure again. But when I put on and accommodate ...
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Tachanun on 'erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut'

For those that hold Yom Ha'Atzmaut to be a 'chag' or 'pseudo-chag' (to whatever extent, see here), does it directly follow that tachanun is not said at mincha on erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut?
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Why am I always the last person to finish davening Al Cheit? [closed]

On Yom Kippur, I daven as fast as I possibly can--reading everything in my native language, and with far more speed than kavana--because I know I will have this problem. And yet I still have the ...
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Why do Jewish people sway while praying?

Is there a reason that people sway back and forth while praying? I saw a lot of people pray like this, but I'm too shy to ask them why do they do this.