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

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Merit and Ein Mazal L'Yisrael

The Gemara (Shabbos 156b) tells a story with Shmuel and a non-Jewish astrologer named Avlait. They observed people entering a swamp. Avlait said that a certain man would not emerge from the swamp ...
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Davening to change nature

Im mashcehes Brachos (Bavli) 60 the gemara states that one should not pray that their unborn baby be a boy if its after the time the baby has formed already in the womb. However,in Masheches Brachos ...
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To interrupt Tefila by writing

For Birkat Hatora, writing is as speaking (SA OC 47,3): it is not allowed to write Divre Tora before Birkat Hatora. If someone ask you a question when you are davening, can you write an answer or is ...
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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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invoking a name in prayer

I am reading a book A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book, by Aliza Lavie. In it the author writes: Freiha was an eighteenth-century Moroccan poet who wrote in Hebrew under the pen-name Bat Yosef. ...
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Does someone have a digitalized version of the Chabad's table of interruptions in Prayer?

Almost all Chabad sidurim has a table in the beginning with the places of the tefila and where you can or can't respond amen, baruch hu uvaruch shmo etc depending on where you are in the prayer. Very ...
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40 consecutive days of prayer at the Western Wall

I heard that a Jewish tradition says that praying for 40 consecutive days at the Western Wall ensures the prayer will be answered. Does anyone where the source for this is?
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Asking a Human to Interecede with God

Rambam writes (Hil. Avoda Zara) that it is forbidden to utilize any entity as an intermediary between oneself and God (more accurately that one who does so is a heretic who loses his share in the ...
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Every blessing begins baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam. Why?

For the past half-century, every blessing I have recited has begun with " baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam". Why is this so? When was the phrase created? Was there some rationale behind ...
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Opinion that nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard are the same

I remember hearing an opinion somewhere that nusach Ashkenaz and nusach Sefard (but not real nusach Sfaradi/Edot Hamizrach!) are both basically the same nusach, since they are structurally very ...
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Working and living with Chickens

If my shoes have come in contact with chicken feces through everyday work and there is a lingering smell even after washing them off, although faint it's still apparent to me, can I say brachos?
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“Yotzer Or” procedure

Right after borochu in shacharit there is a bracha “yotzer or uvoreh choshech, oseh shalom uvoreh et ha kol”. Should this bracha be said out loud by the shaliach tzibur? Regardless of whether it ...
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Is there a blessing or prayer for success in work?

I was recently elected to the board of my synagogue and I wanted to add a small prayer or invocation for success at the beginning of the meetings. Does anyone know something appropriate? I was ...
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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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When to sit down when davening

During Shabbat morning davening, we recite Psalm 136 and my siddur has the following instruction, "Most congregations recite the following psalm while standing". So I make sure to stand and then begin ...
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Praying in partial regalia in the Mizrachi/Sephardic Halacha

Is it allowed to Daven with only tefillin and not a tallith if you are Mizrachi/Sephardic jew ? How about with a tallith qatan but not with a tallith gadol while davening?
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Talking during the Shemoneh Esrei

If 2 or more people are talking during the congregation's silent Shemoneh Esrei, are you allowed to and in what way may you silence them? Can you hush or snap at them? Can you interrupt your own ...
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Saying Yaale v'Yavo out loud to remind others during Amida

Some people recite Yaale v'Yavo out loud while saying the Amida prayer, to remind others to say it. This would help others who would have forgotten from having to repeat the entire Shmonei Esrei. Is ...
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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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End of Davening - Al Tira MiPachad Pisom

It seems like (other than Chabad) most people do not say Al Tira at the end of davening - they finish with the end of Aleinu/V'Al Kein. Is this an error or is this intentional? If it is intentional ...
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Silent Amidah when praying without a minyan

If one is davening b'yichidut (praying by oneself), without a minyan, do they need to say the amidah silently or can they say it out loud? Phrased another way, what is the reason for praying the ...
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Can I say the Amidah out loud if it helps my kavanah? [duplicate]

If I am davening at home and it would not be disruptive to others, is there any reason I might be permitted to say the Amidah out loud--for example, if it helped me with my concentration or ...
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Standing at the Bima at Kabalas Shabbos and Yekum Purkan

In some Shul's that I have prayed I have noticed that during Kabalos Shabbos and Yekum Purkan the Chazzan stands at the Bima instead of the Amud. What is the reason for those Shul's that do it this ...
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Using a Mitzvah to Get Prayers Answered

If one prays specifically after performing a Mitzvah, in the hopes that G-d will be more likely to answer their prayer: Is that considered improper, as it is using the Mitzvah for his/her own benefit?...
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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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What is the difference - דעה vs דעת

The words דעה and דעת both seem to come from the same root of לדעת, to know. Is there a difference in meaning between them? The only indication I can think of is the נוסח אשכנז version of the ברכה of ...
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When to take three steps forward

Before beginning Shemoneh Esrei, one takes three steps forward. Should they be taken after the kaddish beforehand is completed, to avoid being mafsik with the Amen? Or should you begin the steps while ...
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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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Leshabeichacha and loseis/latet shevach

Towards the beginning of the נוסח אשכנז version of davening, in the section beginning לעולם יהא אדם ירא שמים, we say as follows: לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות לך ולשבחך ולפארך ולברך ולקדש ולתת שבח ...
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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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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 amidda is not repeated during Ma'ariv [duplicate]

Jews must pray 3 times daily and more or less in each prayer we see common sentence in amidda during weekday but interestingly we find that in arvit during amidda prayer there is no repetition but we ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...