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The choices you bring are not the one's mentioned in Halacha. Here's an overview of what the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch brings: Teshuva & Prayer See סימן קכז - הלכות תענית יחיד in the Kitzur: כְּשֵׁם שֶׁמִּצְוָה עַל הַצִּבּוּר לְהִתְעַנּוֹת וּלְהִתְפַּלֵּל עַל כָּל צָרָה שֶׁלֹּא תָבוֹא, כָּךְ מִצְוָה עַל כָּל יָחִיד שֶׁאִם בָּאָה עָלָיו חַס וְשָׁלוֹם ...


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I don't think so. I was studying in Israel when I found myself in that situation and asked one of the rabbis (don't remember which) then present at the Shalom Hartman Institute, who advised me to pray my own words from my heart. (I did, and made it home in time without adding to my pet's suffering.) I modeled what I said loosely on the various conclusions ...


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Not that I'm aware of. But Jewish law traditionally has a high value on concern for animals' pain. So perhaps something like: Almighty God, Whose mercy is on all His creatures; You commanded us not to stand idly by when a donkey is suffering from a crushing burden, and thus it's heartbreaking for us to see our pet suffer like this. We beseech You to ease ...


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In my shul in Montreal, the list of names of the sick is growing all the time. It seems to me that we should do the mi shehbayrach for those who are sick today or very recent, and those who are having an operation. However, those who are chronically sick, should be reduced to perhaps once a week. This is one solution. Another solution would be to divide ...



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