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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim סימן צד - צריך לכון נגד ארץ ישראל, ודין הרוכב או יושב בספינה If you're facing the wrong way, then turn your head towards the correct direction. ב אִם מִתְפַּלֵּל לְרוּחַ מִשְּׁאָר רוּחוֹת, יְצַדֵּד פָּנָיו לְצַד אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל אִם הוּא בְּחוּץ לָאָרֶץ; וְלִירוּשָׁלַיִם, אִם הוּא בְּאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְלַמִּקְדָּשׁ, אִם הוּא ...


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Thanks for the link to the Hebrew text - it just came in very handy! Let me add that Galaski's translation is indeed in the JPS-published anthology Trees, Earth, and Torah, edited by Ari Elon; I own a paper copy but have also been able to access the whole of that section on Google Books.


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The Shulchan Aruch says that one should not answer to kaddish or kedusha in the middle of amidah. He says that one should stop praying, listen and lechaven and that will be as though one answered. In Pninei Halacha Rabbi Eliezer Melamed brings sources that some say that doing so would constitute a hefsek. His conclusion is that one should wait and listen, ...


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I think the answer is in your words, and that your assumption that "the smichut is not geulah based in mincha" is not accurate. It is true that the main and important smichut is in the morning prayers, but as the Shulchan Aruch says (92, 2): לא יעמוד להתפלל אלא באימה והכנעה לא מתוך שחוק וקלות ראש ודברים בטלים ולא מתוך כעס אלא מתוך שמחה כגון דברי תנחומין ...



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