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The previous answer does touch on the point that this was a declaration to excuse those placed in cherem (excommunication). See this comprehensive article that discusses the topic as well as how some of the ideas crossed over into the Kol Nidre paragraph that follows in the service. Much of the article has English translation. Feel free to contact me ...


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The shul you were attending seemed to have been following the custom of the Vilna Gaon. Rabbi A Grossman has an article entitled The Vilna Gaon’s Psalms for Special Days. Some extracts: ...the Vilna Gaon was faced with a conflict. Like Maimonides, he believed that the public prayers officially ended with the reader’s full qaddish, what we call ...


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Yes you can. The custom among many Jews, is to say it right when you wake up. Quote from Siddur harav (loosely translated): It's good to get into the habit of saying modeh ani right when to wake up and through this you'll remember G-d who stands over you and you'll get up quickly. So if you wake up before getting dressed, then yes, you can say it before ...


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Laws for Jews regarding minimum clothing to pray, redding shma or say blessings ... (but it might be more respectful to G-d if you are dressed modestly at home even not praying even no one is their and it is dark) In short if you wear underwear (using your hand will not help) that covers your pubic area (and for men to cover their heads) it is enough (for ...


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This article says: The prayer probably dates from medieval times; its authorship is unknown. The hazzanim of nineteenth century Eastern Europe added drama to their recitations of the prayer by approaching the bimah from the rear of the synagogue as they chanted. A story is told of Hazzan Joseph Altshul of Slonim. His choir would stand on ...


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there is no such quote in the chovos halevavos. the following I believe is the closest. perhaps your quote is an interpretation of it part 8 ch.3 You should know, my brother, that our aim in prayer is only the longing of the soul to G-d, its submitting before Him, elevating its Creator, praising and thanking to His Name, and casting all of its ...


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Regarding the 1st bracha, Chonen Hada'at, see answers to this question. The focus and title of the question is different, but I think the answers, there, address your question. If not, please inform me. Regarding the 2nd bracha "Selach Lanu", Excerpting some ideas from this article: Nusach Eretz Yisra'el does not have the word "Chanun" at the ending. This ...


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Actually, there are types of people placed in חרם, or excommunication for certain crimes, such as not listening to the orders of a בית דין, or Jewish court. This excommunication prohibits almost every type of social interaction, including praying together. However, as Yom Kippur is the day of atonement and retuning to G-d, a special exemption is made for ...


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See pp. 159 - 160 of this book. He states that R. Isaac Luria instituted the threefold repetition.


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I think the phrase you are looking for is חֹן בינה לרופא - grant wisdom to the Doctor. You can find a prayer containing these words - with vowels - on page 1058 of the Hertz Siddur - available here. אנא יי רופא כל בשר • רחם עלי וסעדני בחסדך הגדול על ערש דוי : שלח לי תרופה ותעלה בתוך שאר חולי בניך: רפא את מכאבי וחדש כנשר נעורי: חֹן בינה לרופא ...


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The Ben Ish Chai says the problem is the bad smell. He therefore says one is allowed to pass gas if he knows it will not smell.


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The Alshich (B'midbar 14:20) says that he heard in the name of the Sefer Livnas HaSapir that the intent of the Gemara is not that one recite the attributes, but rather to perform them ourselves.


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Loewian already cited Talmud Brachot that explains the source for citing it 3 times daily. However this Beurei Hatefilah article cites several commentaries that state that it really should be cited once daily. I don't want to occupy space here pasting an excerpt, as it's tangential to the O.P.'s question. Pnei Yehoshua on Brachot 4b says: Rabbi Eleazar ...


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I've heard a few Rabbis mention in their drashos that focusing on nedarim and how careful we must be with our words brings the message home how powerful our words really are. This gets us in the right frame of mind to put our words to good use in prayer for the next 25 hours.



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