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how do you get your "inner most being to want to serve Him out of love, respect, etc. so that your whole being is acting"? - one primary way is through prayer as Rabeinu Bahye writes in Duties of the Heart (Gate 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 ...


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Hisbodedus means to seclude. One secludes himself psychologically. In the Breslov tradition this opens one up to an expieience of Hashem the purpose of davening is similar to a mantra to help ones focus and clearing of the mind. See R Aryeh Kaplan's book jewish meditation. Hisbonenus comes from binah, to understand. In the chabad teachings the order goes ...


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I heard that Rav Chaim Kanievsky holds that one should take the steps sideways or on a diagonal. I personally saw the Chazan in his shul take three steps back on a diagonal that was nearly sideways.


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I am condensing some ideas from a long wikipedia article on this topic. There are various ideas of how to apply these terms, so you should read the article further. According to Chaba"d philosophy The word "hisbonenut" derives from the Hebrew word Binah (lit. understanding) and refers to the process of understanding through analytical study I ...


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Any Mo'ed (besides for Chanuka and Purim, which were made later) gets Ya'aleh Veyovo. A Mo'ed is a spiritual time in which we are naturally and invited to become closer to Hashem. The words of Ya'aleh Veyovo represent a prayer that we (or some aspect of us) be able to go up the 7 levels of Shamayim, each being a level closer to Hashem (taught by Rabbi M ...


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This link from the OU lists synagogues that are handicapped accessible.


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[Collected from the writings of Ha-Rav Aviner] Tachanun on Erev Yom Ha-Atzmaut It is proper to recite Tachanun at Minchah of Erev Yom Ha-Atzamaut, as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has decreed this day "Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Tzahal," which is a day of mourning.[1] [1]Iturei Cohanim #97, Shut She'eilat Shlomo 3:147, Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi ...


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This is impossible to answer since we do not know where you daven or what kind of speed they daven at. My experience has been that in shuls that are "frummer" i.e. higher percentages of people who are serious about Torah and mitzvos, people take longer to daven, especially on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Where I daven the silent prayer on Rosh Hashana can ...


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Praying does not require speed - it requires Kavana - focus, concentration and meaning. I'm not sure why you should feel embarrassed in any way. Contrarily, if the majority finishes a long time before you, it could mean that they were speeding and had no or minimal kavanah. Besides, on Yom Kippur, you have an entire day to be in shul. Where are you and ...


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One finds swaying both in the context of prayer and Torah study. Since the reasons may be connected, I will discuss both. To paraphrase On the Mainline: The first source is critical...The first source is a poem of Shemuel Ha-naggid. In this poem he is criticizing the degeneration of Torah study...As an example of their lack of orderliness he mentions their ...


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In Pitum HaKetoret, the "למה" is the "regular" "למה", meaning "why". However, according to R' Ovadia from Bartenura, the "ולמה" in Orla means "ובמה", i.e. "in which case" (and not "and why"). Therefore, to explain how R' Ovadia's reading sits well with the text, the Tosfot Yom Tov explains that the "ולמה" isn't the "regular" "למה" (with a kamatz under the ...


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According to http://www.aishdas.org/asp/shalom-rav it is partly based on Nusach Bavel vs Nusach Eretz Yisrael Two variants of Shalom Rav were found in the Cairo Geniza. Given the similarities between Cairo and Israeli nusachos, it is assumed to have been the Nusach Eretz Yisrael in the days of the tannaim and Israeli amora’im. Another indication ...


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Actually, tipcha is a bigger break than tevir, and even bigger than revii (even though many people don't read it that way). The side of the Tikkun Simanim points out places where it makes a difference to the meaning. One major case is in Reeh 12:2. A more recent place, where it's simpler to see the meaning although I don't think the Simanim says anything ...



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