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The Amidah is said three times a day during weekdays, four on Shabbat, and I believe a fifth time during Yom Kippur. Plus there are the repetitions of the Amidah that are said by the Chazen.

For an observant Jew, how many times would that person say or hear the Amidah in a single year?

  • You are assuming that the person goes to synagogue for every prayer service? Even then, I'm not sure that there can be a single number as the number of days of Rosh Chodesh for certain months changes from year to year, and as there is a 4th Amida on Rosh chodesh, the addition of a day would change the count for that year. Also, you would have to say if you mean in Israel or not. – rosends Oct 11 at 13:44
  • Even if there is not a single number, I would be interested in knowing the range of times that this prayer is said. The sheer number (which I suspect is well over 1000 is itself remarkable. – Elliott Oct 11 at 13:51
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    another variable would be leap years -- more weeks means more shabbatot – rosends Oct 11 at 13:54
  • @elliot if you just want a quick estimate, then ~5.25 average times per day (counting repetition) for about 370 days is about 2k. – Double AA Oct 11 at 13:57
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Assuming a 385 day maleh leap year in Diaspora and no Torah portions doubled which would yield 54 Shabbatot.

Every day of the year has, Ma'ariv, Shacahrit and Mincha. Including both silent & repetitions you get 5 Amidot per day.

385 * 5 = 1,1925

Add an extra 2 for the days of Musaph: 54 Shabbatot + 20 days Rosh Hodesh + 22 Yom Tov = 96 days * 2 Amidot = 192

  • Ne'ilah = another 2

Total 1,925 + 192 + 2 = 2,119. However, within this count, 2 of the Shabbatot occur during a Yom Tov, and I've included that in the Yom Tov count, so, I'm subtracting 2 Musaphim.

So, your total is 2,117. If I have calculated incorrectly, please update.

This is for a year with such configuration and only in Diaspora. In Israel, the count is less, regular years would be at least 30 days less (depends on year type), and of course, the kevi'ah will influence how many Shabatot there are in the year.

(DoubleAA wasn't that far off!)

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    Are you double counting Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashannah? – Silver Oct 11 at 17:20
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    @Silver I did this in Excel, and I'm viewing it now. I listed all the months starting from Cheshvan, not Tishre. So, in short, no. – DanF Oct 11 at 17:22
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    what about Shabbos Rosh Chodesh? – Silver Oct 11 at 17:23
  • Why do you double-count Mussaf and Neilah? – DonielF Oct 11 at 18:04
  • @DonielF I don't think I double counted. I added an extra 2 for Neilah only. That is an extra 2 Amidot that occur only on Yom Kippur. – DanF Oct 11 at 18:22

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