The sages instituted that we bow 5 times during the shemoneh esrei (four times throughout and once at the end).

If one forgot to bow during one of these 5 times, has he still fulfilled his obligation?

  • Why would bowing be meakev?
    – Daniel
    Dec 12 '14 at 18:28
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    @Daniel, that is the question...
    – Ani Yodea
    Dec 12 '14 at 18:30
  • Incidentally, there are 5 required bows.
    – Double AA
    Dec 12 '14 at 18:42
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    I'm asking what the motivation is behind this question. Without a motivation for asking, this question isn't any better than "Can I eat feta cheese with meat?"
    – Daniel
    Dec 12 '14 at 20:31
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    @maimonist Why would a transliterator change "esreh" to "esrei"? The first is more literal, and the second doesn't add anything. I've seen it spelled the second way, but it doesn't change anything, so I can't comprehend the edit.
    – Seth J
    Dec 16 '15 at 22:00

Even if you purposefully didn't bow, you still fulfilled your obligation (Rambam Tefillah 5:1).

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    but you did sin for not bowing down Dec 12 '14 at 19:14
  • @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob that wasn't the question
    – Daniel
    Dec 12 '14 at 20:28
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    @Daniel no bout from what this answer is saying, one can come to think that even if i did not bow on purpose i have fulfilled the obligation of prayer, so therefore i wont bow at all and just fulfill my obligation this way. that is why it should be noted that the obligation is fulfilled but you still sinned for purposefully not bowing Dec 12 '14 at 20:49
  • @mori I don't think anyone will make that mistake
    – Double AA
    Dec 12 '14 at 20:56
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    @DoubleAA people frequent this site who might be looking for halocho and are not educated enough or something along those lines... Dec 12 '14 at 21:43

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