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Take the Yehi Ratzon recited before Hamapil (at least, in my nusach ashkenaz). May one recite it in the mornings, with the rest of his tefillos during Shemoneh Esrei, for instance? Or must it be said at night, in its place in the Siddur?

If your answer is that specifically by this example it can't be moved, although that could contribute to a good answer, it wouldn't be a full answer, as I'm asking about Yehi Ratzon prayers in general, not that one in particular.

  • The Yehi Ratzon that's before Hamapil seems general enough in context to b esaid any time of the day. My shul has a minhag to recite it before the first Selichot. However, in terms of the one before Hamapil, it seems most appropriate to say it at the end of the day, as you're forgiving people who angered you throughout the day and, hopefully, just before you sleep, no one will anger you. (Including your spouse or kids!) If you said it beforehand, there's still a chance that someone would irk you. Please specify which other Yehi Ratzon you mean. There's loads of them around!!! – DanF Apr 21 '17 at 2:38
  • @DanF Exactly. My question is regarding any such Tefillah that, although placed in one place in davening, is written in such a way that it could be said at any other time. Was it designated for that time specifically, or can you say it at any time? – DonielF Apr 21 '17 at 2:40
  • Well many Yehi Ratzon are specifically placed before a mitzvah. There's one before sefirat ha'omer, another before Ushpizin prior to eating your Succah meal, another before shaking the lulav, one before blowing shofar, etc. It wouldn't make sense to move those anywhere else. Can you give examples of others that are unlike these that you thnnk could be moved? – DanF Apr 21 '17 at 2:46
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    what is the hava amina that all is fixed? – kouty Apr 21 '17 at 6:10
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    Saying them at some other time can't be worse than omitting them entirely. This shouldn't be the biggest problem. They arent formal parts of prayer; just nice prayers composed fairly recently. The 'yehi ratson' before hamapil is largely taken from Berakhot 17a as a prayer that Rava said after he prayed. That is; it was not originally associated with the time one goes to sleep. – mevaqesh Apr 21 '17 at 6:10

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