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The week day Shmoneh Esrei prayer has a series of requests during which we ask Hashem for many of our needs. In my siddur (Tefilla Hashalem) there is a subtle change made in the texts of 1 of the brachot, adding in a word not found in my Artscroll.

In the prayer for the righteous (al hatzadikkim) my siddur reads "יהמו נא רחמיך" while the Artscroll omits the "na."

In the siddur Shiloh, that "na" is present as is one in the prayer for redemption (re'ei), "ראה נא בענינו" which is missing from both my siddur and the Artscroll.

I understand that the texts are sometimes variable, though I'm used to seeing shifts only in v'lamalshinim, but my question is not about these local changes. I am wondering, why is the presence of "please" so infrequent? Is there something special about these blessings that would mandate saying please? Isn't that something that should be in our every request? Should we say please when we ask for healing or intelligence or the arrival of a Moshiach?

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    FTR Some versions of Artscroll have נא present in both of those locations. I believe that is the case in the Yitzchak Yair HaShalem version (the all-Hebrew one), but I don't have it with me right now. – Daniel Feb 13 at 19:09
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    Technically נא means “now” rather than “please,” conveying a sense of urgency rather than politeness in the request. – DonielF Feb 13 at 19:14
  • You can extend the question to bracha 11, 13, 17 for , for נא, for ,במהרה . In the current nusach sfard there are several na and numbers, mehera – kouty Feb 13 at 20:47
  • I revise my previous comment, as evidence contradicts me. It's there in Machzor Vitry, at some places it's there in R' Emden's siddur, while in others it's omitted. R' Heidenheim consistently omits them. See also רחם-נא in the three faceted blessing. – Kazi bácsi Feb 13 at 20:57
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    @DonielF the Artscroll (Ahavat Shalom edition) says (page 727) that it means "please" so I'm relying on that, for better or worse. – rosends Feb 13 at 21:34

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