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Bowing at the end of Modim deRabanan

An answer tangentially mentions that there are those who say that one should also bow at the end of the Modim deRabanan. This is mentioned in Orach Chayim 127:1, and its foremost proponent seems to be ...
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What is the source for bowing during 'zeh el zeh v'amar"?

I have searched, and seen some type of questions related to this. However, I have seen no sources. I figured I would ask: does anyone know of any sources for bowing during 'zeh el zeh v'amar"? ...
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Is "taking a knee" prohibited

Is it prohibited to perform "taking a knee" for Black Lives Matter? The question is about the action of taking the knee itself, not to support or rejection of the movement or its ideas. ...
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Bowing when davening outside

If one is davening outside, and one says aleinu* and wishes to bow, should one change how he bows? I have seen (h/t Harel13) it written that, when one says Birchat Hachama, one should bow to the ...
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Outdoor prayer facing rainbow

Berakhot 59a אמר רבי אלכסנדרי אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי הרואה את הקשת בענן צריך שיפול על פניו שנאמר כמראה הקשת אשר יהיה בענן וגו׳ ואראה ואפל על פני לייטי עלה במערבא משום דמחזי כמאן דסגיד לקשתא אבל ברוכי ...
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(In the choice of people that was made in the Gideon story), why were those who bowed down upon their knees to drink water rejected? Judges 7:5-6

Is there anything wrong with bowing down upon the knees to get anything (fulfill a need, even a basic need as drink water is)(given that you can do it by avoiding the "bowing down upon your knees" ...
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Why not bend the knees in Alenu?

This OU source and dinonline say to bow at the waist in Alenu starting with the phrase "ve'anachnu kore'im" but not to bend the knees. Why not bend the knees for this phrase, given that it means just ...
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What is the source for this idea about the deeper meaning of bowing/prostrating one's self?

I seem to remember hearing an idea that the significance of bowing/prostrating oneself is that a human being differs from all other elements of creation in that a human being stands erect and walks on ...
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Can a Chazzan move in Mussaf on Y"K?

In Mussaf on Yom Kippur, there is a practice of prostration at various points. The Ramo writes in O"C 621:4 הגה ונוהגין ליפול על פניהם כשאומרים והכהנים והעם וגם בעלינו לשבח But, he goes on to ...
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Prostrating with tefillin

I have heard many times that one cannot let tefillin touch the floor. However, it's known that the original Jewish practice was to bow and prostrate on the floor. How was one able to do this without ...
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Binyomin didn't bow to Eisav

The Torah Temimah to Bereishis 32 #9, in order to answer a different question, cites the "Aggados", that the Beis Hamikdash was built in the portion of Binyomin because he was the only one of the sons ...
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What is the purpose of the bowing in the Amidah?

We bow in the Amidah as it says in Sh O, O Ch 113 (1) These are the blessings at which we bow: In the Shemoneh Esrei at the prayer of Avot and at the end, In Modim in the beginning and at the ...
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Is bowing at the end of lecha dodi considered Avodah Zarah?

Someone recentley asked me if bowing at the end of lecha dodi is considered Avodah Zarah, since we are bowing to the Shabbat Malkah and not to Hashem. I responded that it is like the way we used to ...
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Facing east by Barchu and Modim

I was never taught to do this one way or another, but as I got older I noticed that most people seem to be particular about facing eastward when answering/bowing for Barchu and Modim. Are there any ...
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Taking three steps back after every Kaddish

The reasons for taking three steps back and bowing in different directions after one's personal Shemoneh Esreh and for the Chazan towards the end of Kaddish Tiskabbel are provided by poskim (see ...
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Why did Mordechai not stand before Haman?

I understand that (one of) the reason(s) that Mordechai did not bow before Haman was that Haman wore an idol around his neck and therefore bowing to him would (appear to?) be bowing before an idol. ...
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Kneeling for graduation ceremony?

I am about to graduate from university in England. One of the graduation ceremony traditions is to kneel on both knees in front of a seated master of ceremonies and place one's hands in between his in ...
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prayer rugs or mats

a discussion came up regarding prostration during prayer, it was explained to me that although prostration is not always forbidden, that the use of 'prayer mats or rugs' is assur. It was also ...
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Bowing toward the right in Aleinu leshabei'ach

I read in the book The Rebbe that the Satmar Rebbe ztl had the custom to bow specifically toward the right at ve'anachnu kore'im but I can't find any sources to this minhag. It's certainly a ...
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Kedushah during silent Shemoneh Esrei

I've heard that if you've finished Sim Shalom (or Shalom Rav) when the Chazzan reaches Kedushah, you should say Kedushah with the Minyan. If you do say Kedushah, should you bow at Zeh Elzeh Vi'amar ...
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How to bow when saying "Bo i kalla" [duplicate]

During kaballat shabbat we sang lekha dodi and in the last stanza we bow and say the following: "bo i kala". Here, we bow to left and right. Some bow right to left and other left to right. Now I'm ...
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Is it really forbidden to bow more than 4 times a day?

I heard from a Rabbi that the G'mara brings that you can't bow more than 4 times in a day. But how could this be true if one bowes multiple times in the Amidah, and one says Amidah three times a day? ...
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What is the correct bowing order?

In the end of the Amidah, in Ose Shalom, we bow to one side, to the other side and to the front, this is also done in the end of Lecha Dodi. I've always done this starting with left and then right (in ...
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Bowing at borechu with the shaliach tzibbur

I've seen some people bowing at the same time as the shaliach tzibbur while he's saying "borechu" and then bowing again after for boruch hashem etc. What is the source of the practice for this first ...
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Custom of standing when a tzaddik passes by

I am asking this question in light of a situation I witnessed recently: When the senior rabbi of our shul--a very righteous man who was keeping his wife's yahrzeit that night--walked past the ...
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Why don't Jews fully prostrate themselves? [duplicate]

The Muslims in prayer prostrate themselves completely 5 times a day. Why don't Jews prostrate as well? Surely it shows more honour towards Hashem if one would bow down properly rather than a slight ...
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Sigd prostration

Would prostration pose a halachic problem for a non-Ethiopian Jew who decides to participate in Sigd? Clearly the worshipers are prostrating themselves to none other than the One Jewish God. Is the ...
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Are you yotzei yedei chovah if you forgot to bow during shemoneh esrei?

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?...
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Gender in Vayishlach 33:6-7

In Vayishlach (Bereishis 33:6-7), Yaakov's wives and children bow to Esav. With regard to the maidservants and their sons, the verse states וַתִּשְׁתַּחֲוֶיןָ - in the feminine, whereas by Leah and ...
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Choreography of Kaddish

I have seen a number of different customs of when people bow or sway or bob or whatnot during Kaddish. Some of the people I have witnessed have been very knowledgeable, and I assume they weren't just ...
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Should you bow and take steps back during a prayer you are not reciting?

For prayers where you are only listening, or responding "Amen" (for example, for Kaddish, or the chazzan's repetition of the Amidah) should you do the traditional bows and steps backward for that ...
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V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?

At the beginning of Kedusha, the Chazzan says v'kara zeh el zeh v'amar. I've seen three types of chazzanim with regard to bowing left at the first zeh and right at the second: bow left and right at ...
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Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king?

Can one bow before a king? Can one bow to a statue of a king? For example, if one is visiting North Korea, may one bow to the statues as shown in this picture? Note that they are not fully ...
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Why does the Chazzan bow when saying "Gadlu" holding the Torah?

There's a widespread custom for the Chazzan to bow, facing the ark, when reciting "Gadlu" with the Torah before carrying it away. The Aruch Hashulach (282:1) says that one should do this, but doesn't ...
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When Do We Finish Bowing in the Aleinu?

I have two siddurim, both of which have an indication referring to the beginning of a bow, but neither of which reference when to end this bow. At present I just end it whenever the translated ...
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Should the Chazan bow when reciting Kaddish (even before "Oseh Shalom...")? If so, when? [duplicate]

The Chazan bows 3 times when reciting "Oseh Shalom..." At the beginning of Kaddish should he bow as well? And if so, when? Occasionally I've seen a Chazan or two bow, but the vast majority don't.
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Which way does one turn first when saying the Oseh Shalom Bimromav?

Must one bow to the left first, then bow to the right...or can one bow to the right first, then to the left when saying the Oseh Shalom Bimromav? Also, is there a difference regarding the direction ...
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Why is future tense used in Esther 3:2?

In Megillas Esther 3:2 we are told: וּמָרְדֳּכַי--לֹא יִכְרַע, וְלֹא יִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה. Why is this sentence in future tense? Why does it not it say לא כרע ולא השתחוה, in the past tense?
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Bowing during kedusha

Today at Mincha, the Shaliach tzibbur bowed for each word of Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh, to the left, right, and then center, as we do at the end of Shemoneh Esrei. I have never seen that before. Is there ...
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Why bow where we do in sh'mone esre?

Based on the Bavli (B'rachos 34), Shulchan Aruch (OC 113) rules that we must bow at the start and end of the first and penultimate b'rachos of sh'mone esre (or amida). This is the general practice, ...
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Bowing during 'Aleinu

Are we required to bow during the 'Aleinu prayer when reciting the line starting with ״ואנחנו כורעים״? If there are differing halakhic rulings or customs, which I assume there are, their sources ...
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Should women also be bowing down on yom kippur

During the mussaf on the high holy days we bow down to the floor. Do women also have this minhag. Did they also bow down in the temple when it was standing on hearing the kohen godol say the shem.
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High Holy Days silent musaf: do we bow at וַאֲנַחְנוּ כֹּרעִים ומִשְׁתַּחֲוִים?

In the musaf amidah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we say the Oleinu prayer. This is also said towards the end of most services when there is a custom to bow when saying וַאֲנַחְנוּ כֹּרעִים ...
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As righteous as Joshua Son of Nun?

After reading some questions posted on here I found my self reviewing Hilkhoth Tefilah, mainly the halakha of the amidah. While reading i noticed something that I have read countless times yet never ...
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When was the bending of the knees in bowing introduced?

The Gemara in Berachos 12a says that we bow at Baruch and we straighten at Hashem. Nowadays the familiar practice is to bend the knee at Baruch, to bow at Atah, and to straighten at Hashem, as stated ...
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Onkelos on Deut. 4:19

In Devarim 4:19, Onkelos translates ונדחת as ותטעי and והשתחוית as ותסגוד. First, what exactly is he trying to convey with ותטעי? I think of טעות as "whoops", and hopefully there's no serious damage, ...
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Bowing to the floor on Yom Kippur

When you bow down completely to the floor on Yom Kippur many people place something on the ground so that they are not bowing directly on the ground. Why? What is the halachic basis for this? If ...
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Bowing for oseh shalom

Why do we bow for oseh shalom in shmoneh esre and kaddish? There are two parts to this: What is the relationship between bowing in general and oseh shalom? What does each direction in which we bow ...
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Why is it customary to bow at certain points when saying kaddish?

It is customary to bow at certain points when saying kaddish. The link is to a chabad site and I have seen bowing in other communities as well. At first sight (excuse pun) it appears to be a visual ...
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Is kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu an idolatry (Avoda Zarah)?

I am exercising at Kung Fu's dojo and wonder whether kneeling and bowing down is an idolatry (Avodah Zarah)? The floor has soft mats. The reason explained to me is that it's done as a form of greeting ...
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