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Maariv, מעריב (also spelled Ma'ariv, known as Arvit) is a Jewish prayer service held in the evening.

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What does the hazzan say before mourners kaddish during mincha/arvit?

I have to lead arvit for my grandmother’s memorial on Wednesday. I know before mourners Kaddish is recited at the beginning of davening, the hazzan says a sentence that ends with something like “......
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Why is Hashkiveinu not considered a hefsek between Ga'al Yisra'el and the Amidah (Chabad)?

Read this first: Veshameru in Chabad siddur TL;DR Many recite Veshamru (Shemot 31:16) before the Amidah in the Friday night Ma'ariv service. The custom in Chabad, however, is to not recite this ...
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why do we say Hashem hoshia… 3 times in korbanot?

Why in Korbanot and by Arvit do we say the passuk of Hashem hoshia…, Hashem tzvaot ashrei…, and Hashem tzvaot emanu… three times?
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When did Ma'ariv stop becoming 'optional'?

It's a bit of fun Jewish trivia that Ma'ariv was originally 'optional' (see for example here, and Halachic ramifications of its' original optionality here), but at some point became 'accepted' by ...
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Mogein Ovos and Veshomru - kahal then chazan

Are there any mekoros/reasons as to why many siddurim say that Veshomru (on Friday night after Hashkiveinu) and Mogein Ovos (in brocho mei'ein sheva) should be said by the congregation first and then ...
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Can an individual do both Mincha and Maariv before dark on the same day?

It is commonly said one cannot daven both Mincha and Maariv before dark, on account that after Pelag haMinchah there is a dispute in the Gemara if it is time for this or for that [clarification ...
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Maariv Motzoei Shabbos. Origin of the minhag not to say the verses of “Kedusha Desidra” aloud

The Oruch HaShulchan O. Ch. 132 (1) points out that Chazal did not institute to say “kedusha” at Maariv. Indeed we do not say “kedusha” at Maariv; but on Motzoei Shabbos we do say ואתה קדוש וכ׳ in ...
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Why say V'Hu Rachum at Ma'ariv only when saying Barchu?

Siddurim usually print Psalms 78:38 and 20:10 (V'Hu Rachum) before Barchu at the beginning of the evening service. It is my understanding that it is desirable to begin a service with a psalm as ...
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Which minyanim light Chanuka candles?

In addition to the lighting at home, Chanuka candles are lit in shul to publicize the miracle, with the brachot (O"C 671:7). Which minyanim do this? All maariv minyanim in the shul(*)? Just a ...
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Does one have to pray arvit during a very short night on a plane?

When flying from the US to Europe (especially in the summer) one often takes off before the time for arvit has arrived and only a few short hours later the sun already rises over Europe. For practical ...
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Latest time to say Maariv

When is the latest time one can daven Maariv/Arvit? Is there a divergence between the letter of the law and an ideal time (לכתחילה/בדיעבד)?
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Origin of saying Adon Olam or Yigdal at end of prayers

In many Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, there is a minhag to say either Adon Olam or Yigdal at the end of Shabbat / Yom Tov Ma'ariv and many say Adon Olam at the end of Musaph. What's the reason / origin of ...
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Is it OK to say Havdala before Arvit?

Is it 100% permissible lechatchila to say Havdala before arvit on Motzae Shabbat or Yom Tov, if one is going to pray arvit late, for example, if one wants to go to a distant synagogue from his house? ...
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Chantation or singing Baruch Adonai L'Olam

Within the prayer Baruch Adonai L'Olam (Maariv) there is this part reading ברוך יי ביום ברוך יי בלילה ברוך יי בשכבנו ברוך יי בקומנו what I would like to know it there is some melody to sing or ...
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Chazan waiting for individual with yahrtzeit

If there are 10 individuals finished maariv shmone esrei, should/must the chazan wait for the mourner with a yahrtzeit to finish davening? (Assuming there is no particular rule for the shul) Is there ...
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Is there any opinion that permits davening Maariv before plag

I davened at a shul this morning that announced mincha at 5:30pm with maariv following immediately after. Plag mincha is around 6:45pm today. I pointed this out to the gabbai and he said that there is ...
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What is the definition of “She'at Hadchak” regarding mincha and ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer discusses the various opinions of whether one can daven Mincha and follow it with Ma'ariv immediately afterwards when one began mincha after plag. (Note that this wasn't the subject ...
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Holding Tzitzis for Maariv [duplicate]

Why do we hold and kiss the tzitzis for "vayomer Hashem" in Kriyas Shema during Shacharis but not during Maariv? I have never seen a siddur that instructs you to do so during Maariv.
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Why do we say “Mah Tovu” in the morning only?

Many say the paragraph “Mah Tovu” when entering the synagogue in the morning. See, for example, here and here. מַה טּבוּ אהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקב מִשְׁכְּנתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל. וַאֲנִי בְּרב חַסְדְּךָ אָבא ...
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recitation of vihi noam on tisha bav

Why when tisha bav falls out on motzaei shabbat is vihi noam not recited? Why should tisha bav cause us to not recite vayehi noam?
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Starting Maariv with Shir Hamaalos

I've found that in chassidish shuls (at least in London and Manchester, UK) that they always do one of the Shir hamaalos and a Kaddish before starting maariv with והוא רחום. Is there a source and ...
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Grace before maariv motzae Shabas?

I generally eat s'uda sh'lishis between mincha and maariv, and have been reciting birkas hamazon at night, after maariv. One who does so (and says havdala in the amida of maariv) does not recite the ...
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Answering Amen to Baruch Hashem L'Olam in Ma'ariv

There are different practices regarding inserting the 18 verses of Baruch Hashem L'Olam between the Sh'ma and the Amida in Ma'ariv. This site points to one reason for not saying them: The rishonim ...
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Ma'ariv vs. Arvit - when did these terms first appear?

I have seen two terms used to refer to the evening prayer Ma'ariv and Arvit. If I recall correctly, Arvit seems to be the more common Talmudic term esp. in Talmud Brachot. Ma'ariv is used near the ...
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Why are different terms used for “remembrance” of creation?

At the end of the Magen Avot prayer, commonly recited in shul Friday night, the last few words end in the phrase, לעם מדושני עונג זכר למעשה בראשית However, in the nighttime Kiddush, the phrase is:...
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Wrong ending of last blessing after Shema on Friday night

The various codes I have read often discuss if a person makes an error when saying various parts of the Amidah (seasonal or holiday based changes or insertions) and birkat hamazon, but the Shulchan ...
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After Yom Kippur, are there regular weekday Maariv services?

After one goes to shacharit, mincha, yizkor, n'ilah services on Yom Kippur, there is a festive meal in the form of a break-fast. Are there still normal weekday maariv services afterwards, and would it ...
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Maariv After Bedtime Shema

Many a time I realize that I have forgotten to say Maariv in midst of reciting the bedtime Shema. Halachic Question: Is one permitted to Daven Maariv after saying ברוך המפיל?
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Explain beginning of “Magen Avot”

During the Friday night service, there is a short paragraph that begins: מגן אבות בדברו My translation: "The shield of the fathers, with his saying" What does the term בדברו mean in this context? ...
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Unknown barechu on Friday Asarah Beteiveit

I've been thinking about this for a while, and this question reminded me. If you're walking past a shul between plag and shkiya on Friday Asarah Beteiveit and you hear Barechu but don't know if it ...
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Is davening a “late” mincha in contradiction with counting an “early” sefira?

According to what Halichipedia states: According to most poskim, it is correct to wait until Tzet Hakochavim in order to count sefirat haomer; however, one fulfills his obligation by ...
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Saying Hallel Before Nightfall on the First Night of Pesach

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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Why did people not go to Shul at Yom Tov by night?

The sages instituted the Bracha MeEin Sheva on Friday night because shuls were located in the field and if someone would be late to minyan, he'd be endangered by having to walk home alone. On a ...
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Is a woman allowed to pray maariv? [duplicate]

I have heard that, according to the letter of the law, women only need to pray once a day (usually shachris). Some women add an additional prayer which is usually mincha. If a woman desired to, could ...
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On a “minor fast day” must one daven Maariv before eating once the fast is over?

Can a person eat once a fast is over and daven Maariv at a later time after eating? or is it a requirement to say Maariv prior to breaking one's fast?
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Davening Riddle [closed]

With variations in the jewish calendar, how is it possible to daven maariv on nine consecutive nights and every shemoneh esrei is different from the other eight? Example: Thurs nite is a weekday, ...
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Time for evening prayer when flying eastward over Greenland and the sun doesn’t set?

(This is the “return" question for my question on the right time for shaharis when encountering sunrise twice in a day) In the summer, when flying from the East Coast to Tel Aviv on an afternoon ...
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Why is the beracha Me'ein Sheva omitted on the first night of Pesach?

My Artscroll siddur says that the beracha Me'ein Sheva is omitted when the first night of Pesach falls on Shabbat. I have seen this in other siddurim as well. What is the reason for not saying the ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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Alarm clock in place of a shomer

There is an idea that one can an appoint a shomer (guard) to daven maariv (shma) and some achronim extend this idea to lighting the menorah. What this does is allows one to do work and eat something ...
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Missing “ Borechu ” by Maariv

If one misses ברכו at מעריב , should he rush his שמונה עשרה in order to say it after Davening ?
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Saying Birkas Hamazon after leaving your house

If one leaves his house to daven Ma'ariv before he Bentched (Birkas Hamazon) and then comes back home , may he Bentch then
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Saying Va'yechulu with a woman

The Mishna Brurah 268:19 writes that one should say va'yachulu with two people minimum since there are those who hold you can't say it by yourself (he does note that one can read by himself if done as ...
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Saying sim shalom in maariv shmoneh esrei

If one said sim shalom in the maariv shmoneh esrei instead of shalom rav what should he do? What happens in the reverse case if one said shalom rav at shaachris, does he fulfill his shmoneh esrei?
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Davening Ma'ariv Early on Friday Night [duplicate]

How is it that we can daven Ma'ariv early before Shkia on Friday night when bringing Shabbos early? Differently then the rest of the week? People that usually daven after tzais hakochavim during ...
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Why no ashrei in maariv?

Why no ashrei in maariv, despite its importance? Also, why in shacharit twice? (Perhaps these are related questions.)
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response to barachu vs candles, in bringing shabbat in early?

I understand how it can be that lighting candles bring in shabbat. But I don't understand how responding to Barachu(or any part of the davening) can bring in or be used to bring in shabbat. I can ...
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Semichath ge'ulah l'tfilah by Maariv with a minyan

The gemara in Brachoth emphasizes the importance of semichat ge'ulah l'tefilla (adjoining redemption to prayer): דאמר ר' יוחנן איזהו בן העולם הבא זה הסומך גאולה לתפלה של ערבית... ... For R' ...
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Why are different Biblical verses used for Shacharit & Ma'ariv between “Hashem Yimloch” and the Bracha “Ga'al Yisra'el”?

The bracha after Kri'at Shema for both Shacharit and Ma'ariv have the phrase מי כמוכה followed by a short paragraph then י-י ימלוך Between the verse י-י ימלוך and the concluding bracha גאל ישראל we ...
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Can a mistaken extra Mincha count for Ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer states that one can daven Mincha until the stars appear. This answer states that it is also the earliest time to daven Ma'ariv. Someone enters a shul which gets a late start on ...