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Questions tagged [prayer-book]

Questions about the various prayer books used by Jews, and the prayers contained therein.

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Is there a siddur for the Jews of Aden?

Do Adenim (Jews from the Yemenite city of Aden) have a nusach and a siddur unique to them?
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Where are we commanded to read the hallel?

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְותָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לִקְרא אֶת הַהַלֵּל You are blessed, O God, our God of the world who hath commanded us his mitzvot to read ...
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Why is Yismach Moshe in the Shabbat Amidah?

On Shabbat morning, the fourth Amidah blessing includes Yismach Moshe: "Moshe rejoiced in the gift of his portion: That You called him a faithful servant. A crown of splendor You placed on his head ...
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What was the order of “Shacharit” in the Bet Hamikdash?

I'm assuming that the majority of the format of the Siddur that we currently have and use did not exist during the time of the 1st Bet Hamikdash. Perhaps, by the 2nd Bet Hamikdash, some items were ...
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Is there an online siddur without vowels / niqqud? [duplicate]

I see that this was asked back in 2012, but perhaps the answer has changed since. Reason: as a personal project of sorts, I am attempting to produce a siddur that uses the (Paleo) Ancient Hebrew ...
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Inconsistent (?) use of B'rachamav in Kaddish

This question deals with the origin of the inclusion of "b'rachamav" in the Kaddish Derabonon/Yatom, and this site gives more history on it. I noticed that the inclusion of the word "b'rachamav" ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

I understand from Chabad's website, as well as my own Rabbi (who is Yeshivish) now that there is a difference between "Sepharad" and "Sepharadi" traditions and siddurs. How do these differ? Who uses ...
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Hebrew-Spanish-Transliterated Siddur, Nusach Ashkenaz

I'm looking for Siddurim for some friends. Nusach Ashkenaz, Hebrew-Spanish-Transliteration. There seem to be quite a few Nusach Sephardi ones available for purchase online (As well there should be!) ...
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poetical works authored by women?

Are there any examples of songs, poems, piyyutim or kinnot from the time of the first temple until the 1700's (c.e.) which were authored by women and were adopted by traditional/orthodox communities. ...
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What is the connection between “sword and … bow” (Genesis 48:22) with “prayer and … supplication” (as rendered by Onkelos)?

What is the connection between "sword and ... bow" (Genesis 48:22) with "prayer and ... supplication" (as rendered by Onkelos)? Verse: וַאֲנִי נָתַתִּי לְךָ שְׁכֶם אַחַד עַל אַחֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר ...
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Size of words in Siddur; from one blessing to the next in the Amidah [duplicate]

I have noticed that some siddurim use different font sizes for different berachot in the Amidah. I initially thought that the larger fonts are used for less frequent parts of the Amidah, to assist the ...
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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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Mah Tovu comparison within the verse

Bamidbar/Numbers 24:5 contains the famous verse which is also recited in the Mah Tovu prayer: How goodly are thy tents, O Ya'akov, thy dwellings, O Yisrael - מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; ...
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Line break before למען ירבו ימיכם

In most of my prayer books there is a line break before למען ירבו ימיכם in the second chapter of the Shema (see also this one from Vilna or Zhytomyr): וְהָיָ֗ה אִם־שָׁמֹ֤עַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־...
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Nikkud for Halleluyah

I was learning to chant Tehillim in Israel last year. The Syrians have a tradition for how to chant psalms and they base their tradition off the Aleppo Codex. In their siddurim, Halleluyah is written ...
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What siddur do the Mountain Jews use?

What siddur do the Mountain Jews use and how does it differ from mainstream Sephardi nusach?
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Shir shel yom — “said” vs “sang”

Why by the shir shel yom does it say "The leviem said" instead of saying "The Leviem sang?"
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Why would one use a Shilling for Terumah?

In my siddur -- Siddur Tefillah Hashalem (Greenwald), page 162 has a text for separating terumah and ma'aser. In the instructions, if my understanding is correct, the text seems to require using a ...
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Chofeitz Chayim's commentary on the siddur

Does anyone know where I can find a siddur with the commentary of the Chofeitz Chayim?
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How does the Siddur Torah Ohr differ from the Siddur Tehilas Hashem?

The most common Chabad siddur is obviously the Siddur Tehilas Hashem (TH), which was first published in Rostov, Russia in 1918. It is used by over 300,000 Chabad families worldwide. However, it's not ...
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Full Kaddish - Titkabel or Titkabal? [duplicate]

There is this line in the full kaddish: ..תתקבל צלותהון but the nikkud in my siddur read Titkabel, while in another it says Titkabal; What's the difference? Which one should be used? .
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Why do we thank G-d for giving the rooster understanding?

In the morning blessings, we thank G-d for various things. We thank Him for "opening the eyes" (poke'ach ivrim), "releasing the bound" (matir asurim), "straightening the bent" (zokef k'fufim), etc. ...
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Why do Ashkenazim recite both “ahavah rabbah” and “ahavat olam” but Sephardim only the latter?

In the paragraph before Kriyat Shema, the Ashkenazic custom is to begin with the words "ahavah rabbah" by Shacharit, and with the words "ahavat olam" by Ma'ariv/Arvit. The Sephardic custom is to ...
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Why is there an Aramaic line after “Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed” in Az Yashir?

Directly after the phrase "Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed" * in the paragraph of Az Yashir in the siddur, the phrase is translated into Aramaic: "Hashem malchutei ka'eim l'alam ul'almei alma". Why is ...
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Why is “Hashem Yimloch L'Olam Va'ed” repeated in Az Yashir?

The phrase "Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed" (G-d will reign forever and ever) is repeated once in the paragraph of Az Yashir in the siddur. Why is this so?
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When were the tefillos formulated?

I have been told that before Galus Bavel the only prayer a Jew was required to pray was the Shema. (And I suppose Birkas HaMazon, as well.) When the Jews were exiled to Bavel, the Anshei Knesses ...
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Font size variation within siddurim

People might write this off as a matter of typeface and nothing more, but why do so many siddurim vary the font size within the tefillos? I used to think that they made the more important tefillos ...
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seeking iOS sidur

I am considering upgrading my iPhone from iOS version 10 to version 11. If I do so, I will lose the use of my current sidur (prayer book) app, which doesn't work on iOS 11. So I'm seeking ...
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Different siddur?

I tried to follow a service with my orthodox Portuguese siddur at a conservative congregation service and I couldn't. What is the difference between a conservative and an orthodox Sidur?
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Evidence of 2nd Temple Liturgy @Temple &/or Synagogue

Friends, I have tried & failed to find really firm documented evidence of 2nd temple period Liturgy used either in Temple services or among the Judean or extra-Judean synagogues. What I find ...
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Are there other Chasidim who omit “Tzur Yisroel” besides Chabad?

This is a follow-up to this question I asked earlier on this site. All Nusach Sfard siddurim I have ever seen, with exception to the Chabad siddur, include the line of Tzur Yisroel, in accordance ...
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Should you say “Mah Tovu” when you daven at home?

There is a widespread custom amongst many to recite "Mah Tovu" upon entering the synagogue.* My question is whether you should recite it when you daven at home. For what it's worth, I daven Nusach ...
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What is כף הכינוי?

In R' Wiesenthal's Siddur Sefas Yisroel, he talks about the כף הכינוי and different opinions about it. But I have no idea what this actually is. So, what is כף הכינוי?
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Siddur for Ḥabbanim?

Do the Ḥabbani Jews from Ḥabban, Yemen, have their own siddur? If so, what is it called? How different is it from other Yemenite Siddurim? Do they follow the Rambam's nusach or a different nusach? ...
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Vihi Noam customs

In my siddur, I noticed when reciting Psalm 91 (for example, Kriyas Shema shel Mitah, Pesukei Dezimra Shabbos morning, Maariv Motzei Shabbos), there are two unusual things indicated: The last verse ...
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What's the story with nezirut Shimshon in hatarat nedarim?

In the standard text of hatarat nedarim, Artscroll has וכל מיני נזירות שקבלתי עלי חוץ מנזירות שמשון Koren has ואפילו נזירות שמשון There are three types of nezirut: nezirut olam, nezirut ...
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Hashem's Name in Hashiva Shofteinu

In the ברכה of השיבה שופטינו, all סידורים that I have seen (including really yekkish ones) have the words "אתה ה' לבדך", all סידורים that is, except the סידור הרוקח. The רוקח does not have Hashem's ...
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Why is no prayer better when there is no Minyan present than praying with less than 10 people?

My family is having a debate right now. We all have different levels of Jewish observance. My mom and I attend Chabad services of which a Minyan is very important. My sister attended services today ...
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Why does the Chabad nusach omit “Tzur Yisroel” before Shemoneh Esrei?

In the bracha right before the Amidah during Shacharis, Nusach Ashkenaz and many variations of Nusach Sefard have: שִׁירָה חֲדָשָׁה שִׁבְּחוּ גְאוּלִים לְשִׁמְךָ עַל שפַת הַיָּם. יַחַד כֻּלָּם ...
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Pre-Rambam Teimani Siddur?

I have been told that Teimanim today use the Nusach of the Rambam. So, what Nusach did they use before him? Does anyone use such a Nusach today? And is there a Siddur of such a Nusach?
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Translation of “Ashrei”

What is the correct translation of "Ashrei"? For ages every siddur translated it as "happy". But in recent decades, Artscroll decided it was "praiseworthy" and Chabad decided it was "fortunate". ...
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Differences between the Yom Kippur service Ashkenaz/Sefard

Follow up question of Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard. Besides the usual differences that differentiate between Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard, such as the different order ...
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Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard

Besides the usual differences that differentiate between Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard, such as the different order of Shacharis, extra words here and there, etc. are there any major differences between ...
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Woman prayer book

If I would like to buy a Siddur or book with prayers specifically written for woman (and about woman related topics) which English-Hebrew book is the best option to go with?
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Pesukim Before Kaddish Tiskabal

In Western European siddurim there are two pesukim before Kaddish Tiskabal. One from במדבר and one from תהלים. They are present in the Rödelheim/Sfas Emes, the Seligman Baer (page 150 in the pdf), and ...
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Why does kedusha text differ sometimes?

In some prayerbooks the Kedusha doesn't start like "Nekadesh et simha..." but like "Nekdisha vonaaricah..." What's the reason for the difference? Also I can see that among the blessings there are ...
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Mesorat Moshe in PDF

I have been seeking a short compact siddur for my travel after Tisha B'av. I've found a siddur that isn't kosher. And I have found the link to the siddur Mesorat Moshe but the link is broken. Someone ...
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Asher Meza's siddur, kosher or not?

it's me again, I am soon going to a travel after Tisha B'av and I am searching for a concise siddur so I can daven fastly. I found a really concise siddur called "ways of torah" made by a ...
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The Nehalel Siddur and the Rema in OC 90:23

The Nehalel Siddur is a Siddur which pictures accompanying prayer text. (Some examples of the pages in the Siddur can be seen here and here). The Rema in Orach Chayim 90:23 says the following: (...
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Adon Olam: “Yetzir” or “Yetzur”?

Aside from the additional lines in the Sephardi version of the piyut, "Adon Olam", I have seen two different variations in the beginning lines of the prayer. In most versions, such as in general ...