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Questions tagged [shemoneh-esrei]

Literally "eighteen". Also called the "Amidah". The prayer consisting of 19 blessings, recited three times daily, and four times on Shabbat and Yom-Tov. It forms the backbone of all of the daily prayers.

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Shabbat Amidah, which parts

I am following a wonderful audio to learn the Amidah. It is here on Chabad. I come from an almost non-religious Jewish family and don't really know which prayers to do and so I am following this. ...
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Who is “us” in sh'mone esre?

Most of the amida requests are said in the plural: "forgive us… heal us…". Who's "us"? I'd think it's Jews generally — but in the final benediction we ask for beneficence for "us and ...
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Shacharit Lechatchila

I have heard from a very reliable rav that Rabbi Moshe Feinstein held that the only shacharit lechatchila is vatikin. This means that davening shacharit before sunrise and after sunrise are equally ...
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Why were not all petitionary prayers eliminated on Shabbat? [duplicate]

Jewish teaching is that Shabbat services are for thanks and praise, not for petition [see Berachot Yerushalmi]. That's why the rabbis cut out the middle 13 blessings of the daily Amidah. But we ...
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Is there a requirement for a someone to say the Amidah together with the congregation in a shul when there is no minyan?

I recall reading in O.C. that there is a requirement (or is it a "preference"?) for an individual to pray the silent Amidah together with the congregation in a synagogue. Is this requirement ...
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Is having kavanah me'akev in the verse "Hashem sifatay tiftach ufi yagid tehilatecha?

One must have kavanah (intent/concentration) in the first bracha of Shemoneh Esrei. And if he didn't, he would have to repeat it. See the g'mara in B'rachos 34b: איכא דמתני לה אברייתא: המתפלל צריך ...
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Tenth arrives during or after the silent shemonei esreh - sources

What responsa are there on whether to have chazaras hashatz when the tenth arrives (completing the minyan) during or even after the tefillah b'lachash (silent prayer)?
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On which evening should we start saying “V'tein tal u'matar li'vrachah”? (The ArtScroll siddur disagrees with The Book of Our Heritage.) [duplicate]

If a Jew lives outside of Israel, they should start saying "וְתֵן טַל וּמָטָר לִבְרָכָה" ("And give dew and rain for a blessing") during evening prayers on a certain evening in December. Various ...
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Odd flow in shacharis of Shabas [duplicate]

The central benediction of the morning amida prayer on the sabbath reads as follows (in loose translation): Moses… stood before You on Mt. Sinai. He brought down [from the mountain], by hand,...
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Rain: Geshem or Matar?

We start praising Hashem for rain on Shmini Atzeret, referring to rain as Geshem: וּמוֹרִיד הַגֶּשֶׁם A few weeks later we start asking for rain and Ashkenazim use the word Matar - וְתֵן טַל וּמָטָר ...
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Why can't the Amida be repeated without a minyan?

If one purpose of the repetition of the Amida is to allow those who are not expert in prayer to be exempted of their obligation to pray (as per the Shulchan Aruch, O"C 124:1) why isn't this same ...
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Why do two blessings in the amidah start with the letter “vov” translated as “and” [duplicate]

In the text of all my Ashkenaz siddurim, the following blessings in the Amidah start with the letter “vov” translated as “and”: 1] The blessing ולמלשינים against informers which follows the blessing ...
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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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Should the Chazzan strike his chest during the repetition of the Amidah

If one is serving as the shaliach tzibur, should he strike his chest during the repetition of the amidah during the reading of the paragraph of selach lanu, as an individual dues during the silent ...
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“Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur? [duplicate]

What will be the situation if instead of saying “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur, I say “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh”? Do we say that “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” is greater than “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” and it's ok or ...
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What is meant by using the term “B'nei Brit” in “U'Chtov Lechayim”?

During the Ten Days of Repentance, we add a phrase in the 2nd to last blessing of Amidah: וכתוב לחיים טובים כל בני בריתיך "May all the children of your covenant be inscribed for good life." ...
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Hamelech Hakadosh [duplicate]

If one is a shaliach tzibur leading the prayers, if in his silent amida he accidentally said ha’kel hakadosh, does he need to begin the amida again or can he rely on his repetition to cover himself? ...
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Mixed up sentence in modim

Towards the end of modim in shemonah esrei we say "הטוב כי לא כלו רחמך, המרחם כי לא תמו חסדך.״ Isn't this sentence mixed up, shouldn't it be הטוב כי לא כלו חסדך, המרחם כי לא תמו רחמך. Keeping kindness ...
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Personal Prayer in שמונה עשרה

The last part of the שמונה עשרה (at the end of אלקי נצור) allows for words of personal prayers. Also, there's a passage in some סידורים where one davens for פרנסה within the שמע קולינו. A) Which ...
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Why should Shat'z say “Hashem Sefatai” silently?

Follow up to this answer It seems that the Amidah begins with the words ה שפתי תפתח, and not the word ברוך which begins אבות. O.C. 111:2 indicates that when the Shat'z repeats the Amidah, he should ...
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Where does the Amidah “officially” start?

In most of the Birnbaum Siddurim editions, before Musaph, he says that the verse כי שם ה' אקרא.. is not recited during Shacharit or Ma'ariv as this would constitute an interruption between גאולה and ...
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Properly focusing attention on Hashem

Recently I've been travelling to places, where I couldn't daven minchah in a synagogue, and in many cases I couldn't determine where mizrach was. In another question we saw that, based on Berakhot 30a,...
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Aseh Lmaan Yeminecha - עשה למען ימינך

At the end of Shemona Esrei we say the following in Nusach Sefard: עשה למען שמך, עשה למען ימינך, עשה למען תורתך, עשה למען קדושתך. In Nusach Ashkenaz we say Kedushasecha before Torasecha. ...
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Bentshing Refuah Sheleimah for Trivial Illnesses

Is there a minimum degree of illness (subjectively speaking) for which one can request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) while saying Shemona Esreh? Can one request it for one’s child, for ...
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Requesting Refuah Sheleimah for Oneself [duplicate]

Is one allowed to request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) for oneself, while saying Shemona Esreh? If so, does one need to say one’s Hebrew name, or just say אותי ("me")?
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May the gabbai use a disabled person for shat"z over a non-disabled one?

In a few previous questions, I mentioned that I sometimes daven in a nursing home minyan. This past Shabbat, the gabbai asked someone who is confined to a wheelchair to daven Musaph. There were other ...
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Ledor vador vs. Ata kadosh

During the repetition of the amida, many shuls (Minhag Ashkenaz) have the Minhag that after kedusha, the chazzan says ledor vador instead of the usual ata kadosh. When was it, why was it instituted, ...
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Why the difference in phrasing within the closing Shabbat Amidah bracha?

There is a particularly noticeable difference in phrasing in the bracha of the middle section of the Amidah on Shabbat (The bracha that ends מקדש השבת). Nusach Ashkenaz says ושמחנו בישועתיך - "...
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When asking for personal requests in Shemoneh Esrei, how should one phrase them?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 119:1) rules that one may add to a middle Brachah (i.e. from Atah Chonein to Shema Koleinu, inclusive) of Shemoneh Esrei a personal request on the topic; for instance, if one ...
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Amida together with the chazzan

If one came late to davening and he can not make tefila betzibur as he won’t have time to get up the amida with th congregation, he should say the amida together with the chazzan (SA OC 109:1). Does ...
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Why did standing on one's feet become the posture for prayer?

When one reads about people praying to G-d throughout Tanac"h, we rarely discover them standing to pray. Most of the time they are kneeling, prostrating or falling on their faces. We see that when ...
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No Mekadesh Yisrael on Shabbat

The bracha in the amida on Shabbat concludes "Mekadesh haShabbat" but on holidays (including those on Shabbat), the phrase "mekadesh Yisrael" is added. Why isn't Yisrael 'sanctified' (as I have seen ...
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Explain assignment of “joy” terms in Shalosh Regalim Amidah

In the opening paragraph of the Shalosh Regalim Amidah's middle section the phrasing is: ... מועדים לשמחה, חגים וזמנים לששון This M.Y. answer explains the difference in meaning between שמחה and ...
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Do you say “aneinu” if you don't eat anything all day but drink lots of water? [closed]

Do you say "aneinu" if you don't eat anything all day but drink lots of water?
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Are there requirements for the replacement chazan when the first one erred in his Amidah repetition?

On certain occasions a chazan has to be replaced (see O Ch 53 (17)). If the error occurred in one of the intermediate blessings, the replacement chazan starts from the beginning of the brocho in ...
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What is a permissible and effective way to keep one's belongings while praying amidah at the kotel?

What is a permissible and practical way to keep an eye on one's belongings while davening amidah at the kotel, without using lockers etc? I am wondering about both men that have pockets and Women who ...
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Why does the Oruch HaShulchan tell the number of words in the blessings of the Amidah?

The Oruch HaShulchan (eg here) mentions how many words there are in each of the blessings of the weekday Amidah and gives a reason why that number of words is used. For example for the blessing of T'...
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Saying kaddish vs. Davening slower

This is the flip side of this question. Related to this. If someone has an obligation to say kaddish yatom (in this hypothetical, he is not davening for the amud and he is saying ma'ariv) should he ...
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Is Shacharit before dawn okay? [duplicate]

If a person is tight on time, is it okay to pray the amidah before dawn if you're a girl?
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the King's desire: life or the living?

To the amida prayer from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kipur, we add a brief prayer that starts: זָכְרֵנוּ לְחַיִּים מֶלֶךְ חָפֵץ בַּחַיִּים ArtScroll translates that as: Remember us for life, O ...
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Oseh Shalom Amidah mistake

if a person accidentally slurred their words or made a mistake in the amidah on the part that says "He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.", do ...
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Why is “Yismechu VeMalchutcha” omitted in the Shabbat Mincha Amidah (Nusach Sefard)?

Nusach Sefard has the paragraph "Yismechu VeMalchutcha" in the Amidah of every tefillah of Shabbat, apart from Mincha. What is different about Mincha compared with the other tefillot (Arvit, ...
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Can't remember if one said Elokai Netzor or not?

If someone says the individual's Shemona Esrei and they can't remember whether they said the conclusion (which the chazzan's repetition does not say beginning Elokai Netzor) are they still yotzei ...
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Allowed to skip certain parts of shacharis in order to say shacharis shemoneh esrei before chatzos?

In the Artscroll siddur it says if a person is afraid he will not catch up to the tzibbur fast enough in order to start Shemoneh Esrei with them, he is allowed to skip everything except certain ...
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Can one repeatedly say a prayer for a chronically sick person in Shmonei Esrei?

The ArtScroll Siddur and many others include a prayer for sick people in the blessing of refaeinu: יְהִי רָצון מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלהַי וֵאלהֵי אֲבותַי שֶׁתִּשְׁלַח מְהֵרָה רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה מִן ...
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Forgot Yaaleh V'Yavo by Mincha on Erev Shabbos

Rosh Chodesh is on Friday only, and someone forgot to say Ya'aleh V'Yavo in the Mincha Amida. It is now already after nightfall, and he remembers that he omitted it. Must he repeat the Ma'ariv Amidah ...
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Why do we start requesting rain on the 59th day after tekufas Tishri?

What is the reason that in the diaspora, we start requesting rain in the Amidah on the 59th day after תקופת תשרי and what is the significance of 59 days in particular?
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For Your names sake, is love the essence? [closed]

The last 3 words in the first paragraph of Shmone esrei, the silent 18 blessing/prayer, aka the Amidah, are לְמַען ׁשֹמו בּאהבה if the essence of Hashem to the best of our comprehension is 'love' (...
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Does 'atah chonantanu' replace the first line of 'atah chonein,' or is it said in addition?

In my Koren Sacks siddur, the reader is instructed to substitute the first line of the usual אתה חונן with the אתה חוננתנו paragraph on Motzaei Shabbos and Motzaei Yom Tov. In my Artscroll siddur, ...
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Please explain Oruch Hashulchan O Ch 102 (9)

Learning Oruch Hashulchan O Ch 102 (9), my chavrusa and I could not understand the second paragraph here. The subject is whether one may sit next to someone saying the Amidah in synagogue. The first ...