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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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Why don't we say “hamelech hagadol”?

During the 10 days of T'shuva, we change certain wording from "el" to "melech" in the Shmoneh Esrei (and Magen Avot). But in the beginning of the Amida, we say "ha-el hagadol hagibor v'hanora". Why ...
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For things that can be said in any language, how fully must you understand the language?

Sotah 7:1 gives a list of things that are said in any language, including the Sh'ma and the t'filah. Several commentaries I've seen explain that these texts are so important that you need to ...
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Were redemption related Amida blessings composed for that time or the future?

The members of the anshei knesses hagedolah are said to have compiled the blessings of the Amida prayer (Megilah 17b). Why did they include the blessings that pertain to the redemption (rebuilding ...
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In Shemoneh Esrei- why “God of Avraham, God of Yitzchak, & God of Yaakov” instead of “God of Avraham, Yitzchak, & Yaakov?”

In the first bracha of Shemoneh Esrei, why do we say: אֱלקֵּי אַבְרָהָם. אֱלקֵּי יִצְחָק. וֵאלקֵּי יַעֲקב God of Avraham, God of Yitzchak, and God of Yaakov; instead of just saying: ...
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Gomel chasadim tovim - are there bad chasadim?

In the first b’racha of the amidah, Avos, we say "גומל חסדים טובים"... which is normally translated something like- “who does good deeds...” but literally, “Gomel chasadim” by itself means “does good ...
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Before Kedusha, bowing left, right then middle [duplicate]

Is there a source for the practice people have of bowing left, right then middle before Kedusha?
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Raising the heels after shemona esrei [duplicate]

I see many people that raise there heals after davening Shemona Esrei. Is there a source for this?
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Is adding the “Immahot” (matriarchs) to the Amidah permitted?

Many non-traditional congregations have modified the Avot prayer opening the Amidah, to add the Immahot. For example: (Form Shabbat Siddur of the First Reform Minyan in UC Berkeley 2003) What is the ...
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Does one need to stop the Amidah if a projection of Avodah Zarah appears?

What I'm describing is a somewhat unusual situation, but this can occur. A group of us daven mincha in a conference room where mizrach (east) has a giant computer monitor. The company focuses on ...
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How do I accept a taanis dibbur on myself? [closed]

In light of the recent tragedy in Kiryas Yovel (https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1670321/4-sifrei-torah-thrown-to-the-ground-kiryat-yovel-shul-vandalized.html) I have decided to accept ...
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Correct kavanah in certain words in the first bracha of shemoneh esrei

When one desires to concentrate on every word of the first bracha of Shemoneh Esrei, as required, in order to fulfil the obligation of daily prayer, when he gets to the words "magen Avraham," should ...
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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?