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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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“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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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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Davening with Kavanah vs Starting Shemonah Esray with the Tzibur

If the tzibur is about the start shemonah esray however Reuven isn't up to Shemonah Esray yet, and Reuven knows that if he speeds up his davening he will be able to start with the tzibur, is it better ...
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Opening Words of the Shemona Esrei in Mussaf and Mincha [duplicate]

At the beginning of the Shemona Esrei for both Shacharit and Maariv, one recites the words "אדני שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך". At the beginning of the Shemona Esrei for both Mussaf and Mincha, however, ...
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Why does ולירושלים start with a Vav?

This extra Vav seems to be the adopted Nusach of choice for all Ashkenazim (Edot Mizrach and Aram Sova do not; their beracha begins differently). I can only imagine there are earlier girsaot without ...
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Why don't we repeat Aleinu at the next Tefilla if forgotten?

The other day I forgot to say Aleinu by Mincha. After Maariv I asked the Rabbi whether I should say Aleinu two times (one for Mincha & one for Maariv) and he said in my situation one only says ...
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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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The addition to Refaeinu

In the artscroll siddur amongst others, there is a text to be added in to the bracha of refaeinu if one wants to daven for a specific choleh. The text seems to be rather standard (I.e. it is in some ...
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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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Why do we ask for judges to be restored after Moshiach comes?

In the blessing of Hashiva Shofteinu in the amida, we ask Hashem to restore the judges - referring to the times of Moshiach. Why would there be a need for judges (and Sanhedrin) in the times of ...
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למען שמו in the first berachah of shemonah esrei

We begin the first berachah of shemonah esrei by saying ברוך אתה ה׳, we are talking directly to Hashem. We praise him throughout the berachah and towards the end we say that Hashem helps us למען שמו, ...
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why the repetition in the first brocha of shmone esrei?

First we say אלקינו ואלוקי אבותינו, and the we break it down אלקי אברהם אלקי יצחק ואלקי יעקב . Why do we need both? Don't we know who the avos are?
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What is the proper procedure for answering parts of Kedusha?

I checked 3 different Siddurim for instructions regarding how to respond to parts of the Kedusha. All are Nusach Ashkenaz Art Scroll has inconsistent rules: Weekday Kedusha Shacharit & Mincha ...
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Chazzan cannot start the repetition of the Amidah? Does anything change for his replacement?

For a justifiable reason e.g. illness, the chazzan who has said the silent Amidah finds he cannot continue with the repetition. I see no reason for any changes in how the prayers will continue. Are ...
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Saying the Amidah, you discover it's unsuitable to daven

Lets say you're saying the Amidah when a condition that would make davening unsuitable, i.e. ervah, tumah, ruach ra, a mirror or some sort of picture in front of you, suddenly enters your purview. ...
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Saying the Amidah, you find yourself in yichud

Let's say you are in the middle of your Shemoneh Esrei when and all of a sudden, the situation becomes yichud. What may you/must you/should you do? I know the very-basics like "don't interrupt one ...
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10 Menuchas in Shabbas Mincha prayers

The middle bracha on Shabbos at mincha reads (Nusach Ashkenaz) אתה אחד ושמך אחד, ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד בארץ, תפארת גדלה, ועטרת ישועה, יום מנוחה וקדשה לעצמך נתת, אברהם יגל, ויצחק ירנן, יעקב ובניו ...
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Brachos l'vatala and repeating (all or part of) the Amidah [duplicate]

If saying a superfluous Amidah results in brachos l'vatala, as suggested here ("However if one is davening after 1/2 hour after Chatzos he isn’t Yotzei and his Brachos are L’vatalah. See Biur Halacha ...