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 do we stop saying Morid Hageshem?

From Pesach until Succos, we stop saying mashiv haruach umorid hageshem in shemoneh esrei. However, we would normally say it in the second blessing of the amidah, which is where we are only praising ...
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How does Rav Zevin see evidence of post-Churban editing in Vetechazena?

In HaMoadim BeHalachah, page 371, Rav Shlomo Zevin endorses the idea raised by Rav Yitzchak Isaac HaLevy that the tefillot were established before the destruction of the Second Temple. However, he ...
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Answering Amen After One Has Finished Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav

If one has finished Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav AND has said Yehiyiu L'Ratzon he may answer to kaddish and Yehei Shmei Rabbah. However, should he/may he answer Amen to the other blessings in Chazarat ...
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Malchus in Birkas Haminim

Many nuschaos of Birkas Haminim say "Malchus Zadon" instead of "v'hazeidim" (this is the german nusach I believe as well as that used by some chasidim). Nusach Chabad also says ...
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A minor (?) issue with spelling in Nusach Ari

Last Shabbes, I noticed that in two different nusach Ari siddurim (Torah Or and Tehillas Hashem), Modim in the Shemoneh Esrei either possesses or lacks a waw depending on whether it is a Shabbes or a ...
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What are the heterim for davening before neitz?

These days, neitz (at least in the Northeast of America) is at approximately 7:10 AM. There are many minyanim that I've been to that daven at 6:50 or earlier throughout the year, all but guaranteeing ...
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Answering Amen after Yihyu Leratzon

If someone, for some reason, forgot to say the 1st Yihyu Leratzon during Shemoneh Esrei and started Elokai Netzor, is he allowed to answer Amen to Kadish as he would be having recited the 1st Yihyu ...
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Is it appropriate to use the nusach of Rosh Hashanah on the days until Yom Kippur?

Is it appropriate or inappropriate to use the nusach of the High Holy Days when davening on the days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Because we put additions into the Amidah (Zokhreinu, etc) ...
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Musaf verses for Rosh Chodesh on Rosh Hashanah

When Ashkenazim daven a Musaf Shemoneh Esrei, they read pesukim from Parshat Pinchas, related to event of the day. For example, if it is Shabbat, they read in the Musaf Amidah the pesukim from ...
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Secondary reason for shortened Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos?

The main view for why we shorten the Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos is that we do not want to focus on the mundane, but rather the holiness of the day. However, I do remember hearing that the other reason ...
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Why Isn't There a Tefila for Fertility?

Within Shmoneh Esrai we daven for everyone of these items below, except for childbirth. Why? R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted ...
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Geulah Blessing in the Amidah

The seventh ברכה of שמנה עשרה is the blessing of גאולה. The blessing begins ראה בעניינו (some add נא in between). When ראובן was born, לאה said כי ראה ה' בעניי. The usage likely comes from תהילים ...
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Amida: Why not voice thanks for what you yourself received?

I have heard that we may add our own specific requests in the middle set of brachot of the Amida, if we feel the need, but that additions are not allowed in the first 3 or last 3 brachot. Why are we ...
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Changing facing during Amida

Is it allowed to change facing during the Amida, if one has find out that he\she is facing the wrong direction?
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Why mention healing everyone after the restroom and Jews in the amida?

After we use the restroom, we recite a benediction praising God for our ability to do so. The benediction ends by referring to him as the one "who heals all flesh", viz all people. In the amida ...
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Why 'They hanged' rather than 'You hanged' in Al Hanissim?

In Al Hanissim on Purim, we praise Hashem directly וְאַתָּה בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים. הֵפַרְתָּ אֶת עֲצָתו. וְקִלְקַלְתָּ אֶת מַחֲשַׁבְתּו. וַהֲשֵׁבותָ לּו גְּמוּלו בְּראשׁו. וְתָלוּ אותו וְאֶת ...
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Nowadays, whom is Birkat Haminim directed at?

Today I saw this question: History of Birkas haMinim, which got me thinking: Nowadays, that we don't have Tzdokim or little Judaic Temple-cults like the Essenes, whom is the Birkat Haminim directed at?...
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10 men for Chazarat Hashats, needs the Chazan himself to count?

A case: I am Chazan and finished the silent Shmona Esre, someone say me to begin the Chazara because there are already 9 who finished their Shmona Esre, but I don't believe him, I want to count by ...
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Why is Mar son of Ravina's prayer commonly recited after Amidah?

Berachot 16b-17a lists a number of prayers that various amoraim recited at the end of Amidah. Common practice (at least in the Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrach siddurim that I've seen) seems to be to ...
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How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...
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Why does Pirkei d'Rebbi Eliezer only connect certain berachos of Shemoneh Esrei to events in Tanach?

According to Pirkei d'Rebbi Eliezer: The first beracha of Shemoneh Esrei, "Blessed are You, Hashem, Protector of Avraham," refers to Hashem's protecting Avraham during the war with the four kings (ch....
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A question on “Sim Shalom”

The prayer "Sim Shalom", recited at the end of the morning Amidah, first says: שִׂים שָׁלוֹם טוֹבָה וּבְרָכָה חֵן וָחֶֽסֶד וְרַחֲמִים עָלֵֽינוּ -- Grant peace, goodness and blessing, grace, ...
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How many times is the Amidah said in a year?

The Amidah is said three times a day during weekdays, four on Shabbat, and I believe a fifth time during Yom Kippur. Plus there are the repetitions of the Amidah that are said by the Chazen. For ...
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Why isn't המלך המשפט a grammatical mistake?

During these ימים נוראים we finish the 11th blessing of the amida with the words המלך המשפט. What does this exactly, literally mean? Melech and mishpat are both nouns, so it would seem that we need a ...
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Why do we ask for Hashem to rule us alone, and then ask for a human king?

In the weekday sh’moneh esrei we ask HaShem to rule over us by himself: וּמְלֹךְ עָלֵינוּ מְהֵרָה אַתָּה י-הוה לְבַדְּךָ and reign over us- You HaShem, alone And yet, a few b’rachos later, we ...
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What happens if an individual accidentally says Aneinu before Re'eh instead of during Shema Koleinu?

Let’s say that a congregant, who’s normally supposed to say Aneinu in Shema Koleinu instead of before Re'eh, accidentally says it as a stand-alone Beracha before Re'eh. He doesn’t realize until well ...
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When was Kedushah introduced as part of the Amidah repetition?

My understanding is that the Amidah was recited only by the Shat'z during a period before the printing of Siddurim and, perhaps, when Hebrew proficiency was weak. I'm assuming that because the ...
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Is a man permitted to petition for permitted sexual relations during the Amidah?

Would a man be permitted to ask Hashem to bring about permitted sexual acts with his current or future wife as part of the requests he makes during the Amidah, given that we are generally highly ...
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Why are the number of blessings in the Amidah linked to Psalm 29?

The Gemoro in Berochos 28b asks about the 18 blessings in the Amidah: גמ׳ הני שמונה עשרה כנגד מי Corresponding to what were these eighteen blessings instituted? The Gemoro offers three ...
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Why don’t we say “vetein tal lev’racha”?

According to those who say “morid hatal” in the second b’racha of Shemoneh Esrei between Pesach and Sukkos, why don’t they also say vetein tal lev’racha in the ninth b’racha (instead of vetein b’racha)...
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Praying for too much

The following Talmud passage (Taanit 8b) indicates we must not pray for too many things: In the days of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani there was a famine and a deadly plague. People asked: “What shall ...
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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: אֱלקֵּי ...
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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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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, two ...
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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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