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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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Source that looking up during Shemonei Esreh can blind a person?

I remember reading somewhere that looking up during Shomnei Esreh improperly exposes the person to the Schechina and may cause blindness. Does anyone else remember reading that and know its source?
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Can one do double tashlumin

According to Halacha, if one misses both shacharit and minchah in the same day, can one do tashlumin for both at maariv? Or can one only do tashlumin for one Amidah?
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Bare-bones Amidah

If you are pressed for time during prayer, would it be OK to say only the blessings when you come to the Amidah, and skip the rest? I know it's not officially sanctioned, but would it be acceptable?
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Because the Earth is round, in which direction should we face Yerushalayim?

For example, if one was in Sydney, would it be better if he faces north-west or north-east? Is it more important that he faces the direction in which there is the smallest possible distance between ...
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Why are רצה and שים שלום classified as thanksgiving and not as petitionary?

Rambam writes regarding the makeup of shemoneh esrei (tefilah 1:4) that שָׁלֹשׁ רִאשׁוֹנוֹת שֶׁבַח לַה' וְשָׁלֹשׁ אַחֲרוֹנוֹת הוֹדָיָה. וְאֶמְצָעִיּוֹת יֵשׁ בָּהֶן שְׁאֵלַת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים שֶׁהֵן ...
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Requests in the Amidah - hide and seek

The Amidah standing prayer is at the center of our tefillos. Every Amidah has three blessings of praise (שבח) at the beginning, and the blessings of thanks (הודאה) at the end. The weekday Amidah has ...
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Ashkenazi speed-mumble davening: origins and halachic basis? [duplicate]

What are the origins of the Ashkenazi practice of mumbly-speed-through davening? I refer both to: Shemoneh Esrei where the words are not articulated with the mouth (albeit silently) but rather the ...
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Are there time parameters for when 10 people have to combine for Shemone Esrei?

Say you have a minyan, and when the Chazzan starts Shemone Esrei, 8 of the others are up to that point and begin as well, but the others aren’t yet up to Shemone Esrei. Is that a problem for the 9 ...
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How to gain both wisdom and wealth in the Amidah prayer

O Ch 94 (2) Mishna Berura 12 suggests that in the Amidah one who wants to gain wealth turns his face northward or to gain wisdom turns southward. I remember having found a source that suggests that in ...
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Extended Amidah or answering chazzan

Assuming one isn’t the 10th member of a minyan and is just a face in the crowd, if you have the option of praying a very slow and meaningful Amidah, but then you’ll end when the Chazan is already well ...
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Does it matter if an unveiled Cohen says Birchat Kohanim as part of a regular Amidah?

If a Ba'al Tefilah who happens to be a Cohen is reciting Birchat Kohanim as part of the repetition of the Amidah, is there any concern, special measures, or discussion about whether it is appropriate ...
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Implication of the besefer chaim addition?

I always thought that the many plurals in the amida refer to the Jewish people. But the wording of the besefer chaim addition to the sim shalom paragraph of the amida for this time of year (yamim ...
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Why are we allowed to make unlimited prayer in any language at a time where we are not allowed to answer amen?

According to (at least) Rav Ovadiah Yosef (based on his understanding of Maran in Shulchan Aruch), one is not allowed to answer amen (except first 5 of Kaddish), baruch Hu u'varuch Shemo, or the ...
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What should one do while waiting for repetition of the Amidah to start?

What should an individual be doing after finishing his personal Amidah while waiting for the chazzan's repetition to start? Do the same restrictions apply during this period as the period while the ...
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End of Fourth Hour Approaching, Berachot of Keriyat Shema or Amidah?

According to general halacha, one may not recite the berachot of keriyat shema after the 4th halachic hour. Ashkenazim can do so if they were withheld from reciting them in their proper time for ...
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Why do some versions of the Amidah not have the ו on וקונה הכל?

In the first blessing of the Amidah, there's part that often says וְקוֹנֵה הַכּל ("and creates everything"). It looks like this in many siddurim, e.g. ArtScroll, Lev Shalem, and Mishkan T'...
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Child wants bathroom during parent's Amidah

Are there any halachic guidelines when a child tells the parent that he wants to go to bathroom during the Amidah? This occurred to me multiple times, with my 4-year-old who can use the bathroom alone ...
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Where is the source that one is supposed take out their peyos when they are davening Shemona Esrei?

There have been many times where I have seen people pull out their Peyos from behind their ears right before Shemona Esrei. Anyone I have asked said there is a source, but I can not locate it. (...
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Repetition of Hashem sefatai on Friday night

I've been thinking about lately whether should the prayer leader repeat ה' שפתי תפתח on Friday nights as in the morning or the afternoon? My gut feeling is that he shouldn't, because it's not a proper ...
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What to do if Baal Tefillah forgets Yaaleh ViYavoh and remembers during Sim Shalom?

A baal tefillah who forgets Yaaleh Viyavoh in his silent Shmoneh Esrei doesn't need to repeat Shmoneh Esrei, because he'll be yotzei with Chazaras HaShatz. If an individual forgets Yaaleh ViYavoh in ...
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Clapping during Amidah

I've seen (and heard) on occasion people clapping during Amidah, and I've always wondered why. Personally, I find it annoying, so I was wondering if there was some source that explained the reasoning ...
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What does פ׳ ב׳ פ׳ stand for in the context of prayer (specifically related to prayer #8 of the Amidah)?

In the Siddur I am using (Siddurenu, The Prayer Book Press, 1961), there is a supplemental prayer directly below prayer #8 of the Amida (on page 56) that prays for healing of specific individuals. (It ...
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Why on Yom Tov does the brocho in Amida change to "בְּךָ"?

Hi gut moed / moadim lesimcha everyone! Does anyone know / have a source for why on Yom Tov at the end of the brocho in shemonei esrei we say: וְיִשמְחוּ בְּךָ יִשרָאֵל And yet on Shabbos we say: ...
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Davening Amidah quietly during Chazarat HaShatz

What is the custom when davening the amidah quietly. Assuming that someone is in the body of the amidah, I am aware that he has to stay quiet during kedusha, but if he is in Elokai netzor, he says “...
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Beracha of Knowledge

We say in the 4th beracha of shemoneh esrei that G-d gave us knowledge and we thank him for this. Yes, obviously everything comes from G-d, but in the beginning of humankind we had no knowledge, and ...
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Different traditions during the repetition of Modim

At the repetition of the Modim blessing the prayer leader and the congregation say two different things. I have seen two different customs at this point. As a shliach tzibur, I was taught to say מודים ...
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Mistakes in Amidah

I could not find this answered specifically, so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate. If you make a pronunciation mistake, or lose your place in the final section of the amidah, can you go ...
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Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)?

Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)? To be specific can a minyan that already prayed silently together move ...
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Does it count as "praying with a minyan" you are saying a different service?

Let's say you arrive late while a congregation is saying Ma'ariv on a weeknight. Would it be counted as praying with a minyan if you said Ashrei to yourself then said the Minchah Amidah while everyone ...
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Is there a Possuk in Tanach that starts with a Pheh פ and ends with an Aleph א? [duplicate]

In the list for names printed in many Siddurim, there is no Possuk for פיגא.
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Shaliach Tzibur saying personal prayer in Shema Koleinu

Recently I was in a Shul and the Shaliach Tzibur while saying the loud Shemona Esrei stopped in the middle of Shema Koleinu and quietly said a personal prayer. Having never seen this done before, I am ...
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What should one do if his kippah falls off during the Amidah?

What should one do if he notices that his kippah fell off during the Amidah? How does this depend on whether he is between brachot, in the middle of the body of a bracha, or saying the bracha itself?
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Did Rav Hai Gaon pray maariv twice on Friday night when the tsibbur prayed before tseit hakokhavim?

According to most early decisors, the evening shema should be said after tseit hakokhavim (see mishna Berakhot 1:1 and its gemara), and the rishonim debate how to deal with a tsibbur that is praying ...
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Hilchos Barech Aleinu in the Summer

Where does the Shulchan Aruch discuss if someone mistakenly asked for rain in in Barech Aleinu instead of saying "Vesein Beracha" and what is his ruling?
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Signing off the bracha of 'magen Avraham' with just Avraham

In Parshas Lech Lecha 12:2, the pasuk famously reads: וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ לְג֣וֹי גָּד֔וֹל וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ וַאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה שְׁמֶ֑ךָ וֶהְיֵ֖ה בְּרָכָֽה׃ I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; ...
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Is Ulichaporas Pasha a new request or a continuation?

When we say Ulichaporas Pasha in musaf on a rosh chodesh that is a leap year, is that supposed to be read/understood as a continuation of the previous request or as a new request? (Relevant to how to ...
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Repeat shemoneh esrei if you forget to say atah chonantanu but you already said havdalah

If someone did havdalah before davening maariv, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei if he forgets to add “atah chonantanu”?
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Bowing at the end of Modim deRabanan

An answer tangentially mentions that there are those who say that one should also bow at the end of the Modim deRabanan. This is mentioned in Orach Chayim 127:1, and its foremost proponent seems to be ...
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Shemoneh Esreh Torah line for Name

Before Oseh Shalom in the Amidah, my Siddur says, "Here one may say a sentence from the Torah, which starts with the first letter of his first name and finishes with the last letter of his first ...
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Is davening with 10 people, of which only 6 daven along, considered תפלה בציבור?

Is davening with 10 people in attendance but only 6 people actually davening equivalent to davening in a minyan where 10 people are davening together or is it less preferable and ideally not something ...
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What is the source of this text?

At the end of Elokai Nitzor we say: "עֲשֵׂה לְמַֽעַן שְׁמֶֽךָ עֲשֵׂה לְמַֽעַן יְמִינֶֽךָ עֲשֵׂה לְמַֽעַן קְדֻשָּׁתֶֽךָ עֲשֵׂה לְמַֽעַן תּוֹרָתֶֽךָ" Is there a source for these sentences? The ...
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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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