Questions tagged [tefilla]

Questions about Jewish prayer (the fixed order of typically-thrice-daily prayers, or prayer generally).

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What Nusach did the Twansa use?

In most of the places that Sefardim settled after being kicked out of Iberia, there were already Jews living there, usually called "Musta'arabi". In most places, these communities ...
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What prayers should one recite in times of great fear?

During situations of great fear, we tend to look to God for comfort and guidance to free us from those fears. I was curious if there was a specific prayer related to fear and being freed from fear ...
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How in the Talmudic interpretation does עמד mean תפילה?

"וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּקֶר אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־עָמַד שָׁם אֶת־פְּנֵי ה'" Genesis.19.27 The Talmud concludes (Berakhot.26: "וְאֵין ״עֲמִידָה״ אֶלָּא תְּפִלָּה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (...
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When did Abraham establish the morning prayer?

Related: "why-would-abraham-establish-the-morning-prayer" The Talmud proposes that the morning prayer was established by Abraham (Berakhot.26b): "תַּנְיָא כְּווֹתֵיהּ דְּרַבִּי יוֹסֵי ...
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Why would Abraham establish the morning prayer?

The Talmud proposes that the morning prayer was established by Abraham (Berakhot.26b): "תַּנְיָא כְּווֹתֵיהּ דְּרַבִּי יוֹסֵי בְּרַבִּי חֲנִינָא: אַבְרָהָם תִּקֵּן תְּפִלַּת שַׁחֲרִית, ...
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Why would the Temple turn to a House of Prayer?

"וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי, כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים׃" "I will ...
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Tefillah when marrying almana

I've heard there exists a formal Tefilah to be said when marrying an almana where one asks mechila from the first husband who was niftar. Would someone know where this tefilah can be found as well as ...
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Halachic status of Israeli airspace and waters

I am presenting this hypothetical not because I want a ruling but because I want to understand the halachic mechanism involved and I'm wording the case specifically to avoid certain answers (so please ...
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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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Time to say Vsein Tal Umatar [duplicate]

Orach Chaim 117:1 says that we begin Tal Umatar in Eretz Yisrael on 7 Cheshvan. See also Aruch Hashulchan 117:2 where he mentions the reason for first beginning on 7 Cheshvan is to give the Olei ...
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Shabbos Chol Hamoed - Mizmor L'David - Nusach Sefard

Nusach Sefard usually says Mizmor L'David at the end of Maariv, Friday evenings, before Aleinu. I have seen Shuls that skip this on Yom Tov that is on a Shabbos and on Shabbos Chol Hamoed. I have also ...
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Why don't we read about the korban tamid during the amidah? [duplicate]

For the Mussaf amidah, some read the actual relevant corresponding korban text (shabbat, chag etc) during the amidah itself, while for shacharit (and mincha) we dont read/mention the korban tamid at ...
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When is the latest time to do Hoshanot on Sukkot?

I was wondering if Hoshanot can be done all day (like lulav and Hallel) or if it can only be done by a certain time.
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Comparison between Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat

I would like to know if there is any source (such as table) that summarizes the differences along the Tefila in the Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat?
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Better less with kavannah than more without?

Right at the beginning of the Tur and Shulchan Aruch, siman 1, it says that it is better to pray a little with kavannah (proper concentration?) than more without. I don't know that anyone argues. I ...
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How to practice reading prayers

Are there any specific halachot about one who practices reciting prayers? Is one allowed to say Hashem's name? What if one does not use any tune when practicing the prayers? What if while reading the ...
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Prayer before a general anaesthetic

Every night, prior to bed, people recite the Shema. Affixed to that recitation is a variety of psukim and brokhes, requesting of Hashem that He ensure that we will sleep well, without any disturbance, ...
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"Constantly and forever and ever" in Maariv davening

In Maariv prayer we say "אל חי וקים תמיד ימלוך עלינו לעולם ועד" in the first long Brachah. I'm aware of the concept of the double לשון of לעולם ועד (i.e. forever and ever), but how does that ...
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Source of the claim that Moshe's tefillah could change Hashem's mind

I heard once that what is meant in the passuk: "ויתעבר יהוה בי למענכם ולא שמע אלי ויאמר יהוה אלי רב־לך אל־תוסף דבר אלי עוד בדבר הזה" But the LORD was wrathful with me on your account and ...
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Which sections of Shacharit can be delayed?

If one is in a rush, and he only says Birchot Kriyat Shema, the Amida, and Alenu, what parts of Shacharit can he return and say later (after ending his prayer by saying Alenu and doing distracting ...
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Is there a prayer "for an easy death"?

When someone is sick, we say a mi'she'beirach for healing and we add a personal request in the refa'einu part of the amidah. After a person passes, we say the Tziduk hadin and then prayers for the ...
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Who are the rabbanim of the story of Vehu Rachum?

The Artscroll Siddur records a tradition from the Machzor Kol Bo of three rabbanim who authored the tefillah of Vehu Rachum: Machzor Kol Bo and others record a tradition regarding the authorship of ...
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Is standing and raising hands an usual posture for praying?

Is standing and raising hands an usual posture for praying? I wonder which is the right posture for praying.
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Compilation of Tefillot for specific purposes

It is clear from the Gemara in brachot there is a real science behind tefillah and in addition to needing the appropriate emotional-mind state you also need to formulate your petition according to the ...
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What is the halachah if someone missed Shacharis, davened the first Mincha as a tashlumin and the second as actual Mincha?

I would like to know various sources for whether the tashlumin counts or not. I think I have read that some poskim disagree with each other, but who holds what?
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English prayers, mix in hebrew?

Some prayers can be said in any language, and many people use the English translation in siddurim to daven directly, the question is is one allowed to mix in both hebrew and English when first ...
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Studying the Siddur before Yomim Noraim?

The Shulchan Aruch OC (100:1) writes that there is an obligation to learn the tefillos which are not commonly said beforehand, and the Rema notes that nowadays we don't need to review the prayers ...
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The Teacher's Prayer in English

Is there an equivalent or translation in English for the following Teacher's Prayer: I really need it for my next lesson.
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Why are the words in this pasuk changed around?

This pasuk (לִישׁוּעָֽתְךָ֖ קִוִּ֥יתִי יְהֹוָֽה) appears in many siddurim, including most Artscroll siddurim, after the Ani Maamins. However, the pasuk doesn’t just appear by itself. It appears three ...
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Composing your own Tefillah

Is there a source (either for or against) that mentions composing your own Tefillah prayer? Such as a yehi ratzon or the like. Granted, anyone can daven at any moment for anything they want in any ...
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What do the different chassidish tefillin tying on the palm and hand mean, what sects uses them?

I have noticed many different styles of wrapping tefillin over the hand, fingers, and palm, as seen below. My question is what is the significance of this, and who does this, and is it something ...
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Praying in English or Hebrew

I have searched and don’t think this is a duplicate and want to explain why this question is different from this one. In the above linked question, the answer clearly states that it’s best to daven in ...
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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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Amen in Birchat Hachodesh

In the Birchat Hachodesh recited on the Shabbat before a Rosh Chodesh, in the final paragraph, there are a series of (what seem to be) requests for the upcoming month. I have seen in various ...
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In the morning prayers of Birkhot Hatorah, what does וְהַשְׁכָּמַת בֵּית הַמִּדְרָשׁ שַׁחֲרִית וְעַרְבִית practically mean?

This appears in Birkhot Hatorah, as: אֵֽלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶם בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקֶּֽרֶן קַיֶּֽמֶת לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא... וְהַשְׁכָּמַת בֵּית הַמִּדְרָשׁ שַׁחֲרִית וְעַרְבִית These ...
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“Hasidic Zmanim “ [duplicate]

Something that has always piqued my interest is how some hasidic groups sometimes daven way later than the zman, is there any halachic validity to doing this?- I was under the assumption that if you ...
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Importance of coming on time for davening

I'm looking for sources/inspiration about the importance of coming on time for davening. Not about being in the first ten, but just being there on time time. The more the better. Any help would be ...
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Grammar question in prayer

Why in the prayer: יי עז לעמו יתן , יי יברך את-עמו בשלום is the word יברך followed by את,? Both יברך & יתן are forms of a verb. Does anyone have any sources that address this grammar sentence ...
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Minyan with 6 davening

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 our "matir" for saying Tehillim before or after Shacharis?

In Nefesh Harav, Rabbi Shachter writes that the Gr"a (and subsequently Rav Soloveitchik) did not say מזמור שיר חנוכת הבית לדוד before davening, as ברוך שאמר is a מתיר to say Tehillim (...
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If one mistakenly said רצה during a weekday ברכת המזון must he then repeat ברכת המזון?

I believe the halacha regarding someone who mistakenly started to say shmona esrei for Shabbos during the week and remembered before רצה is that he can continue with atah chonen and it is not ...
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When do we read Megillat Ruth?

This question has two parts: In the Diaspora, is Megillat Ruth read on the first day or the second day of Shavuot? At what point in the service is it read: before Hallel, after the Haftarah, at the ...
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Early maariv prayer and Kiddush on the night of Shavuot - what are the halachic considerations?

I always remembered communities waiting for nightfall before praying Maariv on Shavuot night (to fulfill "seven complete weeks"). I recently learned this was not the case in every community, ...
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Why the change in phrase with the morning blessings?

In the morning blessings, there is a small but seemingly important variation in word usage across three blessings. In the blessing about the distinction between day and night, G-d is described by the ...
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Stand-alone musaf [duplicate]

Last rosh chodesh, due to a case of emergency, I had to conclude my morning prayer with Aleinu after having said Ashrei and Uva leTziyon. So instead of proceeding with the musaf, I had to recuperate ...
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Can “asher yotzar” be called part of Birkas HaTorah?

My chavrusa suggested that the blessings of “al netilas yodoyim” and “asher yotzar” are part of Birkas HaTorah. Is there any evidence for this please? The implication would be that even if a person ...
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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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Is וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם in Shema with Shva Na or Shva Nach

My daughter goes to a chabad school (nusach ari?) and has been taught in class that וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם in the shema (end of first paragraph) is with a shvah na on the כְ. She also says it has the asterisk ...
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Is davening/learning in a prison cell allowed?

In most prison/custody cells in the UK, and likely elsewhere in the world, there is no seperation between the living/sleeping area and the toilet. Is a person allowed to daven or learn Torah in such a ...

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