Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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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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Fiddler on The Roof — Sabbath Prayer — Authenticity, History, Story behind it

In the movie Fiddler on The Roof, I cry when I see this part of the film, because God is so real to me, and because I long for my fathers blessing, but he is no longer on the earth. I am jealous of ...
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Does אנא ever connote thanking?

Does anyone know of an instance where אנא is interpreted as thanking as opposed to a plea or request?
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Is the direction of Tefila (temple) always in the direction of sunrise?

Would it be right if I say that the direction of Tefila (temple) is always in the direction of sunrise?
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How do you reconcile these two verses: [ואחרי ככלות הכל לבדו ימלוך נורא] — [אף תכון תבל בל תמוט]

If it would have been written like this: ...ואפילו אם ככלות הכל then it would have made more sense. But the way it's written like this: ...ואחרי ככלות הכל Makes it sound like it is indeed going to ...
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Why say bircat hamazon instead of plainly thanking HaShem for the food?

A niece asked me why do we need to say bircat hamazon which is lengthy and with words we don’t understand instead of just saying in English something along the long the lines of “thank you HaShem for ...
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Shabbat Erev Pesach - Piyyutim for Shabbat HaGadol

Ashkenazi custom is (was?) to recite piyyutim during shacharit of shabbat hagadol (the shabbat before pesach). As part of the kerovot, the piyyut elo-hei haruchot lechol basar is recited, containing a ...
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Why do we forgive past incarnations every night?

In the first paragraph of Krias Shema Al Hamita, we say that we forgive: ...לְכָל־מִי שֶׁהִכְעִיס וְהִקְנִיט אוֹתִי אוֹ שֶׁחָטָא כְנֶגְדִּי בֵּין בְּגוּפִי בֵּין בְּמָמוֹנִי... ...anyone who has ...
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Posture / Prostration in Yemenite Tradition [closed]

It is related that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) initially prayed three times a day face to Jerusalem. It is evident that this practice corresponds the Jewish practice. The Salat prayer in Islam ...
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Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature

Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature
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How many people are needed for a minyan

When making a ‘heicha shemoneh esrei’ where the chazzan will daven until Ha’el hakadosh before the rest of the minyan - is 10 people sufficient or does one need 11 to have 10 people starting shemoneh ...
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Wording of refaenu for sick person who is not Jewish

The refaenu bracha in the amida has wording to use for praying for someone who is sick. That wording ends "among the other ailing of Israel". Is it appropriate to use that wording for a ...
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Is the Shechina present when a person is mourning or distraught?

It's said the Shechinah is present only where there's joy (Tractate Shabbat 30b). Yet we are also taught to cry to Hashem during times of suffering, depression, sorrow, mourning, etc. Is the Shechinah ...
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Quality of Sh'ma repeated in its proper time

Often, I find myself at a ma'ariv minyan that meets before "nightfall" and someone invariably makes the announcement that we should all remember to repeat the sh'ma after tzeit hakochavim. I ...
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If a deaf person is not counted towards a minyan because they cannot hear, does the same rule apply for one who doesn't speak/understand Hebrew?

My understanding is Halacha states a deaf or mute person doesn't count towards a minyan as they do not have the ability to fully participate. The deaf person cannot hear what is being said and the ...
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Is there a proper order of davening for one who learns before minyan?

For someone who learns before davening with a minyan, is it proper to say korbanot before learning? Or is it more proper to wait until after learning to say it with the minyanim. I am curious if there ...
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What prayers are obligated to say

What prayers are Jews obligated to say? I’ve heard that the average liturgy is 30 minutes but Rabbi David Bay Hayim does one that’s only 9.
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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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Why do we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot during the Duchan? [duplicate]

When the Kohanim are blessing the klal we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot tefillah. Why is this the time for this tefillah?
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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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If a composer of a nigun is accused of a serious offense should his nigun no longer be sung?

If someone who is well respected in the community writes wonderful inspiring nigunim that are used in tefila, and then allegations appear that the individual is suspected of, or implicated in, serious ...
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Why doesn’t מזמור שיר ליום השבת mention Shabbos?

The song of the day for Shabbos is מזמור שיר ליום השבת. Yet it doesn’t seem to mention Shabbos at all! Why is this? Also, why does this Tehillim refer to a specific day of the week at all?
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Candles for praying at home

In schul we light candles before starting davening. If someone is praying at home, can they light candles as well (without a minian)? Does it have to be two? Or one is sufficient to remember the Ner ...
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מנ"ע - Talking to a person but intent towards Hashem

I've seen in a few places the concept that we sometimes find a person talking to another, but their intent is really to Hashem. Some examples are the Vilna Gaon (Esther 7:6), Noam Elimelech (...
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Father is sick but he's not Jewish

My mother is Jewish and I was raised Jewish. My dad converted in the reform tradition and I know what that means. Recently he's become ill, I am scared of what that means. I am incredibly close with ...
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Should people davening alone daven together?

If a few men know there will be no minyan so they choose to daven biyechidut, is there merit to their staying "together" either in shul or not? Is there a notion of "kahal" or &...
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Why is chosenness removed in the evening prayer?

In the morning service we say Ahavah Rabbah: Baruch atta HaShem ha-bocher b'ammo Yisrael be-ahava (Blessed are You, O Lord, Who has chosen His people Israel with love.) In the evening service we say ...
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Why K“Yatom and not K”Derobonnon?

In my Artscroll Siddur Yitzchak Yair Hashalem, after the section called Vayiten L'cha there is a small piece of instruction: בכמה קהילות אמרים כאן קדיש יתום In some congregations [people] say here ...
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Why can't you give a bracha to yourself?

I didn't find anywhere people giving brachas to oneself. We find in Tanach people giving brachas to others. It seems one can't give a bracha to oneself. Why not?
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What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla?

What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla? Is it learnt out from תשלומין of korbanos? Also related to this: do the daily karbanos, such as the tamid, have תשלומין if they weren’t brought at ...
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Does one learning individually say the yehi ratzon?

In every Schottenstein Gemara, the front cover comes equipped with two Yehi Ratzon prayers, one before and one after learning. These prayers include phrases that mention learning with a friend/partner....
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What did Avrohom know about the war in Shechem (Rashi on Beraishis 12 (6))?

Rashi on Beraishis 12 (6) says And Abram passed through the land until the place of Shechem: to pray for Jacob’s sons when they would come to wage war in Shechem. So Avrohom knew (prophetically) ...
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Kavanah, Prayer and OCD

Shalom, Well to start off, since a very young age I have suffered from quite severe and crushing OCD (as the title would suggest). Now of course I am used to having such a wicked condition interfere ...
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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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Could one make a mi'shebeirach for a sick animal under these specific circumstances? [duplicate]

The general rule that I am aware of is that we don't make mi'shebeirach for a sick animal. The problem is two-fold (according to my understanding) The animal lacks a Hebrew name. You do not know the ...
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Is there a Jewish equivalent of “Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you.”?

A popular phrase, frequently and wrongly attributed to the Talmud, is "Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you." I am trying to find out if there is ...
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To whom do the terms rishonim and acharonim refer, as used in the morning davening?

The terms rishonim and acharonim are in the morning davening, in the second paragraph after the Shema. To what do these terms refer, as used there? We use those terms to refer to a sages of different ...
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Birchos Hashachar (Morning Brachos) - 'Who spreads the earth above the waters' - why the strange expression?

The Gemoro in Brachos 60b writes that it used to be the practise that as a person woke up, at each stage of him getting ready for the day, he said the relevant bracho. Upon hearing the sound of the ...
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What is ‘kedusha desidra’?

I sometimes see the kedusha of uva letzion referred to as kedusha desidra (e.g. in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 132:2). What is the origin of this phrase? What does it mean?
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How accurate do I have to be in performing mitzvos to time?

We can now measure time more accurately than in the past (see this question). What are the implications? I do not ask about situations where the time is critical for a Torah law where obviously one ...
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Which Hoshana teffilot and Musaf Korbonos go with which days in Israel?‎

I have an Artscroll siddur which lists the different Hoshanos to say on which days of Chol Hamoed Sukkos in America,‎ and also in the Musaf which korbonos to say for each day,‎ but it seems to be ...
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Why do we need to state 2 reasons not to cry out?

During the mi shebeirach for cholim we insert the reason that we temper our cries. On Shabbat, we say "shabbat hi miliz'ok" (the Shabbat forbids us from crying out) and on Yom Tov, we say &...
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Date to Begin Asking for Rain in the Diaspora

In the US we usually start asking for rain in the amida on the fourth of December at night. The halacha states that this is on the sixtieth days of tekufat Tishri (the fall season). But the fall ...
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Do the Five books in Avinu malkeinu have any connection to the book of righteous/sefer Tzadikim?

In Avinu Malkeinu we mention five books, ספר חיים טובים, - book of good life ספר גאולה וישועה, - book of redemption and salvation ספר זכויות, - book of merits ספר פרנסה וכלכלה, - book of income and ...
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Can one say Shir Hamaalos without a Minyan?

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, many congregations say שיר המעלות after Yishtabach. Is there any problem saying שיר המעלות without a minyan?
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Can you say HaShem's name in personal tefillot?

When saying a personal tefilla at the end of shemoneh esrei, and one is saying "May it be Your will, HaShem, etc." is it proper to say HaShem's actual name or not to?

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