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

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Why are there different נוסחאות when making a bracha over a mitzvah? [duplicate]

How come some of the berachos we say over mitzvah have the נוסח of : אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו על אכילת מצה,על נתילת ידים, etc. While over other mitzvahs we say אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וציוונו לקבוע מזוזה,...
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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 Tzibbur absent from the Omud during most of Pesukei Dezimro

I observed a shul where the Shaliach Tzibbur left the Omud after saying Korbonos and only returned to say the concluding part of Pesukei Dezimro. What is the origin of this practice?
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How to predict a prayer direction in the east relative to Jerusalem? [duplicate]

Is it possible to say that in a location that has sunset before Jerusalem, in this location the sunset is the direction of the prayer? In other words, if we are in a place that is East of Jerusalem, ...
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What does מחיה מתים אתה mean?

In the Amidah, does מחיה מתים אתה mean "You revive the dead" or "You are a reviver of the dead"? If it means the former, how does God presently revive the dead? Please provide ...
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Recitation of Hallel Accompanied by an Aramaic Targum? (in Megilla 21b)

I recently noticed in גמ' מגילה כא עמוד ב a possibility that there was some point where Targum accompanied the public recitation of the Hallel, due to the line: "ובהלל ובמגילה אפילו עשרה קורין ...
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Should one volunteer to be shliach tzibbur if no one else has gone up?

I am aware that Poskim have mentioned it’s appropriate to at first turn down the offer to lead the Tefillah. However, if time for Minyan has started and no one has gone up to lead, is it proper or ...
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What is the "threefold sanctification" that is referred to in Tachanun?

The Tachanun prayer includes the language, "those who proclaim three-fold sanctifications to the Holy One". What are the "three-fold sanctifications"? Are they the "al hamicha&...
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Conversational prayer

Are short, few-second prayers permissible, or should prayer be more formal? For example, if I hear news that a family member is not feeling well, am I able to pray, "Please be with them that they ...
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Does the Tanakh ever require a dress code for prayer?

Does the Tanakh teach that a certain minimum dress code is required for prayer? I'm under the impression that the Tanakh doesn't teach such, but that it originates from other sources. If I'm incorrect,...
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RE: Chida prayer for love and unity

From what source is the Chida's prayer for the unity and love of Israel? It's on p 212-213 of the RCA's Siddur Avodat Halev, but it's unsourced besides saying the Chida wrote it. Halp?
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Is there a possibility to pray to north or south in some countries in the world?

Is there a possibility to pray towards north or south in some countries in the world? or it is always towards eastern or western directions (depending on the country obviously)?
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Where is this Rashba on prayer?

I remember I read that the Rashba has a beautiful piece of advice for Tefilla (prayer): To always remember what he have is due to HaShem’s kindness, to always remember that HaShem is capable of ...
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Why do we sing Adon Olam at the end of Tefila in Shabbat whereas in regular day before it?

What is the difference between saying Adon Olam at the end of Tefila and its start? Why do we sing Adon Olam at the end of Tefila in Shabbat whereas in regular day before it?
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May one daven Shemona Esrai in a regular (rather than low) voice, if one is davening by oneself and there's no one around you to distract or disturb? [duplicate]

Shalom--Can one daven Shemonah Esrai in a regular (rather than whispering voice) if one is davening alone at home and there's no one to distract or disturb?
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Why is it important to state that Avraham was a prophet?

In Beresheet 20:7 it says: "וְעַתָּה הָשֵׁב אֵשֶׁת הָאִישׁ כִּי נָבִיא הוּא וְיִתְפַּלֵּל בַּעַדְךָ וֶחְיֵה וְאִם אֵינְךָ מֵשִׁיב דַּע כִּי מוֹת תָּמוּת אַתָּה וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לָךְ" "...
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Did Am Israel pray for the mann to fall in the desert?

The people of Israel in the desert: should pray for the mann to fall the next day? Because it was sure that the mann will fall the next morning. If yes: does anyone know what prayer they should say?
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Stretching out arms in prayer?

There was a deleted question earlier this week asking about the parameters of spreading out one's hands in prayer, something which was very common in Tanach as part of prayer (e.g., Shemos 9:33). When ...
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When did Tehillim become the "go to" sefer in times of need?

Having spent some time with my Tanach over the weekend I suddenly realized that Tehillim is a part of Tanach along with every other sefer. I was wondering when did Tehillim become the book that people ...
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Question about shacharit/ma'ariv at home (ashkenazi) [closed]

I'm somewhat new to practicing Judaism in my daily life, and don't live anywhere near a minyan that I could daven shacharit and ma'ariv with (outside of shabbat). I know that a lot of people cut ...
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How to have Hashem listen to/respond to your tefillos

I've spent years davening incessantly for a shidduch, and recently I've tried to be more consistent about being kovea ittim, but unfortunately none of it seems to have any impact at all. Are there ...
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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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Pray barefoot or not?

At the burning bush, God told Moses: Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. [Ex. 3:5]. Later, the kohanim served barefoot in the Temple. But the Talmud ...
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Why add Adon Olam and Yigdal Elokim at the end of Shabbat Tefila [duplicate]

Many communities sing Adon Olam and Yigdal Elokim at the end of the Shabbat Tefila evening and morning. What is the source for this minhag and why are these particular songs are added? On Shabbat ...
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Why is a word added to Yishtbach in Shabbat?

According to Nusach Sfard (Ashkenazi) the word Uvechen (ובכן) is added before Yishtabach (ישתבח). Although the content of the Yishtabach tefila is same as every regular day. What is the reason for the ...
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Origins of kriat shema [duplicate]

I'm looking for sources that discuss when it became a common practice to recite the shema. The gemara in berakhot says "m'eimotai korin et shema", when do we recite the shema, but doesn't ...
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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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