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

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The Shaliach tzibbur reciting "Hamelech" on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur from his seat

On both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the shaliach tzibbur chants "Hamelech" at the onset of Shacharis from his seat and then makes his way to the amud. The Aruch HaShulchan, OC 584:1 brings ...
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Any Stories of Tzadikim Praying for their Children?

I am trying to find some stories of tzadikim praying for the success and righteousness of their children. Are there any? I remember only one of the Chatam Sofer saying that his hat was full of tears ...
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Abudraham on the Siddur - Edition

Can someone please recommend an edition of Abudraham's commentary on the siddur? I am looking for an edition that is - A) all-Hebrew b) pleasant to use, with clear print c) up to date (has parts of ...
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Meaning of "gives sight to the blind"?

In the morning blessings, we say a bracha that uses the phrase "gives sight to the blind". What does this phrase mean? Who are the blind who have been given sight? Does the phrase refer ...
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What, if anything, is the minimum amount one must be covered for prayer?

Is there a minimum amount one must be covered for informal prayer? If so, what is the minimum amount one must be covered to be permitted to pray?
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Where do the Jewish prayers in the Siddur come from?

I am new to Judaism, and just bought the transliterated artscroll siddur. I have yet to consume the entire introduction, but have glanced through it, interested in getting to the prayers. I realize I ...
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Orthodox Prayer and Ritual Book in English with physical motions described?

I am a man and new to Judaism, interested in learning more. I have read about the 5 required prayers, and have attended an Orthodox Jewish synagogue a few times, many years ago. I remember early ...
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Davening for Gentiles in Sim Shalom

With the invasion of Ukraine and other atrocities in the back of everyone's mind, I've been wondering if it is proper to pray for Gentiles in the bracha of sim shalom. Obviously the nusach seems to ...
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How long does Netz last?

If one wants to daven Netz (at sunrise) how long of a period does one have to have caught this time? Is it only a few seconds, or longer?
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What’s the source for saying Parshyot Yirah and Teshuva daily?

In many Siddurim, after Shacharit the Parshas of Yirah and Teshuva, both from Sefer Devarim, are written. What is the source for this? NB: Parshas HaMon is usually printed along with them, but I know ...
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Are women bound by the same times for prayer as men?

Halachipedia states: The latest time to say Shmoneh Esrei of Shacharit is the end of the fourth hour (in Shaot Zmaniot). If one has not prayed until the end of the fourth hour, one should pray ...
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Why did Ahron Hakohen not daven to be allowed to Enter E"Y?

How come Ahron Hakohen didn't pray to enter E"Y like moshe did? Did he have less of a desire to enter?
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Why hold only the front 2 tzitzit for baruach sheomar?

The Artscroll siddur says to grasp the front two tzizit while saying baruach sheomar. Why hold only 2 of the 4 tzitzit? For the shema we hold all 4.
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Is davening to Gedolim as a way to uplift tefilos allowed? [duplicate]

I have heard and spoken with many people who talk about the idea of davening to gedolim as a way of uplifting their tefilos. The logic being that the gedolim are on a “higher” level and so can ensure ...
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Kabbalat Shabbat: Two niggunim for Lcha Dodi.... where does that come from? [duplicate]

The minhag of two different niggunim for lcha dodi seems quite strong. What is this based on/where does it come from?
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Why is this person deserving of death?

הַהוּא גַבְרָא דְּקָא מְצַלֵּי אֲחוֹרֵי בֵּי כְּנִישְׁתָּא, וְלָא מַהְדַּר אַפֵּיהּ לְבֵי כְּנִישְׁתָּא. חֲלַף אֵלִיָּהוּ. חַזְיֵיהּ, אִידְּמִי לֵיהּ כְּטַיָּיעָא, אֲמַר לֵיהּ: כְּדוּ בָר קָיְימַתְּ ...
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Mageifah and koritz vs aistrah

I once heard a story regarding a Mageifah (plague) that happened in the times of Reb Pinchas of Koritz and Reb Yaiva of Austra. Reb Pinchas held it was peritzas that caused it and he had a posuk but ...
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Experimental prayers

Shalom. When I discover that I am lacking something that my previous prayers have not got me, I have a tendency to launch into ‘experimental prayers’ - that is, I make requests that I haven’t found in ...
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Personal Fast and Davening

If one is undertaking a personal fast (let's say for teshuvah/kapparah purposes), should one add "Aneinu" to his personal shemoneh esrei at minchah? If one normally says Shalom Rav at Mincha ...
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Praying for others with the same problem

I heard that if you pray for H'shem to help someone who has the same problem as you do, He will answer your needs first. Is this correct?
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Can anyone source this Arizal?

I have heard that Rav Chaim Vital brings down from the Arizal to say “v’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha” before davening. Where can this be found?
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Saying birchos hashachar after maariv?

BH I ran into an interesting dilemma What should one do if one woke up after midnight, davened maariv, then realized one should recite morning brachos for the new day, which began after one woke up ...
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Permissibility of Torah Reading Before Netilat Yadayim

Is it permissible to read Torah or pray before morning netilat yadayim if one says “HaShem” or “Adonai” rather than vocalizing The Divine Name?
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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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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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What is the difference between Yizkor and Eil Molei prayers?

Of course, they differ in text, but in terms of their meaning, they are exactly the same. In fact, these are stylistically different two versions of the same prayer. So can Eil Molei replace Yizkor ...
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לעלם ולעלמי עלמיא - (kaddish) isn't this redundant?

The Artscroll interlinear Siddur translates the words לעלם ולעלמי עלמיא - forever and for all eternity. Don't "forever" and "for eternity" mean the same thing? What is the simple ...
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How to remove foreign thoughts as a preparation for prayer?

(Inspired by this and this question.) Do you have any practical, useful, specific tips to improve davening by getting rid of all the wordly thoughts and occupations? Let's say I commit myself to come ...
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What prayers and psalms are read during shmira near the body of the deceased?

Of particular interest are the prayers and the order of reading the psalms in Nusach Ashkenaz.
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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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Does the Shaliach Tzibur need to be at the Amud throughout Pesukey D'Zimra?

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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