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

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Does Zevulun/Issachar agreement extend to prayers?

We know that the ZI"A holds for learning Torah, in other words, Zevulun provides to financial support for Issachar to learn Torah all day. Can that include the Teffilot? If not, can one be extended ...
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Maximizing merits/Mitzvot on Yom Kippur?

If I understand it right, The final verdict of YK is based on weighing one's merits vs sins and not how hard one davens on Yom Kippur. (Based on Rambam's Hichot Teshuva). My logic says that the YK day ...
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The sins mentioned in על חטא - why those?

This question about the "אשמנו" list is still left unanswered. My question is about the apparent inconsistency of the "על חטא שחטאנו" list - so many different categories of sins are listed in the ABC ...
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Why do we daven for what has already been promised?

In the davening of Yom Kippur we ask "ואל תפר בריתך אתנו" that Hashem should not annul his covenant with us (cf page 682 of the Artscroll machzor). But on page 680, we had just read a quote from ...
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What do I say with the tzibbur if I davened already?

I daven mincha earlier in the afternoon but I go to shul for "mincha/maariv" so I'm in the shul when the congregation says mincha. I have learned that one says aleinu with a minyan even if one has ...
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Does the congregation say “am kedoshecha ka'amur” before birchas kohanim?

Does the congregation say "am kedoshecha ka'amur" before birchas kohanim? Or only the chazzan?
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Must a person do Teshuvah on sins done by previous Gilgulim?

I see that the Chayei Adam in Shabbos and Yom Tov Klal 143, in his explanation for Vidui and ideas for sins to include on the list, has an interesting note for the sins beginning with Beis (...
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Why is the final Tefillah of Yom Kippur called Neilah?

On Yom Kippur, we daven our four regular tefillos - Ma'ariv, Shacharis, Mussaf, and Mincha. All of those Tefillos are named after some combination of the time they are at, or Korbanos that were ...
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Making up tachanun

I davened at the early minyan today. After the later minyan (which was already under way by the time we finished Avinu Malkeinu) there is a bris scheduled. Therefore, we did not say tachanun, as per ...
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Recommended changes to the text of selichos when you say them at the “wrong” time

Some of the piyutim in selichos assume that you're saying them at the ideal time - before Amud Hashachar (for example, at the end of selicha #70 שחרנוך קדם עמוד השחר). Many people don't make it at ...
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Rachel veLeah or Leah veRachel? [duplicate]

In prayers such as Avot v’Imahot, Mi Sheberach, and Birkat Kohanin, it is the Reform Jewish custom to chant the names of the Matriarchs in addition to the Patriarchs. Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu v’...
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Text of final blessing following haftarah of Yom Kippur

In my (nusach ashkenaz) machzor for Yom Kippur, the final blessing after the haftarah of shacharit concludes: ודברך אמת וקיים לעד. ברוך אתה ה' מלך מוחל וסולח לעוונותינו וכו'‏ And Your word ...
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Can you stand for the whole service?

During services, sometimes we sit and sometimes we stand, depending on the prayer. For some prayers we are required to stand: Amidah (as its name implies), Shofar, Bar'chu, Alenu, etc. But are we ...
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Is there a minhag NOT to say “Mi Sheberach” for the ill on a weekday Yom Tov?

My shul has some "strange" minhagim that I haven't seen elsewhere. They reserve reciting the prayer for the ill for Shabbat and "regular" weekdays but will specifically not recite it if a Yom Tov ...
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Different groupings for the Shofar soundings

I've seen several arrangements for the 100 shofar blasts done on Rosh Hashanna Both Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard agree on doing 30 before Musaph Nusach Ashkenaz: 3 groups of 10 each during the Amidah ...
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Gentiles/Noahides and Yom Kippur

Can Gentiles/Noahides participate in Yom Kippur and to what extent? I have read by some Rabbis that they not only can but should! Biblical resources would be most helpful. Shalom!
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When did Ma'ariv stop becoming 'optional'?

It's a bit of fun Jewish trivia that Ma'ariv was originally 'optional' (see for example here, and Halachic ramifications of its' original optionality here), but at some point became 'accepted' by ...
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Why is Shacharit the longest of the 3 daily prayers?

Considering that people are rushing to work (It's not just a current concern; This was a concern alluded in the Gemarah in several places, which became part of the concept of torach tzibbur), why was ...
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אין כערכך ואין זולתיך - a mistaken addition?

In Shabbos Morning Davening, we read: אין כערכך ואין זולתך אפס בלתך ומי דומה לך. אין כערכך ה' אלוקינו בעולם הזה ואין זולתך מלכנו לחיי העולם הבא. אפס בלתך גואלנו לימות המשיח ואין דומה לך מושיענו ...
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How/best places to find time to think/reflect during RH/YK davening?

This question is about how to make the yamim noraim services profound cognitive experiences when there is barely time to say the words in the machzor and only rarely time to reflect on the words (e.g.,...
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Why is the whole Yom Kippur avodah said at Musaf?

Yom Kippur Musaf includes a piyut describing the avodah that the Kohen Gadol does on that day. Why is the whole thing said at Musaf? Wouldn't it make sense to say the part about the history of the ...
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Nefilat Apayim on arm without tefilin

The prevalent Ashkenazi custom, with regards to nefilat apayim during shacharit is to lean on the arm that one does not wear his tefilin on. However at mincha the custom is to lean on the left arm. ...
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Why are tears a goal of prayer?

They are numerous examples that point to the fact that having tears during prayer is a goal and also certainly a praiseworthy thing. But why is that? Are all aspects of davening worthy of tears- ...
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Collection of laws of davenning for women?

The laws of davenning for men are codified and also collected in reference volumes (e.g. Tefillo Kehilchoso). Is there a sefer to study which collects the those laws of davenning that apply to women? ...
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Cut-off birkat hamazon

As a complement to this question on Shortened Birkat Hamazon, I would like to better understand the practice I saw of stopping Birkat Hamazon after the fourth blessing on Shabbat and not saying the ...
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Question about placement of 2nd Shacharit Ashrei in Nusah Ashkenaz [duplicate]

This is what I have seen listed in most Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim / occur in most Nusach Ashkenaz shuls: When the Torah is read during Shacharit: On weekdays - The 2nd Ashrei is said after the Torah ...
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What happens if the Chazzan is bareheaded?

Based on something that really happened last week: After completing Mincha, the Shliach Tzibur realized he was bareheaded the entire time. Nobody in the congregation had noticed it. Has the ...
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Can a person who died count to a minyan?

There are many stories, such as an account that one year when there was a person missing for the minyan in Chevron for the Yamim Neoraim Avraham Avinu showed up to be the tenth, (an angel? with Rav ...
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Source of Modim D’Rabbanan

The Shulchan Aruch notes (Orach Chaim 127:1) that Modim D’Rabbanan was ‘ordained by many sages”. But what is the source?
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What is the source and reason for saying L’Dovid during Elul and most of Tishrei?

The minhag I've seen in Ashkenazi synagogues is to say L’Dovid (Tehillim 27) morning and evening, from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeres. The earliest source I can find for this is the Mishnah ...
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“Maaneh Loshn” - מענה לשון

Maaneh Loshn is a profoundly beautiful tefila once said by many people, now mostly said by Lubavitcher Chasidim at their Ohel. 1) Does anyone else say Maaneh Loshn today besides Chabad? 2) The ...
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Welcoming the Mourner in on Friday Night

On Friday night, a mourner, during the first 7 days, a mourner enters shul right before the recitation of Psalm 92 (Mizmor shir l'yom hashabbat). A mourner enters the synagogue on Friday evening ...
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Did Avraham Avinu daven all the tefilos or just Shacharis?

We learn (Brachot 26b): תניא כוותיה דרבי יוסי בר' חנינא אברהם תקן תפלת שחרית שנא' וישכם אברהם בבקר אל המקום אשר עמד שם ... יצחק תקן תפלת מנחה שנאמר ויצא יצחק לשוח בשדה לפנות ערב ואין שיחה אלא תפלה ....
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Is there a prohibition to say Kaddish after a pet (an animal)?

Is there a prohibition to say kaddish for a just died pet (yes, an animal)? This is not similar to this, which asks if there is a prayer for a dying pet, my question is if there is a prohibition to ...
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How do the Israeli Ultra-Yeshivish and Briskers pronounce resh and cholam when they daven and during Torah readings?

I just want to get confirmation if both groups pronounce resh as a velar fricative, uvular fricative, or uvular trill. Also if they pronounce cholam as "oi" for all Hebrew words when they daven and ...
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Is a Minhag for a Baal Teshuva considered a Neder? [duplicate]

A Baal Teshuva that comes from an Ashkenazi family, became observant thru a Chabad house, with no understanding of different Nusachim and no intention to become a Lubavitcher, only to become more ...
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Different spellings of 1st word in middle of Shabbat Musaph

This past Shabbat, someone in my shul showed me a difference in spelling of the first word in the middle prayer of Shabbat Musaph. Most Nusach Ashkenaz and Sephard spell it as תכנת שבת (Loose ...
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Why in the V'ahavta does U'vShacbacha (when you lie down) come before U'vkumecha (when you rise up)?

The order would be more logical if it was when you rise up comes before when you lie down. What do the mfarshim say about this?
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Mixed up sentence in modim

Towards the end of modim in shemonah esrei we say "הטוב כי לא כלו רחמך, המרחם כי לא תמו חסדך.״ Isn't this sentence mixed up, shouldn't it be הטוב כי לא כלו חסדך, המרחם כי לא תמו רחמך. Keeping kindness ...
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What prayers, Psalms or other items are commonly recited on Tu B'Av?

During the past few days, my answering machine, local Jewish newspapers and my email inbox have been inundated with various requests to donate to organizations and / or rabbanim that will daven on Tu ...
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Personal Prayer in שמונה עשרה

The last part of the שמונה עשרה (at the end of אלקי נצור) allows for words of personal prayers. Also, there's a passage in some סידורים where one davens for פרנסה within the שמע קולינו. A) Which ...
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Yehi Ratzon for a Choleh — singular or plural

In the Amida, the bracha of Refa'einu, there is an additional supplication one may add and name a sick person. The text is the same as what is on this card. In my siddurim, I have seen the request in ...
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What is the connection between “sword and … bow” (Genesis 48:22) with “prayer and … supplication” (as rendered by Onkelos)?

What is the connection between "sword and ... bow" (Genesis 48:22) with "prayer and ... supplication" (as rendered by Onkelos)? Verse: וַאֲנִי נָתַתִּי לְךָ שְׁכֶם אַחַד עַל אַחֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר ...
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Size of words in Siddur; from one blessing to the next in the Amidah [duplicate]

I have noticed that some siddurim use different font sizes for different berachot in the Amidah. I initially thought that the larger fonts are used for less frequent parts of the Amidah, to assist the ...
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Shortened Birkat Hamazon

I see mentions of a short version of Birkat Hamazon ("Birkat Hamazon Hakatzar"). R Yitzchak Abadi wrote one "based on the Rambam and other Rishonim", R Yosef Eliyahu Henkin is mentioned here as having ...
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Why is the תפילת גשם, The prayer for rain, said on Shmini Atzeres, rather than on Hashanahah Rabbah?

Mishnah /Rosh Hashanah 1:2 - - משנה ראש השנה פרק א משנה א בְּאַרְבָּעָה פְרָקִים הָעוֹלָם נִדּוֹן, בְּפֶסַח עַל הַתְּבוּאָה, בַּעֲצֶרֶת עַל פֵּרוֹת הָאִילָן, בְּרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה כָּל בָּאֵי ...
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Why do we (Sefaraddim) say 'Tehilat Hashem yedabber pi…' in between 'Asher yatsar' and 'Elohai, neshama' in the morning?

Why do we (Sefaraddim) say 'Tehilat Hashem yedabber pi...' in between 'Asher yatsar' and 'Elohai, neshama' in the morning, since we try to connect to berakhot together?
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Properly focusing attention on Hashem

Recently I've been travelling to places, where I couldn't daven minchah in a synagogue, and in many cases I couldn't determine where mizrach was. In another question we saw that, based on Berakhot 30a,...
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Vowels in tefilat Hashachar

In tefilat "leoylom yehe Odom... " there is a statement ָקַדֵּש אֶת שִמְךָ בְּעוֹלָמֶך Instinctively my tendency is to read beoylomecho with a shevo below the letter beys. But in siddur Tehilas ...
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How many people can truly say that they have truly FOREVER placed their hope in Hashem?

How can every Jew honestly say 3 times each day, in the Shmone Esrei (some days 4 times, and on Yom Kippur 5 times) the words מעולם קיוינו לך - forever we have placed our hope in You. How many ...