Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Barchi Nafshi on Rosh Hashana

Why don't we say Barchi Nafshi on Rosh Hashanah like we say it on all other Rosh Chodesh.
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

What is the law of praying with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat? Please include various categories of tefilla, including making a bracha, saying amen, giving someone a ...
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what is the reason the 54 names of Hashem Are written the way they are

In Sharei Orah 1 the english translation on sefaria says "know that HaShem-יהו"ה, blessed is He, has נ"ד-54 squared names" In another book they pointed to Pardes Rimmonim 2 where I ...
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Prayer by a non-Jew for a Jew

Does anyone know of sources which discuss prayer by a non-Jew on behalf of Jew? Just as we pray for a fellow Jew in time on need or otherwise, what about a non-Jew who, lehavdil, "prays" ...
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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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Outdoor prayer facing rainbow

Berakhot 59a אמר רבי אלכסנדרי אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי הרואה את הקשת בענן צריך שיפול על פניו שנאמר כמראה הקשת אשר יהיה בענן וגו׳ ואראה ואפל על פני לייטי עלה במערבא משום דמחזי כמאן דסגיד לקשתא אבל ברוכי ...
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Biblical passages after tefillin brachot

Is it a requirement to read the two passages directly after wrapping (V’ydaber Hashem el Moshe l’mor and Vehaya ki yviacha)? What if one is in a hurry? Thanks!
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Can one man count in two minyanim at same time

According to Halacha, if there are two minyanim is it permissible for both of them to count one man in a minyan at the same time? Or no, can he only count for one?
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Plural and Singular in Prashat VeHaya Im Shamoa [duplicate]

In the Parshat VeHa'ya Im Shamoa (the second Parshah of the Kriyat Shema), the verse begins with the plural:והיה אם שמוע תשמעו... ולמדתם אותם את בניכם And you put these words on your hearts and minds, ...
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Yisgadal or Yisgadel?

I've noticed that some people, when reciting kaddish, pronounce the first words as "yisgadal v'yiskadash" with a patach under the dalet of both words, while others say "yisgadel v'yisgadesh" with a ...
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What’s the source of davening twords the wall?

BH What’s the source or is there a source of davening facing towards the wall and not if someone is in front of you? Is the optimum way to daven facing right towards the wall and not behind someone ...
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Are all prayers answered?

Please watch this video on YouTube by Rabbi Zamir Cohen regarding prayer. https://youtu.be/-dT8TaWdWSo?si=4eNFXHOyVMZ1b9s6 Does Hashem answer ALL our prayers no matter what we ask for? #1."no ...
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Can one do double tashlumin

According to Halacha, if one misses both shacharit and minchah in the same day, can one do tashlumin for both at maariv? Or can one only do tashlumin for one Amidah?
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Is hitbodedut considered a mitzvah?

Do personal prayers to Hashem (hitbodedut) fulfill a mitzvah? It would be a great incentive for me to pray more.
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Do we pronounce the name of G-d in Aleinu?

I noticed in Aleinu that at the end, we say "בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד". I was wondering if someone could tell me about the origins of this line. Specifically, when we say יִהְיֶה ...
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Can one fulfill Tefilla obligation in a free-form manner? [duplicate]

According to those who say Tefilla is a chiyuv, is the Shemone Esrei the only way to complete the obligation? If all one does is talk to HaShem "free-form" i.e., in English in their own ...
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What happens if I forget to say the Pasuk before Shemonah Esrei - "ה" שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך"?

Every Tefilah, before Shemonah Esrei, we say a Pasuk from Tehillim - "ה" שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך" What should I do if I leave out the Pasuk?
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Does the Sh’ma have to be said verbally

According to Halacha, does the Sh’ma prayer have to be recited out loud? Or can it be read by oneself? I mean B’dieved, Lechatlicha it is likely preferable to verbalize it.
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Can one keep shkiah of the Gra on one day and shkia of Rabenu taam the next day

I'm trying to understand zmanim. When I go to work, I have to find a Mincha before I finish work at 5PM during the winter. But according to the opinion of Rabeinu taam I can daven Mincha after work. ...
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Can one say amen to a blessing invoked by a Christian?

I was watching the blessings recited by clergy of various religions at the currently ongoing Republican National Convention to see if the blessings were made generally to G-d, or if the one giving the ...
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Our Father who art in heaven

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we ...
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Bare-bones Amidah

If you are pressed for time during prayer, would it be OK to say only the blessings when you come to the Amidah, and skip the rest? I know it's not officially sanctioned, but would it be acceptable?
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Would Kavanah (intention) be the appropriate word for applying physical effort to a prayer goal or is there another word/concept for it?

There's an expression, "Pray, but move your feet." The idea of the expression is it's great to pray for things but don't think that means you are excused from putting in effort to work ...
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Inconsistency in adding Gen 1:31 to Gen 2:1-3 on Friday Nights

We say Gen 2:1-3 three times each Friday evening, once in the Amida, once after the Amida and once in the Fri Night Kiddush (Vayachulu hashamaim vehaaretz vechol tzvaam). Only one time do we preface ...
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How can He reign over no subjects? [אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור נברא]

אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור How can He have "reigned" over no one? Shouldn't another term have been used? אין מלך בלא עם ! (I'd also like to hear an explanation from Chassidus.) Possible ...
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Why stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat?

In the shuls I've davened in (American, Ashkenazi), we always stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat. Why do we do this? What makes it different from the other psalms?
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What language should you pray in, if not Hebrew?

If someone were multilingual but could not speak Hebrew, what language would it be preferable for them to pray in? For example, someone who can speak English, Spanish, and Korean only. This is ...
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Is it acceptable to bring trivial requests to God? [duplicate]

I think that seeking divine assistance should be reserved for significant concerns such as health or crucial life decisions, and that matters of lesser importance such as minor daily inconveniences, ...
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Ashkenazi hoshanot schedule when first day Sukkot is Monday

When the first day of sukkot is a Monday, the following is the standard Ashkenazi hoshanot schedule for the first six days (found in all siddurim/machzorim that I've seen and e.g. in Levush here): ...
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No minyan at shul

If a person goes to shul and there is no minyan (somewhere where there usually is one): Does that person still have the same obligation to find another minyan? Or, are there any opinions that hold ...
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Why are רצה and שים שלום classified as thanksgiving and not as petitionary?

Rambam writes regarding the makeup of shemoneh esrei (tefilah 1:4) that שָׁלֹשׁ רִאשׁוֹנוֹת שֶׁבַח לַה' וְשָׁלֹשׁ אַחֲרוֹנוֹת הוֹדָיָה. וְאֶמְצָעִיּוֹת יֵשׁ בָּהֶן שְׁאֵלַת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים שֶׁהֵן ...
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forgot birkas hachodesh

If a congregation forgot to say birkas hachodesh on the Shabas before rosh chodesh, should it say it another time? When? (Does it, perhaps, depend on what day(s) of the week rosh chodesh is?) Note: ...
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Halacha Pesuka before Tefilla

Rabannan in Berakhot 31a say that we should stand to pray "מתוך הלכה פסוקה". But later the Gemara says that Rabannan acted in accordance with the Mishna (30b; 5:1), while on the other hand ...
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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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Obligation to stand while praying on public access transportation

According to the answers to this question one doesn’t have to stand while praying on an airplane. My question is, what is the Halacha regarding standing on a thing of public access transportation and ...
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וכתוב לחיים טובים כל-בני בריתך - addition for 10 days of teshuva

In Nusach Edot haMizrach, we say וכתוב לחיים טובים כל-בני בריתך between וכל החיים יודוך סלה And ויהללו ויברכו... Is there a source explaining why we put it there, instead of before וכל, and why this ...
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Can I fulfill my chiyuv to daven outside of the Shemone Esrei text?

If I choose to talk to HaShem in English, and didn’t recite Shemone Esrei, would that fulfill my obligation to daven (for that zman of tefillah)?
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עוֹשֶׂה חֲדָשׁוֹת - what is this referring to?

In the morning berachot of Shema, we call Hashem עוֹשֶׂה חֲדָשׁוֹת - Doer/Former of Novelties. What does this mean? What is it referring to? Possibly referring to the "הַמְחַדֵּשׁ בְּטוּבוֹ ...
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Minhag hamakom, minhag avot, tefillah in synagogue, minhag at home

We suppose that a Jew lives in a city where there are synagogues that follow his minhag avot, but in that city there are also synagogues that do not follow his minhag avot. Halakhically, can he do the ...
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Heter for "saying tehilim"

Rambam writes (avodah zarah 11:12): הַלּוֹחֵשׁ עַל הַמַּכָּה וְקוֹרֵא פָּסוּק מִן הַתּוֹרָה, וְכֵן הַקּוֹרֵא עַל הַתִּינוֹק שֶׁלֹּא יִבָּעֵת, הַמַּנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אוֹ תְּפִלִּין עַל הַקָּטָן ...
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List of “essential prayers”?

If someone is learning how to pray and wants to start with the essentials - to not be overwhelmed by too much at once - or if someone is limited in time available to pray, what are the core (most ...
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Saying Amein in a Tefilla

In certain prayers, the congregation interjects the word Amein after certain words/phrases. In The Ya'aleh V'yavo, I hear it in the last section, amidst these three statements זָכְרֵנוּ ה' ...
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Thanking Christian for his prayers

Taking into account that Christianity is Avoda Zara I would like to ask the following question. I met a missionary last night who started off the conversation saying that he prays for Israel and then ...
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How to understand the sun, moon, heavens, etc. praising G?

Psalm 148 talks of the sun, moon, heavens, stars, and more giving praise to G. How can we understand this concept of inanimate objects praising G?
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Saying Havineinu during the rainy season

The Mishnah Berakhot 4:3 introduces the abridged Amida, known as Havineinu (due to its' opening word). The Gemara Berakhot 29a provides the text of this abridged Amida, in the name of Shmuel. Within ...
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Jerusalem Uninhabited?

The Nachem prayer for tisha b'av describes he city as השוממה מאין יושב, "desolate without inhabitant." What does this mean? In what way was Jerusalem desolate without inhabitants? Does this have a ...
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How Should We Wait for Moshiach?

While listening carefully to Eicha, I came across a possuk (Eicha 3:26) that says: ט֤וֹב וְיָחִיל֙ וְדוּמָ֔ם לִתְשׁוּעַ֖ת יְהֹוָֽה׃ - It is good to wait patiently till rescue comes from the LORD."...
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Requests in the Amidah - hide and seek

The Amidah standing prayer is at the center of our tefillos. Every Amidah has three blessings of praise (שבח) at the beginning, and the blessings of thanks (הודאה) at the end. The weekday Amidah has ...
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Explanation of this verse in Psalm 137

אַשְׁרֵ֤י שֶׁיֹּאחֵ֓ז וְנִפֵּ֬ץ אֶֽת־עֹ֝לָלַ֗יִךְ אֶל־הַסָּֽלַע׃ A blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks! Psalms 137:9 This verse doesn't sit well with me... It ...
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Obligation to pray in minyan in less than 1km (distance) or 18 min (time)

A Jew who lives less than 1 kilometer (walking) or less than 18 minutes (driving) from a minyan is obligated to pray in that minyan. What do these halachos look like if the Jew needs to travel more ...

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