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

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Why do we repeat yhei shmei rabah?

Why does the tzibur repeat y'hei shomei rabah after the Chazan? From a friend. Not why we say it but why does the tzibur repeat it.
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When and by whom were the Piyutim of Channukah written?

There are communities that recite special prayers on Shabbos Channukah they begin with אודך כי אנפת ותשוב. Do we know who wrote these and when?
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Do the Jews of Marakkesh have a particular Nusach?

Is there a particular Siddur or Nusach HaTefilla that is used by the Jews (and their descendants) of Marakkesh (alt. sp. Marrakech), Moroccco? Is it in print and available?
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How to keep up with faster parts of davening

I became more religiously observant nearly 30 years ago, in mid-college. Ever since, I've been living in a Chareidi environment, where the davening is on the slower side (to give you an idea: Weekday ...
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Is it possible to pray that a previous prayer not be answered?

Sometimes we pray for things that we later change our mind about. Is it possible to later regret that prayer and pray that Hashem not answer the previous prayer? Hypothetical for the most extreme case ...
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Is one permitted to face another direction besides towards eretz yisroel when praying?

Assuming one isn't davening in a minyan so as not to disrespect the minyan but if someone is already praying on their own is it permissible to face another direction? "Rebbe Yitzhak said: one who ...
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Why pray for David before praying for prayer?

The Talmud explains the arrangement of the Amidah benedictions in Megillah 17-18. The rationale for placing the prayer for prayer after the prayer for David is given there as follows: וכיון שבא דוד ...
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Reading notes at the Kotel/Western Wall

Someone told me that (1) they took a note out of the Kotel wall, read it, and then (2) prayed for the person who placed the note and their prayer. Is (1) okay, and is it okay (or beautiful) if they do ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

Is there any point at all in davening in such a situation?
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Leshabeichacha and loseis/latet shevach

Towards the beginning of the נוסח אשכנז version of davening, in the section beginning לעולם יהא אדם ירא שמים, we say as follows: לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות לך ולשבחך ולפארך ולברך ולקדש ולתת שבח ...
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Why this specific pasuk when returning the Torah to the Ahron?

Why was " Yehallulu es shaym hashem ..." specifically chosen to be said when we put the Torah back in the Ahron? And why does the shliach tzibur not complete the whole pasuk as is generally ...
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Facing Jerusalem while davening

In a 3 Dimensional geometric structure like a sphere, you can "stand" at any point 'A' and continuously be facing another point 'B' in question. You can stand on the beach of long island and ...
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Does very fast public prayer demonstrate lack of respect for G-d?

Prayer is a human being speaking to Hashem. I would think that this speech should be done in a respectful way. Therefore I ask if the sources (or validated reports) refer to the concept of very fast ...
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Chabad, Prayer, and Corporeality of Hashem

Statement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, regarding 'betten' (beseeching) the Rebbe [quoted here]: “It is not possible to ask a question about a [Rebbe being a] go-between, since this is G-d Himself, ...
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Noise in bet kenesset. Sources in Halakha for stopping this [closed]

If someone is praying in a bet kenesset that let's say is somewhat "chaotic" in its energy... What is the Halakha? People come in with their phones on loud and throughout the whole tefilla ...
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Yom Kippur Katan - Source and Composer

Recently there has been many places that say Yom Kippur Katan prayers at Mincha on Erev Rosh Chodesh. What is the source and who composed the Yom Kippur Katan prayers?
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prostrating during high-holiday [duplicate]

During high-holidays we fully prostrate during certain prayers. However, on the women's side only a few do it (whereas on the men's side, almost everyone does). Are women supposed to fully prostrate ...
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In the Shabbos morning prayers, the refrain of "shochain od" is said. Why is it said in a different order than the verse (Isaiah 57:15) itself?

"...כִּי֩ כֹ֨ה אָמַ֜ר רָ֣ם וְנִשָּׂ֗א שֹׁכֵ֥ן עַד֙ וְקָד֣וֹשׁ שְׁמ֔וֹ מָר֥וֹם וְקָד֖וֹשׁ אֶשְׁכּ֑וֹן" is how the verse reads. Most siddurim read שׁוכֵן עַד מָרום וְקָדושׁ שְׁמו, yet ...
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Nusach Sefard Tachanun solution

Nusach Sefard begins Tachanun with "Elokenu V'Elokai Avoseinu". At times a person begins saying these words as soon as the Shliach Tzibur completes the repetition of Shemona Esrei, and then ...
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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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What is the point of Davening/Praying

What is the point of praying? It is for sure not because Hashem needs/wants it. (Hashem is not lacking in any way he is infinite, and thus does not need our tefillos or our mitzvos) And it seems ...
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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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What are the halachic issues when the 10th man arrives after the first 9 have already completed the Amida?

For example, this morning I was one of the first nine men at Shacharis. After we completed the silent Amida we waited for a tenth to arrive. We then repeated the Amida and proceeded with Tachanun etc. ...
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Waiting for someone to finish prayer at Torah reading

Consider a minyan of exactly 10 adult males. When they are about to remove the Torah from the ark, they realise that one of their friends is still is in his silent prayer. Can they proceed with the ...
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Should we never begin a sentence with God's name?

The Talmud (Nedarim 10b) says: Do not say "l'Hashem korban" but rather "korban l'Hashem" to avoid [possibly] saying God's name in vain. Presumably, the fear is that you could collapse and die right ...
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Reconciling keeping up with tzibbur, and not making a hefsek

If one reaches the end of Pezukei Dezimra, for example, one often waits for the shaliyach hatzibur to get to where you are up to, and sing Yishtabach with them. This is one example among many where I ...
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Can anyone, as a non-Jew, ask Jews to pray for them?

Can anyone, as a non-Jew, ask Jews to pray for them? Just the normal things (not to lose against evil, for a healthy and happy life, that sort of thing). Under what situations would a Jew be permitted ...
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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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Shofar as daily call to prayer?

I remember learning that either during the first or second temple the shofar was blown as a daily call to prayer, or perhaps it was in Talmudic times. Anyone know a source for this?
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Was there a custom of praying twice a day and what was it like?

The Talmud [Berachot 26b] gives two opinions about the origin of the daily prayers: Prayers replace two daily sacrifices in the Temple. Prayers are composed in honor of the forefathers Abraham, ...
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Phrasing in unetanah tokef

This question bothers me each time the High Holidays come around. In the text for Unetaneh Tokef, we find the sequence: מִי יָנוּחַ, וּמִי יָנוּעַ; מִי יִשָּׁקֵט, וּמִי יְטֹּרֵף; מִי יִשָּׁלֵו, ...
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Why does Wednesday's shir shel yom include part of the next perek?

The Shir Shel Yom is (usually) a chapter of Tehillim said at the end of davening, unique to each day. That applies for every day except Wednesday. In some (many) customs, Wednesday's song is Tehillim ...
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Why do we start minchah, mussaf, and neilah shemoneh esrei differently?

Before reciting the verse from Psalms 51:17 that precedes the silent prayer, many traditions add the sentence from Haazinu (Devarim 32:3) before the minchah, musaf and neilah: כִּ֛י שֵׁ֥ם יְהוָ֖ה ...
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Tefilla b’Tzibur during Bayis HaRishon?

During the תקופתו של בית הראשון and even before, did forms of Tefilla and Limud b’Tzibur/ Basei Knessios exist among people? During my years in Yeshiva, this topic was gently discussed. I remember ...
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Gra’s opinion on tehillim?

I heard that the Gra was against Tehillim being stated in public to the point where he would even say that Kabbalat Shabbat should be performed at home? I have two questions on this, number one is ...
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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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Tevilas Ezra on Shabbos

Does any source speak about טבילת עזרא specifically in the context of שבת? I am asking because relations on שבת is indicated to be a preferred/ideal time (based on certain sources (e.g. בבא קמא פב ע&...
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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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If Hashem doesn't change, how does prayer work?

If Hashem is perfect and unchanging, how can we pray to Him to have mercy on us? Doesn't that imply a change? I've heard it implied that the way this works is that the prayer itself has the effect ...
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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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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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Question of a formulaic irregularity in the korbanos reading of the morning service

In the korbanos reading of the morning service, they all begin with vayomer h' el moshe l'emor... except the ketores which skips l'emor, saying only vayomer h' el moshe kach lcha... why?
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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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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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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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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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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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Why do we only put on tefillin once a day?

I have heard it said (but have no source) that the obligation to wear tefillin covers the entire day, and that people used to actually wear their tefillin all day long. (Various passages that I have ...
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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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