Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Are we required to use the Hebrew pronunciation of our minhag?

Are we required to use the Hebrew pronunciation of our minhag in tefilah and for brachot? What is the source for this? I'm of Yekke Ashkenazi background but as a baal teshuva learnt Hebrew with a ...
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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

Inspired by an answer here: Does the recitation of Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan? I was always under the impression that we do it together by convention rather than necessity, but one could ...
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Is there any reason for the order of the attributes “grace, kindness and mercy” in tefillah?

There seems to be a consistency in tefillah (prayer) that the attributes חן וחסד ורחמים - (my translation) "grace, kindness and mercy" - appear specifically in this order. Five samples that I can ...
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Prayer for Illness - Why use the mothers name?

Why when someone is sick do we say his mothers name not his father's?
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Is a blind person required to cover their eyes during Shema?

During the Shema we cover our eyes. The act implies that one is shielding their sight during the prayer. If an individual happens to be blind, are they still required to do this as a symbolic action ...
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Why not fulfill the birchat hashachar with the leader?

In many Shuls, the Shaliach Tzibbur starts the morning service by saying the list of brachot of Birchot hashachar. After that the individuals repeat these brachot to themselves. Why do the ...
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Why bow differently for Borachu and Amida?

When bowing for three brachot in the Amida I've seen some people bend their knees. For Borachu I've seen those people do not bend the knees. What is the logic or source underlying this difference in ...
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Appropriate to slightly modify wording as one recites siddur prayers?

For instance, if the wording states "protect me," could one add "me and my family?" Or if the wording refers to "we" (plural) could it be modified to "I" (singular) or vice-versa?
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Is a man permitted to petition for permitted sexual relations during the Amidah?

Would a man be permitted to ask Hashem to bring about permitted sexual acts with his current or future wife as part of the requests he makes during the Amidah, given that we are generally highly ...
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How should one inflicted with DID (Dissociative identity disorder) pray? [duplicate]

I know someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder - a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states) and want to try to get her to pray. But,...
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Is there a concept of a “Makom Kavu'ah” in a public area?

Some time ago, I was sitting on a NYC subway train on my way to work. A frum guy approached me and asked if I would mind moving as I was sitting in his "makom kavu'ah" (designated place). I was ...
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Fasting to increase chances of getting prayer answered

It used to be that rabbis made the community fast to increase their chances of getting their prayers answered. This was done particularly if rain was late in coming. (The first thing God promises if ...
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If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable to pray alone with Hanetz or later with the Minyan? [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch: Orach Chaim: Siman 89 says that the ideal time to pray Sh'moneh Esrei is at Hanetz hachamah. If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable ...
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An “Aveil” at Shabbat Mincha

An aveil (mourner) does not practice public aveilut (mourning) on Shabbat (Ketubot 4a), though he is still in aveilut and there is some impact on what he can and can't do. Would the presence of an ...
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Do mourners change their seats in shul today?

The g'mara on Moed Katan 23a says that after shiva, when the mourner stays at home, he can return to shul but does not sit in his usual seat. (According to this g'mara, he returns to his usual seat a ...
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Is tachanun omitted if the mourner in Shiva isn't part of the minyan?

I was at a shiva minyan this morning but the mourner was not there (he was running late from the airport and some people could not wait). He showed up in the middle and went in to another room, then ...
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What defines a “mourner's home” (bet aveil)?

I'm asking this as a follow-up to this question. Certain prayers such as tachanun are omitted when praying in a mourner's home. OU says that this is true even if the mourners are not present. ...
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Is there a halachik problem with wearing shorts while davening?

I have often heard that one should not wear shorts while davening. This makes intuitive sense to me that we should do this out of respect. But is there any halachic reasoning behind this? Is it ...
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Kavanoth in prayer: personal or not?

I am not a student of kabbalah, however I have a fundamental question about prayer with kavanoth (and in fact prayer in general, assuming that the effect of kavanoth is there even when one does not ...
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Minhag to pause in middle of birkas kriyas shema

Many (if not all) shuls that I have been to have it such that in the first bracha of kriyas shema everyone reads until וכלם פותחים את פיהם בקדשה ובטהרה, בשירה ובזמרה, ומברכים ומשבחים ומפארים ...
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Is there a tefilah/segulah requesting that bowel and intestine should work?

My brother-in-law is critically ill in ICU and some of his organs have stopped working. My sister whatsapped me this morning: "Intestines not working. Abdomen so Swollen. Cannot take in any feeds. ...
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When beseeching God, why does the kohein gadol appeal to “the torah of Moshe” and not directly to “your torah”?

Yoma 6:2 reports what the kohein gadol says over the goat to be offered: “Please, ‘Hashem’! They have done wrong, they have transgressed, they have sinned before You, Your people the House of ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

If one made havdalah over wine before praying maariv, and then in maariv he forgot to say chonantanu and has already completed shemoneh esrei, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei?
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Why ken yehi ratzon and not Amen? [duplicate]

Why is that in the Ashkenaz circles (non Sephardi) by the daily birchat kohanim, the congregation responds “Ken yehi ratzon” rather than the usual response of Amen, after a blessing is recited? Why ...
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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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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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Is it permissible to give someone money for davening?

Suppose if I had a brother that doesn't daven, and no matter how much you advice he won't daven, but he cares about money so if you give him money he will start davening, and if I kept giving him ...
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Why do the “Shtei HaLechem” not play a prominent part in the davenning for Shavuos?

The “Shtei HaLechem” are brought on Shavuos accompanied by 1 bull, 2 ram, 9 sheep and a goat. In the prayers for Shavuos (excluding piyyutim) the only mention of any of that is in the verse ...
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Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov

A shul in my city made an early maariv for the 2nd day of yom tov. Knowing who the Rabbi is, he did not do this out of ignorance. There are 2 issues I am unclear about: Are there contemporary ...
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What is the source for some Ashkenazim not reciting Lamnatzeiach on Isru Chag?

Mishnah Berurah 131:35 lists the following days on which Ashkenazim do not recite Lamnatzeiach (Tehillim 20) during weekday Shacharit between Ashrei and Uva LeTzion: Rosh Chodesh Chanukah Purim Erev ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

When is a mechitza (partition) required for separation between men and women for davening (prayers)? Is this only in a shul (synagogue) or anywhere men are praying? Is there a minimum amount of women ...
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Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? [closed]

Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? It can be very irritating to someone. can somebody daven at home so that they can have proper kavannah during davening by avoiding those ...
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What kind of Shacharis Tashlumin

I'm aware of this question Halachic justification to not pray the amidah before zman t'filah? which says that according to some, you don't need to do tashlumin for shacharis after chatzos since it'...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

During Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos, we describe the Yom Tov as "this day of the holiday of Shavuos, the time of giving our Torah" (יום חג השבועות הזה זמן מתן תורתינו). Before we had a fixed ...
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Is it better to answer kaddish or use that time to catch up?

You've fallen behind because you can't keep up with congregation's prayer speed and the chazzan begins to say kaddish. Which option is preferable? A. Pause your own prayer, answer kaddish completely, ...
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Why don’t we say “vetein tal lev’racha”?

According to those who say “morid hatal” in the second b’racha of Shemoneh Esrei between Pesach and Sukkos, why don’t they also say vetein tal lev’racha in the ninth b’racha (instead of vetein b’racha)...
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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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Why use a gendered MiShebeirach for sick people?

During leining, many synagogues have someone recite a prayer on behalf of sick people. The version I grew up with was for cholim (males) with the language including a reference to רמ"ח איבריו ושס"ה ...
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Why, how, and when the switch from “הנותן תשועה למלכים” to “אבינו שבשמים”?

Most נוסח אשכנז prayer books I've seen, published in the mid twentieth century, had a prayer for the welfare of the national government and governors that began "הנותן תשועה למלכים". It's also found ...
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Why extra words in birchat ha hodesh in Israel?

Some siddurim (e.g., in the Koren but not in the Artscroll) have extra words in the last paragraph, to be said in Israel, asking for additional blessings, including rain. Why do we who are outside ...
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Why do we say Barchu during davening when we don’t do so during Zimun?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 192:1): ואם הם ארבעה יכול לומר ברכו שאכלנו משלו אבל יותר טוב לומר נברך שלא להוציא עצמו מן הכלל If they [who are eating together] are four, [the leader] may say, “...
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Why announce Mashiv Haruach and not Vtein Tal?

When we start saying mashiv haruach there is an important requirement of announcing the liturgical change. If one does not hear the announcement, one does not say mashiv until the community would have ...
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Detergent smell during davening

When one realizes during davening that there is a smell of detergent on ones hands (chlorine), even though the hands were washed with water prior to davening, is the prayer void and does the person ...
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Mistake first night of Pesach vs Dec 4 on Friday night

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes in Siman 19 Halacha 9, that if one began his Shemoneh Esrei on the first night of Pesach and he accidentally began saying a weekday amidah and he came to the Bracha of ...
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No mention of Korban Tamid in Amida

During Musaf, the specific sacrifices that were brought for Musaf are always mentioned, quoting the specific verses in the Torah that involve those sacrifices. However, even though תפי­לות במקום ...
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Should one pray for something to happen or for the strength to do it oneself?

I was wondering if it is better to pray for a solution to a problem or pray for the strength to do it oneself. I would also be happy for a link to a passing prayer or discussion. Thank you!
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Praying for too much

The following Talmud passage (Taanit 8b) indicates we must not pray for too many things: In the days of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani there was a famine and a deadly plague. People asked: “What shall ...
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Why do we recite Oseh Shalom at end of Amiday [duplicate]

Elokai Ntsor is a private meditation yet it ends with Oseh Shalom-V'imru Amen. Imru Amen is plural and the meditation is private implying some kind of mixed message. Could it be that since everyone is ...
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Why do people frequently change tunes toward the end of Lecha Dodi?

Frequently, perhaps even most of the time, I've noticed that the chazan (prayer leader) for Kabalat Shabbat switches tunes for the last four verses of Lecha Dodi. Is there any reason for this, or are ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...