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Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Why is the afternoon prayer called minchah?

The first mishnah in the fourth chapter of Berachot reads: תפילת השחר עד חצות ... תפילת המנחה עד הערב ... תפילת הערב אין לה קבע The morning prayer may be recited until midday ... The ...
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Davening to change nature

In Mashcehes Brachos (Bavli) 60 the Gemara states that one should not pray that his unborn baby be a boy if it's after the time the baby has formed already in the womb. However, in Masheches Brachos ...
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Is one allowed to break up the shofar blowing grouping to other than what the siddur indicates?

Most siddurim (Nusach Ashkenaz Sefard) group the shofar blowing as follows: 30 blasts before Musaph divided as: A 3 times Tekiah Shevarim-Tru'ah Tekiah B 3 times Tekiah Shevarim Tekiah C 3 times ...
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“Eis” instead of “es” in the crop b'racha in the Amida

The ninth b'racha of the amida begins with the words בָּרֵךְ עָלֵינוּ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ אֶת הַשָּׁנָה הַזֹּאת וְאֶת כָּל מִינֵי תְּבוּאָתָהּ לְטוֹבָה where both את are vocalized with segol (three ...
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Phrasing of refuah prayer when praying for a non-Jew

How would you phrase a refuah (recovery from illness) tefillah (prayer) for a sick gentile? "Thomas ben [=son of] Mary"? "Thomas Smith"? Is it appropriate to include the name during the ...
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Why is sleep described as imprisonment?

Every night, we make the Berachah of המפיל חבלי שנה על עיני, Who causes the binds of sleep to fall on my eyes (Berachos 60b; SA OC 239:1), and in the morning, we make the Berachah of מתיר אסורים, Who ...
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Tefilah, birkat kohanim bowing vs. oseh shalom

Weekdays, by the repetition of the Amida, it is the Ashkenazik custom for the chazzan to say an abridged version of Birkat cohanim. The Artscroll siddur says the chazzan is to bow to the right side ...
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To what crying was Hashem responding?

In Bereishit 21, Avraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out with water. When the water is done, she sends him over to some trees and removes herself so as not to see his suffering. According to pasuk 16, she ...
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Is there a preference for a grandson or for another person to say kaddish if the son is indisposed

Is there a preference for a grandson or for another person to say kaddish if the son is indisposed? I am asking this generally, although I was motivated by the following scenario: I have yahrzeit ...
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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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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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Are Samaritans viewed as adherents of Judaism?

In Judaism, particularly from an Orthodox perspective, are Samaritans seen as fellow Jews? Sometimes I see their religion referred to as 'Samaritanism', sometimes as Judaism. Also, is it halachically ...
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Tenth arrives during or after the silent shemonei esreh - sources

What responsa are there on whether to have chazaras hashatz when the tenth arrives (completing the minyan) during or even after the tefillah b'lachash (silent prayer)?
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Shabbos Shacharis Shemoneh Esrei: Why V'shamru?

In Shabbos day Shemoneh Esrei, we describe Moshe receiving the Mitzvah of Shabbos on Har Sinai. It says that he received the Luchos, on which were written the Mitzvah of Shabbos, "and so too is it ...
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Praying in “multifaith spaces” in airports and other institutions

In airports and hospitals and such, you can often find "multifaith spaces". Is it permitted to pray in them? These "interfaith prayer chapels" are not churches: they're completely neutral rooms and ...
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Where to daven in Logan airport (Boston)?

Is there a convenient place to daven in Boston's Logan airport around 7:30 am?
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Davening in a non-sectarian chapel? [duplicate]

What are the various positions on davening in a non-sectarian chapel, such as at an airport? (I presume there are various positions, but I do not know. I read one position many years ago arguing ...
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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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A few questions on the meaning of טל

What do the words "מוריד הטל" mean? Dew does not "fall" or "come down". Also what do the words "ותן טל...לברכה" mean? What is an example of טל not לברכה?
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Half Aleinu outside a shul

Has anyone heard of the minhag to say Aleinu only until "Al ken Nekave Lach" (only the 1st paragraph) if one is not praying in a synagogue? I've been told a number of times about this practice in ...
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Use of definite article (ה) in יהי רצון … מצות התלוים

The paragraph after the ברכה (b'racha) of ציצת (tzitzis) ends with the expression " וְתַרְיַ"ג מִצְות הַתְּלוּיִם בָּהּ". My question is why does the word "התלוים" start with "ה"? It appears like ...
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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 introduce holidays with the word “yom”?

In Ya'aleh V'yavo, in tefilla for the 3 regalim and in Kiddush for the regalim, we have options for the particular Yom Tov. The specific day is listed, and is always introduced with the word "b'yom" (...
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Where can I get the free Hebrew text of the Siddur or Benching?

Where can I get the text of the siddur/prayer book (or at least benching/grace, mincha/afternoon prayer, and/or ma'ariv/evening prayer) in a free computer friendly format? I'd like to be able to make ...
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Why Skip Kabbalas Shabbos on Yom Tov?

In my experience among all Ashkenaz shuls across America, it seems we skip Kabbalas Shabbos when shabbos falls out on Yom Tov. Where did this come from and why?
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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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Candle Lighting

I heard that when women light candles, due to a problem in making a berachah prior to the action, they light the candles, cover their eyes, and then recite the berachah. They have fulfilled their ...
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Slow at Full Tachanun - keep going?

I am slower than the shlichei tzibbur in my shul at Full Tachanun (Shacharis Mon, Fri). I usually get about half-way through by the time they start taking the Sefer out. Do I keep going, ignoring the ...
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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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Which minyanim light Chanuka candles?

In addition to the lighting at home, Chanuka candles are lit in shul to publicize the miracle, with the brachot (O"C 671:7). Which minyanim do this? All maariv minyanim in the shul(*)? Just a ...
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Why in HaMapil do we ask to wake up in peace twice?

In the bedtime Shema, Nusach Ashkenaz includes this phrase in HaMapil: שתשכיביני לשלום ותעמידיני לשלום [May it be Your will...] that You lay me down in peace and that You stand me up in peace ...
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When is the latest time you can daven minchah bedieved?

If you realized that you didn't yet daven minchah and it's past shekiyah, when is the latest that you can begin praying the Amidah? I'm looking for different people's cutoffs.
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10 Menuchas in Shabbas Mincha prayers

The middle bracha on Shabbos at mincha reads (Nusach Ashkenaz) אתה אחד ושמך אחד, ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד בארץ, תפארת גדלה, ועטרת ישועה, יום מנוחה וקדשה לעצמך נתת, אברהם יגל, ויצחק ירנן, יעקב ובניו ...
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Making Everyday Like Yom Kippur

I have toyed with the idea of importing an aspect of Yom Kippur into my everyday life and am constantly looking for (homiletically) a connection which would draw the essence of Yom Kippur into every ...
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Is wearing tefillin necessary for praying

Are there any sources that address whether a person, on purpose, prays without tefillin, would he have to repeat his prayer, or once he did it he doesn’t have to repeat it?
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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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Theme of mincha of Yom Kippur

Each tefilla of Yom Kippur has a pretty clear theme, except for mincha. (This is my sense from thinking about it during davening over several years. I don't think there will be anything too ...
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Does the Dagesh forte really replace a double letter?

I have read about the Dagesh Forte and how it doubles a letter in Tanach. For example, הָלֵּלוּ has a dagesh forte in the לֵּ. If this dagesh was not there would there really be two ל instead? ...
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Does G-d immediately grant the requests of Gentile church attenders?

Follow up to this M.Y. question. King Solomon requested that G-d immediately grant the requests of Gentiles that come to pray at the Temple. For Jews, as I understand, synagogues have replaced the ...
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King Shlomo's request to listen to prayers - Why do Gentiles have it easier than Jews?

I'm reading Radak's explanation to Melachim (Kings) I 8:43. He explains that King Shlomo (Solomon) requests G-d to fulfill whatever a Gentile requests (Rad"ak explains whether he deserves it or not) ...
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What does the hazzan say before mourners kaddish during mincha/arvit?

I have to lead arvit for my grandmother’s memorial on Wednesday. I know before mourners Kaddish is recited at the beginning of davening, the hazzan says a sentence that ends with something like “......
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In prayer for sick, can one name count for two people?

On Shabbat morning, the gabbai prays for the sick to be healed and reads out a list of names of sick people, that was provided by the community. In the case where two sick people have the same name (...
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Where are we commanded to read the hallel?

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְותָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לִקְרא אֶת הַהַלֵּל You are blessed, O God, our God of the world who hath commanded us his mitzvot to read ...
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What constitutes the Shema?

In wanting to add a Jewish practice, I am now saying the Shema daily. (It is nice to know that is a mitzvah explicitly in the Torah.) What is the "actual" Shema. When I was a kid (Reform) we would ...
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What will happen to most of the text of our prayers once the next Temple is built?

King Solomon, who built the 1st Temple, said during its inauguration, (I Kings 8:30): וְשָׁ֨מַעְתָּ֜ אֶל־תְּחִנַּ֤ת עַבְדְּךָ֙ וְעַמְּךָ֣ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יִֽתְפַּֽלְל֖וּ אֶל־הַמָּק֣וֹם ...
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Canceling Tachanun for the balance of a month

Based on the premise that we don't say Tachanun for the rest of a month when there are already a majority of days on which we don't say Tachanun (as stated in the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 131,7 ...
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Why did standing on one's feet become the posture for prayer?

When one reads about people praying to G-d throughout Tanac"h, we rarely discover them standing to pray. Most of the time they are kneeling, prostrating or falling on their faces. We see that when ...
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What different pronunciation should a Kohen give to each letter to be strict in halacha? (SA 128:33)

When Halacha says that a Kohen should distinguish between all the Hebrew letters in Siman 128 Seif 33 from where it says "similar examples": מי שאינו יודע לחתוך האותיות כגון שאומר לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ...
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What was the order of “Shacharit” in the Bet Hamikdash?

I'm assuming that the majority of the format of the Siddur that we currently have and use did not exist during the time of the 1st Bet Hamikdash. Perhaps, by the 2nd Bet Hamikdash, some items were ...
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Psalms for Festivals

There are Nuschaot (eg the Gra's) that recite specific Psalms on individual Festival days, instead of the Psalm of the day of the week. Presumably this is based on what was done in the Temple. Where ...