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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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Do imprecise prayers work?

For example, if I were to pray that the businessman in front of me win the lottery, but technically he's not a businessman, he's just a person wearing a suit. Would this prayer not work?
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Publicizing that you were rescued and how you achieved this - origins

Where I live - in Jerusalem - it's not uncommon to see signs like this: I said Perek Shira for 40 days and was saved. I promised to publicize this. Sometimes it's about other good deeds, usually it'...
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Weekday Shacharit at home without a minyan run time- Ashkenazi Nuasch [closed]

Roughly how long does the average Shacharit at home without a minyan take, from the bracha over the talit gadol to the end? I am currently running 2 hours; while I am not the fastest Hebrew reader, it ...
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Bentshing Refuah Sheleimah for Trivial Illnesses

Is there a minimum degree of illness (subjectively speaking) for which one can request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) while saying Shemona Esreh? Can one request it for one’s child, for ...
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Requesting Refuah Sheleimah for Oneself [duplicate]

Is one allowed to request a refuah sheleimah (a speedy recovery) for oneself, while saying Shemona Esreh? If so, does one need to say one’s Hebrew name, or just say אותי ("me")?
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Standing in front of Shaliach Tzibbur

When I learned Chelek א of Mishna Brura, I remember having read somewhere that even if one can stand in front of a Mispalel only 4 ammot forward, in front of a Shaliach Tzibbur he can never stand in ...
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Chaba''d doesn't follow minhag hamakom?

My shul davens "standard" Nusach Sfard. During Shabbat mincha, the sha''tz was a Chaba''d chasid. While we were returning the Torah, the sha''tz started saying Kaddish. (Nusach Chaba''d/Ari only says ...
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How do we explain the order of requests in the Musaf Amida for Rosh Chodesh?

The requests in the Musaf Amida for Rosh Chodesh are stated in order after the words:חַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ אֶת הַחדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לְטובָה וְלִבְרָכָה ששון וּלְשמְחָה. לִישׁוּעָה וּלְנֶחָמָה. לְפַרְנָסָה ...
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Is there a general rule that can explain when to stand during prayers? [duplicate]

There are certain parts of tefilla that halacha says one should stand for. For example: during kadish (ashkenazim), baruch she'amar, from vayevarech david until after yishtabach, barchu, the amida etc....
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Answering Amen to Shelo Asani Isha

(I realize there are some similar questions, but I believe not dupes...) Asking for a friend: If a woman is present while a man is saying Shelo Asani Isha, is there any reason she should not answer ...
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Why is the wording of the beraita consistently switched between shacharit and musaf?

There's a certain beraita (ת״ר פיטום הקטורת...‏) quoted in the gemara on כריתות ו.‏ which is recited both as part of the morning order of korbanot as well as after musaf. There are a few ...
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Ledor vador vs. Ata kadosh

During the repetition of the amida, many shuls (Minhag Ashkenaz) have the Minhag that after kedusha, the chazzan says ledor vador instead of the usual ata kadosh. When was it, why was it instituted, ...
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Is a shaliach tzibbur allowed to daven from the bimah instead of the amud?

Terminology: The amud is a lectern located at the front of the shul. The bimah is a raised "platform" from where the Torah is read. It is usually located in the center of the shul. Some Sefardim and ...
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Why the difference in phrasing within the closing Shabbat Amidah bracha?

There is a particularly noticeable difference in phrasing in the bracha of the middle section of the Amidah on Shabbat (The bracha that ends מקדש השבת). Nusach Ashkenaz says ושמחנו בישועתיך - "...
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What is the origin and/or earliest use of the Ushpizin prayer (invitation of the 'exalted guests') during Sukkot?

While reading about Sukkot1 I came across a mention of a prayer recited during Sukkot, during which a celebrant invites the seven 'exalted guests' (well-known heroes and leaders of the Hebrew people/...
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Is it proper to daven for someone who has “no hope”?

If someone has a sickness that by current medical knowledge is terminal and has no chance of being cured, is it proper to daven for that person to get better? Might this be considered a tefilas shav ...
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When asking for personal requests in Shemoneh Esrei, how should one phrase them?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 119:1) rules that one may add to a middle Brachah (i.e. from Atah Chonein to Shema Koleinu, inclusive) of Shemoneh Esrei a personal request on the topic; for instance, if one ...
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Saying kaddish for someone without living relatives

Does someone saying kaddish for someone without any living relatives take on the "chiyuv" of being chazzan at every minyan as well? (not asking about if it's a chiyuv or minhag, just if it retains its ...
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Can one establish a minyan in a nursing home?

SA O.C. 90:26 mentions that one cannot say amidah in an area where there is a bad odor such as from feces. There is a nursing home near my home that has a minyan. Occasionally, the hallway gets a bad ...
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Morning blessing before Shema - why “Borei et Hakol” and not “Borei Ra”?

The first blessing before the reading of the Shema in the morning prayer starts with בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם, יוצֵר אור וּבורֵא חשֶׁךְ. עשה שָׁלום וּבורֵא אֶת הַכּל. ...
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Do all 10 men that form a minyan need to be “alert”?

Occasionally, I daven in a nursing home. Sometimes, they wheel in patients who aren't exactly aware of what is going on or where they are. Does the requirement of forming a minyan require that all 10 ...
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Ohr Chadash Al Tzion Tair

Who wrote the prayer in the Siddur: :אוֹר חָדָשׁ עַל צִיּוֹן תָּאִיר וְנִזְכֶּה כֻלָּנוּ מְהֵרָה לְאוֹרוֹ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, יוֹצֵר הַמְּאוֹרוֹת May You shine a new light on Zion and may ...
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Custom to daven Maariv motsei Shabbos for the omud prior to yahrzeit

What is the source of the Minhag to daven Ma'ariv Motsei Shabbos for the Omud prior to one's Yahrzeit the coming week ?
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Who are the to'im?

In the Uva L'Tziyon, after the kedusha desidra, we read "בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֱלהֵינוּ שֶׁבְּרָאָנוּ לִכְבודו. וְהִבְדִּילָנוּ מִן הַתּועִים. וְנָתַן לָנוּ תּורַת אֱמֶת." ("Blessed is He, our God, who ...
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Not skipping by Mincha?

According to some poskim (see here), one should not skip parts of davening to say Shemoneh Esreh with the minyan, rather he should daven in order (this is unlike the ruling given in Shulchan Aruch (OC ...
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Movable Song of the Day on Shabbat

From what I have seen by attending services as well as viewing various Siddurim, it seems that on weekdays, the Song of the Day is said at the end of Shacharit (Nusach Ashkenaz after Aleinu; Nusach ...
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Can I respond “hello” to someone who greets me in the middle of davening if it will ruin my Kavanah by not responding?

Example: I'm in the middle of saying פסוקי דזמרה and one of my dad's friends comes up to me and says "hello...". Do I have to ignore him or may I respond "hi".
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Is there any reason why Yizkor, in particular, should be said in shul/with minyan rather than alone?

Is there any reason why YIZKOR in particular, should be said in shul (the synagogue) rather than at home? Why is it common (orthodox) practice that women who almost never attend Shul make an extreme ...
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If someone said אהבה רבה before ברכת התורה without having in mind for ברכות התורה us he יוצא Birchos Hatorah?

According to the Ramban (השגות לספר המצוות להרמב"ם שכחת העשין טו) that birchos Hatorah is a Mitzvah מדאורייתא, If someone said אהבה רבה before ברכת התורה without having in mind for ברכות התורה is he ...
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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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Is there a source for standing during ברכות השחר (from אשר נתן לשכוי through הגומל חסדים…) as many have the custom of doing?

What is the source, (if any), for standing during ברכות השחר (from אשר נתן לשכוי through הגומל חסדים...)? If citing a source from a Sefer please try to quote the words of the Sefer, rather than just ...
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Why is tefillas Hashlah recommended for Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan

Why is erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan an optimal time for reciting the Shlah's tefilla? The only reason that I've seen is "the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan for ...
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Should the saying of ברכו and / or ברוך ה' המבורך לעולם ועד… on Motzei Shabbos be drawn out when it is Yom-Tov

רמ"א באו"ח סוף סימן רצג ונוהגים לומר והוא רחום וברכו באריכות נועם כדי להוסיף מחול על הקודש (אור זרוע It is customary to say V'hu rachum & borchu in a pleasant drawn out way, in order to add from ...
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If one had to sleep the maximum amount possible during a 24 hour period, how should he arrange his prayers? [closed]

If one had to sleep the maximum amount of time possible during a 24 hour period, In which order, and at what times of the day should he arrange his Tefillos? For example should he start with Maariv ...
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Why do we leyn before mincha but after shacharis?

When reading Torah in the morning, we daven shemoneh esrei of shacharit and then afterwards read the Torah. When reading Torah in the afternoon (Shabbos/fast days), we read Torah first and then daven ...
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Is there an inyan to pronounce each word clearly in davening?

Is there an inyan to pronounce each word clearly in davening? Someone I know commented on how I "pronounced each word very clearly and didn't slur" (to put it in their own words) and I replied that I ...
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Clarify the rules for “E-l Erech” and "Lamenatze'ach' (Psalm 20) on non-Tachanun days

I am confused regarding the rules of when to omit E-l Erech Apayim (the paragraph before taking out the Torah) and when to omit Psalm 20 (said after the Torah is returned (Nusach Ashkenaz). My ...
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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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Why no Kaddish DeRabbanan at Minchah?

Rambam writes in Seder HaTefillah: קדיש דרבנן כל עשרה מישראל או יתר שעוסקין בתלמוד תורה שעל פה ואפילו במדרשות או בהגדות כשהן מסיימין אומר אחד מהן קדיש Kaddish DeRabbanan: Anytime ten or more ...
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Psalm 23 and Shabbat

In many siddurim and benchers, I notice that Psalm 23 is included as part of zemirot and / or Kiddush on Shabbat. I don't think I've seen it as part of Friday night, but I have seen it at the ...
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Does someone who does teshuvah get answered only after he prays or even before?

The Rambam in hilchos teshuvah (7:7) states: כמה מעולה מעלת התשובה אמש היה זה מובדל מה' אלהי ישראל... צועק ואינו נענה שנאמר [גם] כי תרבו תפלה [אינני שומע ... והיום הוא מודבק בשכינה... צועק ונענה מיד ...
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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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Davening Weekday davening on Shabbos

If someone mistakenly began davening the weekday Shmone Esrei (amidah) on Shabbos, and he caught himself in the middle of a bracha, he must complete that bracha before he goes on to daven the shabbos ...
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Vowels around G-ds Name

What do these vowels around G-ds name mean?
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Which way to face while praying on another planet

On Earth, we pray facing Jerusalem. On another planet, it makes sense to pray facing Earth. However, since planets move relative to each other, Earth might not be always in the same direction. In ...
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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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what is the difference between hanoten layaef koach and hamaavir sheina meeinai

What is the difference in the meaning of the blessings hanoten layaef koach and hamaavir sheina meeinai? They both looks like they refer that the person isn't tired now?
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המלך המשפט on Yom Tov

According to this answer, if you accidentally start the weekday shemoneh esrei on Shabbos Cheshvan 7/December 5 or the first day of Pesach, you don't say ותן טל ומטר because the rest of the community ...
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Sources prohibiting Mi Sheberachs on Shabbos [duplicate]

There are a couple of potential reasons to perhaps avoid saying Mi Sheberachs for Cholim or people who get Aliyos during Leining on Shabbos (Tircha Detzibura and Pesikas Mammon). However, whether due ...
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Is there any practical implication to having to “read” Hallel?

Before we (Ashkenazim) recite the Hallel we make a blessing which concludes "likro et hahallel" (to read the Hallel). Is there any law which is derived from this? Does it invalidate reciting/saying ...