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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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Meaning to yawning during davening?

What are some of the different interpretations of yawning during davening? Are there any sources which don't compare it to burping, but rather see some spiritual significance in it?
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Being Yotzei through someone else's Bracha (and physical movement)

When the chazzan says the birchot hashachar, there seems to be a practice of NOT saying baruch hu vvaruch sh'mo so that the individual listening and saying amein can be made yotzei through the chazzan'...
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No Bracha before Hallel said in shul on the first two nights of Pesach - Chazon Ish minhag

This M.Y. answer explains why many shuls recite Hallel during the first two nights of Pesach. It seems that most of the opinions state that one should say a bracha in shul. It seems that there is ...
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Who sanctifies the Shabbat

The gemara in Beitzah, 17a discusses the closing to the blessing on kiddush hayom on Shabbat/Yom Tov (Rebbi): We close the middle Berachah with a reference to Yom Tov, - Mekadesh ha'Shabbos, ...
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No Mekadesh Yisrael on Shabbat

The bracha in the amida on Shabbat concludes "Mekadesh haShabbat" but on holidays (including those on Shabbat), the phrase "mekadesh Yisrael" is added. Why isn't Yisrael 'sanctified' (as I have seen ...
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Does the Havtacha in the Igeres Haramban apply to everyone?

I was wondering if what the Ramban writes in the end of the letter to his son ובכל יום שתקראנה יענוך מן השמים כאשר יעלה על לבך לשאול עד עולם was specifically for his son, or does this apply to ...
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is a person allowed to pray or learn with traces semen/zera on his underwear?

if a person has traces of semen on his underwear, is he allowed to pray or study Torah? because it's forbidden to pray when your garments are not clean.
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Aleinu written for RH

Was the Aleinu written for Rosh Hashanah? I just read what I think says this in the Rabbi Sacks intro to RH in the Koren Maczor. Making sure I am reading this correctly.
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What is the Hebrew text for this prayer?

According to the Wikipedia article about the Christian "Lord's Prayer," A blessing said by some Jewish communities after the evening Shema includes a phrase quite similar to the opening of the Lord'...
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Explain assignment of “joy” terms in Shalosh Regalim Amidah

In the opening paragraph of the Shalosh Regalim Amidah's middle section the phrasing is: ... מועדים לשמחה, חגים וזמנים לששון This M.Y. answer explains the difference in meaning between שמחה and ...
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Why mention possessions in Al Hanisim

The Al Hanisim for Purim mentions Haman's plot to kill every single Jew. However the list of victims ends with a seemingly unnecessary point that not only will they be killed, but their possessions ...
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Prayer - singular vs plural

Why is that most/many of our prayers appear to be plural/National requests - shemoneh esreh-barech a leinu, shema koleinu etc. many yehi ratzon’s say “hashem elokeinu ve’lokei ovoseinu - where other ...
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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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Difference in starting order of Psukei Dezimra

The order of the beginning of Puskei Dezimra (weekday Shacharit for purposes of this question, although the structure for Shabbat / Yom Tov is similar with additional Tehillim) differs between Nusach ...
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Walking in front of someone saying kaddish

I have heard that in addition to the prohibition of passing in front of someone who is davening shemoneh esrei, it is also forbidden (or at least improper) to walk in front of someone who is saying ...
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Do the sages/mystics endorse the idea that some prayers are more powerful when spoken by individuals of piety or righteousness?

Prayer is a powerful tool. That being said, are tools more powerful when in the hands of someone who knows how to best use them? My question is does there exist an inequality in prayer power. Does a ...
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Why is “Hashem… l'olam va'ed” repeated after Tehillim 30?

In Nusach Sfard, why is the phrase "Hashem Melech; Hashem Malach; Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed" repeated in the paragraph after Tehillim 30?* I've heard it has everything to do with the writings of the ...
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Singing Mashiv Haruach

The Shulchan Aruch and Rama pasken in Orach Chaim Siman 114:9 that if one says Mashiv Haruach (or doesn't say Mashiv Haruach) 90 times (with the surrounding words) we assume he made a Chazaka and will ...
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Why is there no Kaddish after Torah reading at mincha on a fast day?

Every Torah reading is followed by half Kaddish, except for Shabbat and fast day mincha. Mishnah Berurah #4 on O.C. 292:1 says that on Shabbat and fast days we don't say Kaddish after Torah reading ...
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Does one get back his neshama in the exact form when resurrected?

I'm viewing the phrasing in the paragraph Elokai Neshamah: ואתה עתיד לטלה ממני ולהחזירה בי לעתיד לבא My loose translation: In the future, you will take it from me and return it to me in the (...
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What is the morning blessing Roka Haaretz - רוֹקַע הָאָרֶץ עַל הַמָּיִם - all about?

One of the daily morning blessings is רוֹקַע הָאָרֶץ עַל הַמָּיִם - He solidifies the ground above the water. We're thanking Hashem for the solid ground; the inhabited world isn't all marshy or ...
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SheLo Asani Goy

Who Created the bracha: SheLo AsaNi Goy? I don't know which rabbi created it exactly and I would like to know who it was.
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Looking for a recording of Shacharit

Is there an online (or downloadable) version of an Ashkenazic davening -- not chazzanut, just someone saying all the words to a weekday davening clearly and at a reasonable pace so someone davening ...
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Source needed: Allowing one to pray for non-critical illness on Shabbat

Based on comments on this question: Is there any written evidence - from a reliable source - that one may daven for a חוֹלֶה שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ סַכָּנָה - someone not deathly ill - on Shabbat. Classic ...
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Hitbodedut- Permissable? Reccomended? [closed]

What are the main opinions regarding hitbodedut? I strongly recall being taught we're not supposed to bother Hashem more than three times a day, though I can't find an actual prohibition anywhere.
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Praying for someone who has given up

Is it worthwhile to pray for someone who is no longer trying to get a livelihood or be cured of an illness?
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Proper protocol for saying Mi Sheberach for the ill

I've seen different shuls do different methods of saying Mi Shebreach for the ill. Methods I have seen: Chazzan (or gabbai) says the intro aloud; people line up and give him the name and he says them ...
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Are there any Iyun Tefilla lectures online or in-house in Nassau County, Brooklyn or Queens?

I think the question title pretty much states everything. I'm seeking a live shiur (lecture) that focuses on iyun tefilla - understanding the prayers. Preferably, I would like the class to discuss ...
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Prayer beads among the Jewish Sages

Prayer beads are commonly found in various religions as a tool for meditation and prayer. Did Judaism ever have any religious use of prayer beads, perhaps among the Jewish Sages? Or would this be ...
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Guide for complete daily prayer/blessings

I was raised secular/Christian (secular Jewish mom) and am reconnecting to my Judaism. I just moved to a place with no significant Jewish community or rabbis for a few hours. (Luckily I lived in a ...
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What is the intention when we recite the blessing “who didn't make me…”?

There are three blessings containing nine words which are grouped together in the morning blessings. Namely, 1) Who didn't make me a goy (גוי), 2) Who didn't make me a servant (עבד), and 3) who didn't ...
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Skipped והוא רחום in Tachanun

If one skipped והוא רחום and the extra paragraphs in Tachanun on Monday and Thursday should he go back to say them if he finished Tachanun or even the rest of Davening?
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Why is remembering the Exodus fulfilled by Shema and not first parashah of tefillin or Song of the Sea?

I was taught we fulfill the daily commandment to remember the exodus from Egypt at the end of the Shema, when we read: אֲנִ֞י יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר הוֹצֵ֤אתִי אֶתְכֶם֙ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם ...
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Why is it ok to say Baruch…yadayim in the bathroom? [duplicate]

It just doesn't seem right to get a mitzvot there, sure not tefilah there, yet that is where the sink and the towels are right? Saying a blessing in the bathroom is not ok, right?
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

In siman תקנז of orach chaim there seems to be a contradiction between the bet yosef and the mechaber about when one says the תפילה of נחם on ט' באב. In the bet yosef he writes that one only says it ...
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Can one say the fast-day selichos before the morning prayers?

There seem to be two sorts of selichos: (1) those in Elul and the 10 days of Repentance and (2) the selichos for fast days. Type (1) are typically said before all the morning prayers and type (2) ...
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Non-Jews reciting Jewish Prayers

I am trying to figure out why it bothers me so much - I mean extremely - for gentiles to say Jewish prayers. I study with a group only two of whom are Jews. Periodically, someone will bring in a ...
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Why is v'acharei added in some siddurim?

In the meditation after each Shmoneh Esrei, we read the line which includes the words בתורתך, מצותיך תרדוף. This comes from the prayer of Mar Brei D'ravina on Brachot 17a. But in my siddur Tefillah ...
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Can you answer amen to a non-Jewish blessing or prayer of a gentile?

Is a person allowed to answer amen to a prayer or blessing of a gentile? I would assume you can unless the prayer specifically of an idolatrous nature. For example in Christianity saying grace before ...
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Yehi Ratzons on Moday and Thursday only?

Are there any recent Halachic sources that discuss whether or not the Yehi Ratzons following leining would be recited a fast day that falls out on S/T/W/F? I realize that at Why are the Yehi Ratzon ...
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Why do people stand for “Hodu L'Hashem Ki Tov”?

On Shabbos, we say the long Hodu L'Hashem Ki Tov. The minhag is to stand. What is the reason for this?
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Not walking in front of someone who has finished the Amidah

This is not about passing in front of someone Davening. I have heard that one should avoid walking in front of people who have finished the Amidah and have taken three steps back, but have not yet ...
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Walking in front of someone while they are praying [duplicate]

Where does it say that you shouldn't walk in front of someone while they are devening shemonei esrai? Also are there any accepted leniencies to circumvent this, for example if the only way to leave ...
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Davening in boots

Is it Halachically appropriate to Daven in boots when in a Beis Kenesses? A great answer should (in addition to being well-sourced) discuss details such as: Is there a problem in terms of clothing ...
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Laining with Less than 10 Men?

A nursing home in an out of town community, for example, may not get 10 men each shabbos for laining. It is clear from Shulchan Aruch (143:1) that you need 10 men, and I have yet to see other ...
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May someone say the prayer for the ill for someone who is emotionally “ill”?

Lo Aleinu. Let's say someone's friend's teen-age daughter died from a terrible sickness. The parents have been distraught and "disabled" for year because of the emotional trauma. They isolate ...
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Correct pronunciation of הנתונים בצרה ובשביה

In the Tefillah of "Acheinu", we discuss our brothers who are "נתונים בצרה ובשביה". I have heard these words vowelized with a Pasach under the Beis of both terms (Batzarah Uvashivya, which would mean "...
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Location of kaddish titkabel during shacharit

Why is the kaddish titkabel after shacharit on a regular weekday (or indeed any day without musaf e.g. Chanukah), deferred until after (keriat hatorah) ashrei and uva letzion? One may have expected ...
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Repeating if one skipped Al Ha Nissim on purpose

If someone purposely skipped Al Ha Nissim on Purim or Chankah do they have to repeat the Amdiah/Bircas Ha Mazon? I'm aware that if it was on accident they do not have to go back and repeat it.
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Maoz Tzur: Is it a universal custom or just an ashkenaz one?

I know that Mi Yodea has already answered the question about the source of Maoz Tzur (Mordechai, unknown, 13th century, perhaps during Crusades?). Is it a universal custom or is it just an Ashkenazi ...