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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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Yehi ratzon for the rebuilding of the Temple

It is a common Ashkenazi minhag to say a Yehi ratzon for the rebuilding of the Temple. The text is based on the words inserted between the two quotes of Yehuda ben Teima in Pirkei Avot 5:10: :יְהִי ...
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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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timing of the mussaf prayer and sacrifice

אַבַּיֵּי הֲוָה מְסַדֵּר סֵדֶר הַמַּעֲרָכָה מִשְּׁמָא דִגְמָרָא,... וְאֵבָרִים לְמִנְחָה, וּמִנְחָה לַחֲבִתִּין, וַחֲבִתִּין לִנְסָכִין, וּנְסָכִין לְמוּסָפִין, וּמוּסָפִין לְבָזִיכִין, . ‏ ...
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Tefillah immediately after learning

There is a clear halacha see mishna berura here that one should not daven immediately after learning Torah. The source is the gemara Brachos 31a. The reason is so that our minds should be clear to be ...
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Source for saying seven specific psalms in the cemetery

What is the source as cited in the ArtScroll Tehillim for saying chapters 33, 16, 17, 82, 91, 104, and 130 of Tehillim in a bais hachayim (Jewish cemetery)? Why specifically these chapters and why in ...
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Why is “Yismechu VeMalchutcha” omitted in the Shabbat Mincha Amidah (Nusach Sefard)?

Nusach Sefard has the paragraph "Yismechu VeMalchutcha" in the Amidah of every tefillah of Shabbat, apart from Mincha. What is different about Mincha compared with the other tefillot (Arvit, ...
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Brachot that don't come from the Gemara?

I heard that the Bracha of "Hanoten Laya'ef Koach" ("Who gives strength to the weary") is not from the Gemara, and therefore should not be recited. However, the Vilna Gaon says that we still do say it....
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Changing the Shliach Tzibbur in the middle of a prayer service

On many occasions in Israel one person will lead pseukei d'zimrah but then step down to allow someone else to lead prayers; presumably because they simply don't want to continue. But often, because ...
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Does one have to pray arvit during a very short night on a plane?

When flying from the US to Europe (especially in the summer) one often takes off before the time for arvit has arrived and only a few short hours later the sun already rises over Europe. For practical ...
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Different siddur?

I tried to follow a service with my orthodox Portuguese siddur at a conservative congregation service and I couldn't. What is the difference between a conservative and an orthodox Sidur?
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Source (Ashkenazi) for kissing Tefillin at Bracha of Yotzer Or?

The Ashkenazi ArtScroll Siddur says to kiss your Shel Yad at “Yotzer Or” and Shel Rosh at “Borei Choshech”. What’s the source for this?
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Why don't we refer to Esther by her Hebrew name?

Slightly related to this question Esther's Hebrew name was Hadassah. I understand the use of that name in the Megillah. However in our liturgy including the Al haNissim prayer and other songs and ...
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

Most Ashkenazi siddurim note that some have the custom of touching the arm and head tefillin (and then touching the fingertips to the lips) upon reciting the verse .פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ; ...
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How much speech capacity is required to have an aliya or daven from the amud?

A person who has had the voicebox removed (due to cancer, for example) can still have a bit of speech, and it's not necessarily quiet. The main thing is that it doesnt sound like normal speech. Can ...
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Av HaRachamim on Shabbat Isru Chag Pesach in Israel?

This year (5778) the 22rd of Nisan falls on Shabbat. In Israel this day is Isru Chag Pesach (as opposed to the diaspora, where it is Acharon Shel Pesach). Does one say Av HaRachamim? On the one hand,...
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Why wake up for tikkun chatzot instead of staying up for it

Tikkun chatzot is recited almost by definition in the middle of the night. I know far more people who are still awake at that time (generally somewhere between 12 AM & 1 AM) than who sleep before ...
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Lifting one's eyes during Kedusha

What is the source for lifting one's eyes heavenwards when reciting "kadosh, kadosh, kadosh" during the Kedusha?
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Latest time to say Maariv

When is the latest time one can daven Maariv/Arvit? Is there a divergence between the letter of the law and an ideal time (לכתחילה/בדיעבד)?
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Can't remember if one said Elokai Netzor or not?

If someone says the individual's Shemona Esrei and they can't remember whether they said the conclusion (which the chazzan's repetition does not say beginning Elokai Netzor) are they still yotzei ...
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A Hebrew prayer upon discovering the news of having a baby?

I've found this book called: The Jewish Pregnancy book; 'A Resource for the Soul, Body & Mind during Pregnancy, Birth & the First Three Months', written by Sandy Falk, M.D., and Rabbi Daniel ...
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Led the prayers in error forgetting he had already prayed. Can he continue?

What do the sources have to say about the following situation? A person helps to make a minyan for mincha at the earliest possible time on a long summer's day. He forgets that he did this and goes to ...
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Evidence of 2nd Temple Liturgy @Temple &/or Synagogue

Friends, I have tried & failed to find really firm documented evidence of 2nd temple period Liturgy used either in Temple services or among the Judean or extra-Judean synagogues. What I find ...
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Is it permissible or advisable to ask G-d for anything?

I hesitate to ask G-d for anything because I feel as though it is not my place to ask. I feel as though it is solely my responsibility to provide for myself using the means that G-d has already ...
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Peirush on Lecha Dodi

I’m looking for an in depth explanation of the Lecha Dodi we say on Friday night. Is there any peirush out there that does this?
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Should you say “Mah Tovu” when you daven at home?

There is a widespread custom amongst many to recite "Mah Tovu" upon entering the synagogue.* My question is whether you should recite it when you daven at home. For what it's worth, I daven Nusach ...
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Origin of saying Adon Olam or Yigdal at end of prayers

In many Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, there is a minhag to say either Adon Olam or Yigdal at the end of Shabbat / Yom Tov Ma'ariv and many say Adon Olam at the end of Musaph. What's the reason / origin of ...
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Standing for Kabbalas Shabbos

I remember hearing that one should stand for the entire Kabbalas Shabbos. This book brings several customs regarding what parts of Kabbalas Shabbos to stand for, and he brings such a custom, but does ...
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What is the difference between Hashlucha and Shenishtalcha?

In the musafs for Shabbat-Rosh Chodesh and the Yomim Tovim we bemoan our inability to offer the sacrifices because of the destruction of the temple. (That we do so only on the Rosh Chodesh which falls ...
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Is there a redundancy in the 1st blessing of Shacharit Shema?

The first blessing of the Shacharit Shema begins: ... יוצר אור ובורא חשך עושה שלום ובורא את הכל Loose translation: "He fashions light and creates darkness. He makes peace and creates ...
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Why do we beg on simchas torah when we are supposed to be happy?

I was bothered by the fact that on Simchas Torah, when we are supposed to be happy and rejoice with the Torah, we are busy with prayers like אנא ה' הושיעה נא etc. What place do these prayers, which ...
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Vihi Noam customs

In my siddur, I noticed when reciting Psalm 91 (for example, Kriyas Shema shel Mitah, Pesukei Dezimra Shabbos morning, Maariv Motzei Shabbos), there are two unusual things indicated: The last verse ...
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Reciting the 'Yehi Ratzons' in Eizehu Mekoman on Erev Yom Kippur

As part of the recitation of the mishnayot of eizehu mekoman during shacharit, some siddurim print a yehi razton prayer after each of mishnayot 3 - 7, asking that G-d consider our recitation of these ...
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The difference between terms for mitzvot

Before certain parts, my siddur (Tefillah Hashalem, Ashkenaz) has "Yehi Ratzon" sections to help one prepare. These paragraphs (found AFTER the bracha for Tzitzit, but before the others) outline the ...
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For Your names sake, is love the essence? [closed]

The last 3 words in the first paragraph of Shmone esrei, the silent 18 blessing/prayer, aka the Amidah, are לְמַען ׁשֹמו בּאהבה if the essence of Hashem to the best of our comprehension is 'love' (...
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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 ...
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Chazan forgot Yaaleh VeYavo at Maariv Chol HaMoed

If a Chazan forgets Yaaleh Veyovo at Shacharis or Mincha - Shulchan Aruch HaRav 126:3-4 says that the Chazan can rely on his repetition of the Shemona Esrei for the forgotten Yaaleh Veyavo. If I am ...
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What is the object of the verbs in Ya'aleh V'yavo?

(This might have to be closed/migrated as about language. I'm not sure.) In the Ya'aleh V'yavo prayer, there is an opening string of verbs. Based on what I recall of Hebrew grammar, each is written ...
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Is praying in Shul better than an office (where both have a minyan)?

Suppose someone is at work, needs to daven Mincha, and has a choice between the following two options: Pray in a synagogue with a minyan Pray in an office (or any non-synagogue location) with a ...
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How is Rosh Hashanah a remembrance of leaving Mitzraim?

On all Yamim Tovim, we (this is the Ashkenazic formulation) say the following formulation in the middle Bracha of Shemoneh Esrei: ותתן לנו ה׳ אלקינו באהבה את יום ... הזה ... מקרא קדש זכר ליציאת ...
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why no letter “ס” samech in viduy of yom Kippur? [duplicate]

The viduy of the על חטא lists sins from alef to taf, yet the letter samech ס is switched to a sin ש. Why? (Interestingly I noticed that in between sections of viduy we say סלח לנו מחל לנו כפר לנו, ...
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Why choose “bo” over “bam” in Ne'ilah? [duplicate]

In the Shabbat davening there is the phrase "v'yanuchu ____ yisra'el..." The middle word, according to the Artscroll text, is "bah" in ma'ariv, "bo" in shacharit and musaf and "bam" in mincha. This is ...
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Why are sins and hatred mentioned in Avinu Malkeinu?

At the end of Chazaras HaShatz on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we say a brief prayer that (in Nusach Ashkenaz) appears as follows: אבינו מלכנו זכר רחמיך וכבוש כעסך וכלה דבר וחרב ורעב ושבי ומשחית ...
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Why do we say the 13 Middos so often?

The Gemara in Rosh HaShanah 17b states that HaShem told Moshe Rabbeinu that whenever the Jews sin, they should recite the 13 Middos and they will be forgiven. Why do we say the 13 Middos so often ...
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Why do we insert “Karban” on this line of Al Cheit?

In the lengthy “Al Cheit” section of Yom Kippur Vidui, there is a section that reads as follows: ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים עליהם עולה ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים עליהם חטאת ועל חטאים שאנו חייבים ...
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Davening with a Minyan in China

I regularly travel to China (and other countries) for business purposes. I know there are other Jewish travelers who do the same which I sometimes meet on the way. I think that if we have the right ...
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Are unimposed or uncompelled vows (or any related synonyms) annulled by “Kol Nidrei”?

Are the following vows (or any related synonyms) annulled by "Kol Nidrei": Any vows or promises or oath (or any related synonyms) that I said to God? For example, I say, God, I promise to give 20% of ...
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Please explain Oruch Hashulchan O Ch 102 (9)

Learning Oruch Hashulchan O Ch 102 (9), my chavrusa and I could not understand the second paragraph here. The subject is whether one may sit next to someone saying the Amidah in synagogue. The first ...
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Yerushalmi about davening with a Tzadik

Rav Hershel Schachter gave a shiur (on numerous topics on maseches berachos) explaining the machlokes between chassidim and litvaks concerning davening bzmano. He mentioned that the chassidim were ...
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How does one know the tune when praying in Hebrew?

I know that there are trope applied to the Hebrew Bible to tell the chanter how to chant the text. However, what I'm wondering is that how does one know how to chant the Hebrew text when simply ...
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May Jews not pray to the Abrahamic God in any guise?

I came across this comment on another site of the Stack Exchange network posted on a question discussing whether it is OK for someone who is not a Christian to be participate in a Christian prayer (...