Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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War, Pray and Learn

The Medrash Rabbah and the Yalkut relate that during the war against Midyon, for every one that went out to battle there was a designated person whose task it was to pray and learn for him. Where in ...
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When should ashrai-uvo lzion be said

Most nusach sefard has ashrai-uvo lzion while doing g'lila before the sefer torah is returned to the ark, which works out 'quicker'. What is correct nusach ashkenaz. Is it different on rosh chodesh or ...
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Wearing tallis and tefillin before z'man

About the time the clocks change for the season, there is always an issue at the early early minyan about when to put on tallis and tefillin. In a few weeks of the year, that time can come 5 - 15 ...
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Berachot in Kriat Shema

I'm sorry if the question is too general, but I was just wondering about Berachot Kriat Shema. What exactly are they? What kind of relationship do they have with the Shema? We need to make a Beracha ...
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Hilchos Shel Billam [closed]

What Halacha do you learn out from Billam?
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Why is the תפילת גשם, The prayer for rain, said on Shmini Atzeres, rather than on Hashanahah Rabbah?

Mishnah /Rosh Hashanah 1:2 - - משנה ראש השנה פרק א משנה א בְּאַרְבָּעָה פְרָקִים הָעוֹלָם נִדּוֹן, בְּפֶסַח עַל הַתְּבוּאָה, בַּעֲצֶרֶת עַל פֵּרוֹת הָאִילָן, בְּרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה כָּל בָּאֵי ...
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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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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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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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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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birkat kohanim at mincha on yom hakippurim

Since the halacha is that we don't do birkat kohanim at mincha of yom hakippurim, why is the ashkenazi practice that the chazzan recites the elokeinu passage?
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Possibility of Positive Payoff to the Passed

Is it possible to perform a prayer or act such as a mitsvah which will lead to any effect, particularly a reward, to the deceased? Many popular practices, such as the recitation of kaddish (Rema YD ...
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Why does the gabbai bang on the lectern before davening starts?

In many shuls that I have attended, the gabbai or someone else bangs once or twice on a table or on a siddur just before davening begins. As I don't see this done everywhere, I assume this is a ...
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Why during davening do we ask Hashem to answer us on the day we call, don't we always call?

In davening we say numerous times ה' הושִׁיעָה. הַמֶּלֶךְ יַעֲנֵנוּ בְיום קָרְאֵנוּ, which translates as "Hashem deliver us, the king will answer us on the day we call". Why does it say we request ...
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What is the minimum number of people required to answer the Kaddish?

I am excerpting from this MY answer: The Kaf Hachaim 55:31 cites this and the Ben Ish Chai but he ends off saying it seems that two are necessary (because "d'imru amein" is plural). Questions: ...
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Sephardim saying Al Mizvas Tefillin beracha?

Is there any sephardim that say the "Al Mitzvas Tefillin" beracha for the Tefillin shel Rosh? Are they allowed to say a beracha for it? I am asking because in this video, which demonstrates how to ...
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“Chambers of the stomach” mentioned in Yom Kippur service

There is a paragraph said just prior to the על חטא section of the Yom Kippur service that begins: אתה חופש כל חדרי בטן A (fairly) literal translation would be, "You search all the chambers of the ...
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Av Harachamim on Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah

In shul yesterday, we said "Av Harachamim" before Ashrei. We also did not bless the month of Tishrei. I know that there are various reasons why we aren't mevarchim the chodesh Tishrei and I figured ...
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Omitting אלקי נצור in 'Shemoneh Esrei'

If one omitted אלקי נצור in Shemoneh Esrei does he have to repeat Shemoneh Esrei?
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invoking a name in prayer

I am reading a book A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book, by Aliza Lavie. In it the author writes: Freiha was an eighteenth-century Moroccan poet who wrote in Hebrew under the pen-name Bat Yosef. ...
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Every blessing begins baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam. Why?

For the past half-century, every blessing I have recited has begun with " baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam". Why is this so? When was the phrase created? Was there some rationale behind ...
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When can you start Chazarat Hashas?

How many people are needed to start Chazarat Hashas? What about if it's time sensitive, such as people need to go, or there's danger? Nusach: Ashkinaz Davening: Weekday Shacharit People at minyan: ...
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Answering kedusha differently to the kehilla?

If one is praying a nusach which is different to the nusach that the shul is using, is it wrong to answer according to your own nusach?
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Are there any special tefilot that people say before/after someone gets engaged?

Are there any special segulos or tefilot that people say before/after someone gets engaged?
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Why do we light Chanukah candles in the shul?

Talmud Shabbat (I think it's around p. 21a) says that the mitzvah of lighting candles is in one's home. I did not see any mention, there, of a requirement to light in the shul. So, a few questions: ...
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Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov?

Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov in Nussach Ashkenaz? A priori question: Why do some congregations say Baruch Hashem L'Olam (BHL) at all? The 2 possible answers I'd seen/...
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How to say Tehillim followed by a misheberach for sick people?

In our congregation we often say a few Tehillim followed by a misheberach for sick people. Two related questions: 1) Is it a good idea or common practice to mention for whom we are praying before ...
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Minhag saying Shema after Aleinu

Shalom! I heard some Biala chassidim saying the posuk of Shema Israel after completing the prayer of Aleinu Leshabeyach. Where does that tradition come from?
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Yom Kippur Night Honour Clarification

What is the pesicha of Omnon Ken on Kol Nidre night? When does it occur, and on what page of the Artscrol Siddur can it be found?
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praying while kaddish is being recited

Are you allowed to read prayers (to catch up) while kaddish is being said? How about in between amens, yehey shemey raba and the ending amens?
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on yom kipur how many times do we say al cheit

In a traditional machzor, during yom kippur, how many time does the congregation say the "al cheit" set of players?
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How can we have better Kavanah in Tefilla? Specifically Tachnuneem?

How does one have better Kavanah in his Tachnuneem tefilla? Does he punch his chest harder? Maybe start bawling?
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What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?

What should one do if he forgets all the changes in the Tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva? When should he go back, when may he continue?
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Interpreting events during prayer as signs

Suppose a person is praying for parnasah as they drop a coin into a tzedakah box. At that very moment, there is a loud rumble of thunder, even though the weather conditions wouldn't seem to warrant it,...
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Is הפעולה בשמות or “theurgy” similar to prayer in the Ramchal’s Derekh HaShem?

Ramchal in Derekh HaShem III 2 (7) speaks about using the names of G-d to achieve effects not achievable using physical agencies. He says, א׳ הוא הזכרת שמו ית׳ כמי שקורא אותו שיענהו, וימשיך על ידי ...
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Is there an approach that cuts the Teffilot on Rosh Hashanah in favor of Torah study?

It is clear from the Sugiyot Gemmorah (Brochos and Shabbos 10, here) that the lengthening the Teffilah at the expense of Torah learning was perceived negatively through many generations till late ...
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What parts of the davening can the shaliach tzibur say in English? [duplicate]

A person davening in a language other than Hebrew seems to be acceptable (e.g., Davening not in Hebrew). This question asks if the shaliach tzibur can daven in English and, if so, what parts may be ...
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Musaf for Rosh Chodesh [duplicate]

During Chol Hamoed we recite the same Musaf Amidah as we recite on Yom Tov itself - i.e. Ata V'chartanu... Why do we recite a different Musaf Amidah when Rosh Chodesh coincides with Shabbat - Ata ...
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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 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 don't we say “hamelech hagadol”?

During the 10 days of T'shuva, we change certain wording from "el" to "melech" in the Shmoneh Esrei (and Magen Avot). But in the beginning of the Amida, we say "ha-el hagadol hagibor v'hanora". Why ...
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Kaddish: Men Before Women

Someone recently told me the Chida writes someone saying kaddish for a father has precedence before someone saying kaddish for a mother. Where is this Chida and what is the reasoning?
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Writing HaShem's Hebrew Name

Can I write any of HaShem's Hebrew names in pencil, in my Siddur? Any of his "Hebrew" names that is, not English.
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Skipping Paragraphs in long Tachanun

Although it pains me to ask the question, after davening in many orthodox shuls throughout New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, it seems chazanim often skip parts of והוא רחום (longer Monday/Thursday ...
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Is there a mitzva/chiyuv to answer Kedusha and Barchu?

The Mishna Berura (90:28) writes that many think the mitzva of a minyan is to hear kadish/kedusha/barchu, whereas in fact it is to daven the amida with the minyan: ועיקר תפלה בצבור הוא תפלת י"ח ...
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Why, in Yamim Noraim davening, do we discuss uprooting זדון instead of רעה?

There is a passage in the third bracha of Shemoneh Esrei said on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur (at least in Nusach Ashkenaz) that reads as follows: ועלותה תקפץ פיה וכל הרשעה כלה כעשן תכלה כי תעביר ...
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Why is the whole Yom Kippur avodah said at Musaf?

Yom Kippur Musaf includes a piyut describing the avodah that the Kohen Gadol does on that day. Why is the whole thing said at Musaf? Wouldn't it make sense to say the part about the history of the ...
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Yehi Ratzon for a Choleh — singular or plural

In the Amida, the bracha of Refa'einu, there is an additional supplication one may add and name a sick person. The text is the same as what is on this card. In my siddurim, I have seen the request in ...
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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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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, ...