Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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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, ...
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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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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 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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God's decision vs being written in the book of life [duplicate]

Why do we ask god to inscribe us in he book of life? If whatever god does is for the best including when god removes someone from this world. We even have a custom when we hear that someone passed ...
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Opening Words of the Shemona Esrei in Mussaf and Mincha [duplicate]

At the beginning of the Shemona Esrei for both Shacharit and Maariv, one recites the words "אדני שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך". At the beginning of the Shemona Esrei for both Mussaf and Mincha, however, ...
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Hours for אהבה רבה on Shavuos; true or exaggeration?

In two recent shiurim I heard a story about a certain (don't remember the name) Yeshiva in pre-war Europe where they took (three?) hours to say אהבה רבה (the blessing before Shema) on the morning of ...
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Is it better to stand or sit for kegavna?

Kegavana is an Aramaic paragraph that is commonly recited in Nusach Sefarad on Friday nights after Kabbalat Shabbat and before the beginning of Ma'ariv (Barchu). Is it better for one to stand or to ...
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Chazzan cannot start the repetition of the Amidah? Does anything change for his replacement?

For a justifiable reason e.g. illness, the chazzan who has said the silent Amidah finds he cannot continue with the repetition. I see no reason for any changes in how the prayers will continue. Are ...
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May one say Yehi Ratzon prayers at any time?

Take the Yehi Ratzon recited before Hamapil (at least, in my nusach ashkenaz). May one recite it in the mornings, with the rest of his tefillos during Shemoneh Esrei, for instance? Or must it be said ...
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What is the origin and usage of the phrase רבונו של עולם?

I don't recall the phrase - רבונו של עולם - (loose meaning- "Master of the world") mentioned in Tana"ch. I think it first appears in the Mishnah or Gemarra. It is a common phrase in prayers. When ...
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Can i skip davening to help out at home? [duplicate]

Is it OK to skip davening in order to help out my wife at home with the kids?
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The word מלשינות in the second יהי רצון after ברכות השחר

In the second יהי רצון prayer that is customarily included in ברכות השחר (the prayer of רבי which he would say בתר צלותיה from :ברכות טז), there seem to be two variant vocalizations for the word ...
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Vekone Hakol or Kone Hakol

In the first bracha of Amida I read in a Siddur of Chaside Babov called Tefiilat Rav that in 10 days of repentence only we need to say VEkone hakol. Why? I was aware that sepharadic custom is to. say ...
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Prayer inclusion because of fear?

In the Mishnah of Rabbi Eliezer, the son of Rabbi Yosi HaG'lili, the Sages said, "What is the biblical source to include prayer among the mitzvos? From the verse, 'You shall fear G‑d, your L‑rd, and ...
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The changeability though prayer?

One of the questions i found really interesting was the following one: If HaShem doesn't change, then how does prayer work. Of course there are some verses within the Tenach (1 Shmuel 15:29, Malachi 3:...
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Are dageishim kalim absolute?

When a word starts with one of בגדכפת and the previous word ends in a vowel, usually the בגדכפת letter does not get a dageish unless it falls into one of the exception categories. What happens if you ...
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why shuckel when davening? [duplicate]

When we are davening we are speaking to Hashem, Malchei Hamlachim. How is it appropriate to shuckel and/or swing ones hands? One is executed for motioning in front of the King.
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Why do ashkenazi jews skip a part of the Aleinu Leshabeach? [duplicate]

I'm an ashkenazi jew and have always wondered why do we skip this sentence in the first paragraph of the Aleinu. The sentence says something like: "We do not pray to false gods".I know it got ...
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Why do we have the Bakasha, request, of Shema Koleinu, hear our voices in the Shemoneh Esreh? [duplicate]

שְׁמַע קולֵנוּ. ה' אֱלהֵינוּ חוּס וְרַחֵם עָלֵינוּ. וְקַבֵּל בְּרַחֲמִים וּבְרָצון אֶת תְּפִלָּתֵנוּ. כִּי אֵל שׁומֵעַ תְּפִלּות וְתַחֲנוּנִים אָתָּה. וּמִלְּפָנֶיךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ. רֵיקָם אַל ...
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Tashlumin for a woman who usually doesn't daven

What is the halacha for a woman who usually doesn't daven since she is busy with her children but now has time to daven mincha and even time to daven a Tashlumin. Do we say that she should only daven ...
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Jews wearing a hat, jacket or cap during davening [duplicate]

Some Jews wear a hat, cap or jacket during davening. However, is there any halacha that says a Jew must wear and a hat and jacket during davening?
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If Yom Kippur seals our fate, why do we pray the rest of the year? [duplicate]

If on Yom Kippur on fate is sealed, why do we continue to be mispalleil for the rest of the year?
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Is it permitted to face a Chanukiah when davenning?

Rabbi Yitzchok in the Gemoro Bovo Basro 25b advises אמר רבי יצחק הרוצה שיחכים ידרים ושיעשיר יצפין וסימניך שלחן בצפון ומנורה בדרום Someone who wants to become wise should turn to the south (when ...
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May I rely on the shaliach tzibur to fullfill my mitzvah of tefilah, even if I know how to pray? [duplicate]

In this question , the accepted answer explained that we have a shaliach tzibur in minyanim today, even if everyone knows how to pray, for two reasons: Minhag We don't want to embarrass someone by ...
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Is it permissible to post photos of pages of a siddur (containing YHVH) online?

I am planning to write a detailed blog post about the weekday Shacharit service, and I want to illustrate it with photos of pages from my ArtScroll siddur. Is this permissible, given that the pages ...
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How can we make requests for personal needs in Rosh Chodesh “Bentching”? [duplicate]

On Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh we "Bentch" the new month between Shacharis and Mussaf. Seeing that it is Shabbos, when Chazal forbade one to ask for his personal needs how can we make these requests, ...
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Tehillim: can one pray Psalm 119 for themself after having prayed for family and friends?

After saying Psalm 119, one prays for a list of others. Is inserting one's self, after one's own list of others' names inappropriate to this tefillah, or is it designed for healing both self and ...
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placement of l'dovid for nusach sefard

Nusach Ashkanaz places "l'dovid" always as the last teffilah. However, nusach sefard places it after aleinu during the week, but on shabbas it's placed after the yom: why is this?
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Tefilat HaDerech Roadtrip [duplicate]

If someone takes a roadtrip and has multiple stops (multiple days) should he recite Tefilat Haderech every time he continues to his final destination?
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picking something up during shmoneh esrei [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Interrupting in the middle of Shmona esrei If (chalilah) a mitzvah item such as a siddur, mezzuzah, tefillin or sefer torah falls on the floor during shmoneh esrei should a ...
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In contemporary minyanim, can the shaliach tzibur fulfill the mitzvah of tefilah for someone who is listening?

Whereas one person commonly fulfills the kiddush obligation for the entire table on shabbat and yom tov, I never see anyone fulfill the mitzvah of tefilah by listening to the shaliach tzibur, and ...
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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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Why don't we try to maximize our merits on Yom Kippur through Mitzvos?

The final verdict of YK is based on weighing one's merits vs sins and not how hard one davens on Yom Kippur. (Rambam Hichot Teshuva 3, 4): "עָשָׂה מִצְוָה אַחַת הֲרֵי הִכְרִיעַ אֶת עַצְמוֹ וְאֶת ...
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The Rambam on distracting others from concentrating on their tefillos

I heard someone state the following: The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvah) says, "Those who speak and distract others from concentrating on their tefillos are guilty of the serious crime of 'hindering others ...
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Is there a recommended timing chart for each section of davening?

I know that davening should not be rushed. However, inevitably, it seems that it is, in many shuls. Weekday morning shacharit, in particular, seems to be the most rushed as people have to commute to ...
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Taking Three Steps Back after Amidah while somebody is still davening

I can't for the life of me figure out why people in America (in E"Y I have seen people being makpid) who are totally not makpid on this. Why!? It's an explicit halacha in Shulchan Aruch!
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If there are not the required ten in a minyan? [closed]

How should one proceed if after arriving there are not the required ten for a minyan for let's say Shacharit or Mincha?
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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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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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Verses when holding the Sefer Torah

On Shabbath morning, when someone hold the Sefer Torah, he starts by saying "Shema Israel". After saying "Shema Israel", he (in some communities) says a verse starting with "Ehad Elo-henou, gadol..."...
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Kavanoth in prayer: personal or not?

I am not a student of kabbalah, however I have a fundamental question about prayer with kavanoth (and in fact prayer in general, assuming that the effect of kavanoth is there even when one does not ...
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What are the most recited verses during Jewish prayer?

What are the top three most recited/used verses/supplications (from or not from Torah) in Jewish prayers? Not asking about the single most used one only. I think, if a passage or a sentence is ...
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Missing “ Borechu ” by Maariv

If one misses ברכו at מעריב , should he rush his שמונה עשרה in order to say it after Davening ?
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Can't we have some achdus?

Why don't the main Halachic authorities (e.g. R' Ovadyah Yoseph, the Hasidic Rebbes, etc.) come together to make one Nussach for everyone; combining the Minhagim (e.g. Temani pronounciation, Yekkish ...