Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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What is the point of praying if your fate is already decided on Rosh Hashana?

It says in Mesechta Rosh Hashana "On the New Year, [first of Tishrei] all who have entered the earth pass before Him, one by one, like young sheep, as it says: “He that fashioned the heart of ...
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Why announce Mashiv Haruach and not Vtein Tal?

When we start saying mashiv haruach there is an important requirement of announcing the liturgical change. If one does not hear the announcement, one does not say mashiv until the community would have ...
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Chassidishe Davening nusach

I'm searching for a recording of the davening nusach of Shabbos/Yom Tov according to hasidic tradition. I have in mind something from Belz/Bobov/Satmar/Vishnitz
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Tefilas Hashlah when Rosh Chodesh Sivan on a Sunday

Teflias Hashlah is traditionally said on the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan. However, this year, with Rosh Chodesh falling out on Sunday, I heard that it is said on the previous Thursday. Is that true? ...
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Woman praying for others during labor- any source?

I've heard multiple times that when a woman is in labor it is a special time to pray for other people. Is there any source for that?
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Kiddush Levana and Backwards posuk [duplicate]

Why is it in Kiddush Levana do we repeat תִּפֹּל עֲלֵיהֶם אֵימָתָה וָפַחַד בִּגְדֹל זְרוֹעֲךָ יִדְּמוּ כָּאָבֶן: but the second time we say it we say it backwards as thus: כָּאָבֶן יִדְּמוּ זְרוֹעֲךָ ...
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Amen between Hashkiveinu and Yir'u Eineinu in maariv

Based on Brachot 45b and Yerushalmi Brachot 5:4/40b, many communities have the custom of saying amen after several of their own brachot. One of the places where some add amen is at the end of the ...
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At what point in Shabbat morning prayers can one stop and make kiddush?

Would any point after the Shacharit amidah, and before the very end of Mussaf with aleinu, be inappropriate for kiddush Shabbat morning? Would one be allowed to make kiddush before alenu or the ending ...
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Practical Kabbalah saving lives

In a situation of pikuach nefesh (for one Jew or many Jews or even for a non Jew or many non Jews)if one knows how to utilize Kabbalah Masseios (Practical Kabbalah - Using Divine names for "powers")...
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Changing facing during Amida

Is it allowed to change facing during the Amida, if one has find out that he\she is facing the wrong direction?
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Why not say Shir Shel Yom in the evening?

I took a look at two questions: One, which focused on WHY we say Shir Shel Yom included the claim of the Chashukei Chemed in the answer, that "אבל הוא הדבר אשר דברתי דמה שאנו אומרים שיר של יום אינו ...
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Was R' Yishmael aware that his blessing was Hashem's prayer?

Berachos 7a: אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן מִשּׁוּם רַבִּי יוֹסֵי: מִנַּיִן שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִתְפַּלֵּל? ... מַאי מְצַלֵּי? אָמַר רַב זוּטְרָא בַּר טוֹבִיָּה, אָמַר רַב: ״יְהִי רָצוֹן ...
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To what crying was Hashem responding?

In Bereishit 21, Avraham sends Hagar and Ishmael out with water. When the water ran out, she tosses him over to some bushes and removes herself so as not to see him dying. According to pasuk 16, she ...
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Does birchat hachodesh need three people?

Does birchat hachodesh need three (or four) people preferably as a commemoration to Beth Din?
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What should a woman think about during candle lighting?

I often see women closing their eyes and concentrating after lighting Shabbos or Yom Tov candles. I was told that this is an auspicious time to pray. I would like to know if any commentators discuss ...
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Was R. Shimon Bar Yochai not part of “R. Shimon Bar Yochai and his companions”?

The Talmud in Shabbat 11a states that those like R. Shimon Bar Yochai whose occupation is Torah study are exempt from prayer: דתניא חברים שהיו עוסקין בתורה מפסיקין לק"ש ואין מפסיקין לתפלה א"ר יוחנן ...
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What are the arrows in my siddur?

Shalom, I'm a baal teshuva who recently began reciting daily prayers. I own several Koren siddurim and I notice in all of them, occasional small arrows pointing at the text. Does anyone know what ...
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Holding children during shemoneh esrei

Sukkah 41b says a person shouldn't hold certain things while praying shemoneh esrei: א"ל מר בר אמימר לרב אשי אבא צלויי קא מצלי ביה מיתיבי לא יאחז אדם תפילין בידו וספר תורה בחיקו ויתפלל...ואמר שמואל ...
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Use of definite article (ה) in יהי רצון … מצות התלוים

The paragraph after the ברכה (b'racha) of ציצת (tzitzis) ends with the expression " וְתַרְיַ"ג מִצְות הַתְּלוּיִם בָּהּ". My question is why does the word "התלוים" start with "ה"? It appears like ...
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Saying Amein in a Tefilla

In certain prayers, the congregation interjects the word Amein after certain words/phrases. In The Ya'aleh V'yavo, I hear it in the last section, amidst these three statements זָכְרֵנוּ ה' ...
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Why introduce holidays with the word “yom”?

In Ya'aleh V'yavo, in tefilla for the 3 regalim and in Kiddush for the regalim, we have options for the particular Yom Tov. The specific day is listed, and is always introduced with the word "b'yom" (...
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What is the “kedusha of the individual”?

In a 13th century manuscript of a machzor according to Minhag Ashkenaz (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Hébreu 644), on the pages for the kedusha on Shabbat for shacharit and mussaf, there is an ...
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Is it acceptable to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into one’s life? [closed]

Is it acceptable for a widow to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into her life?
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“Anenu” for taanit le'shaot - fasting half day

If one would practically only be missing breakfast, could he say anenu in shacharit and finsh the fast (and not in mincha by which time he has eaten)? or must anenu in shacharit go together with ...
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Is it permitted to pray for the death of an evil king or other evil national leader?

This is a subset of the question of "is it permissible to pray for anyone's death?" and "is it permissible to pray for an evil-doer's death?" and goes to the question of whether one may pray for the ...
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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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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

Inspired by an answer here: Does the recitation of Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan? I was always under the impression that we do it together by convention rather than necessity, but one could ...
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Walking in front of a Muslim who is praying

There are a number of questions on Mi Yodeya dealing with the halachos (laws) of walking in front of a Jew who is praying, for instance When you're trapped by someone Davening behind you There is ...
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Are you supposed to do the responsive parts of Hallel at the Seder?

At a Pesach Seder, when you get to the parts of Hallel that are done responsively in a congregation, are you supposed to do them responsively? Does the answer depend on how many people are at the ...
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What does וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ in Kaddish mean?

There are some versions that have it with "Vikarev Mishichei" following the "Viyamlich Malchuse", and that seems to mean that the Kaddish is a prayer for Moshiach(?) myJewishLearning.com it has ...
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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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Praying based on national merit - Early examples

It seems to be a common theme in the prayer service that we ask for our needs basing our requests on the mercy of G-d, and, occasionally, on the merit of our forefathers. Nonetheless, we find some ...
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Can / should one praying alone recite Hallel after Arvit on the first night of Pesach?

Many have the custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue on the first night(s) of Pesach, at the end of Arvit. (Discussed, for example, in this question and its answer.) Is this custom only to be ...
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Is one allowed to break up the shofar blowing grouping to other than what the siddur indicates?

Most siddurim (Nusach Ashkenaz Sefard) group the shofar blowing as follows: 30 blasts before Musaph divided as: A 3 times Tekiah Shevarim-Tru'ah Tekiah B 3 times Tekiah Shevarim Tekiah C 3 times ...
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Shabbat Hi Milizok: How to pray for sick on Shabbat?

Rabbi Rabbinavitch Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Places has been suggesting in his weekly Dvar Torah that people praying at home because of the Corona virus epidemic should add to the prayers on ...
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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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Leshabeichacha and loseis/latet shevach

Towards the beginning of the נוסח אשכנז version of davening, in the section beginning לעולם יהא אדם ירא שמים, we say as follows: לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות לך ולשבחך ולפארך ולברך ולקדש ולתת שבח ...
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What is the source for the Prayer for the Sick?

What is the source of the Prayer for the Sick which is included in the back of the Artscroll Tehillim and founded here: Prayer for the Sick G‑d, G‑d, mighty, merciful and gracious, long - suffering, ...
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One's Jewish Birthday in Judaism

Is one's Jewish birthday a day of עת רצון (time of will) regarding prayer? Is there a source for giving berachos to people on one's birthday?
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How physically close do people need to be for a minyan to count?

The current health situation has resulted in restrictions on large group prayers. Minyans have been included in such restrictions. Though this is the case, certain groups have been shown praying ...
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Praying at the same time

Are there any sources (prior to 5780) that discuss the value or lack thereof of isolated individuals praying at the same time?
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Bowing when davening outside

If one is davening outside, and one says aleinu* and wishes to bow, should one change how he bows? I have seen (h/t Harel13) it written that, when one says Birchat Hachama, one should bow to the ...
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Reasons for standing for kaddish

Generally most people stand up to say and to respond to kaddish. Why do we do this? Is there anyone with a minhag to sit for either saying or responding to kaddish and the reason behind doing so?
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Origins of “Kaddish Yachid”

I was recently introduced to the concept of a "Kaddish Yachid," attributed to Rav Amram Gaon. A few fairly unreliable sources online discuss it as some form of a stand-in for when Kaddish can't be ...
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What to say during a mageifah [closed]

We are being asked to say the parsha of ketores and tehillim during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Why are we not saying on a daily basis those sections of the Torah that discuss past mageifahs to ...
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Skipping to Daven Netz Alone

This is somewhat related to a previous question I asked. When praying with a minyan, one may skip portions of the liturgy in order to "sync up" with the rest of the group for Shema and Amidah. So ...
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An “Aveil” at Shabbat Mincha

An aveil (mourner) does not practice public aveilut (mourning) on Shabbat (Ketubot 4a), though he is still in aveilut and there is some impact on what he can and can't do. Would the presence of an ...
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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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Does anyone know of a place on the web I can find Kabbalat Shabbat sung from the people in a synagogue (preferably Ashkenazi)? [closed]

Here is a perfect example of authentic singing, this is what I'm looking for but for Kabbalat Shabbat. The problem for me is when people solo Tehillim they make their own version and that is not what ...
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Shabbat in Quarantine

Israel is currently (March 20th, 2020) under lockdown, shuls are closed, and most people will not pray in a minyan or hear the Torah read. I've seen recent psakim about shutting down shuls, but are ...

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