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

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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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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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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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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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Would a hazzan for kabbalat shabbat at a virtual minyan wear a tallit

Let's say there is a "virtual minyan" for kabbalat shabbat. In no place are there 10 people in physical proximity, but many people are connected via skype/telephone/whatever. I can think of several ...
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No Minyan: Tired Netz vs. More Awake Later

Scenario: Minyanim are not available. Is it preferable to pray at Netz with lower kavana (tired) or later in the morning (before zman krias shema) with more kavana (better rested)? Although CYLOR, ...
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Thanking Gd for feeding all when there is hunger? [duplicate]

In Ashrei (and elsewhere) we thank Gd for providing food for all. What meaning do these words have for those of us who have enough food and for those of us who do not have enough food?
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What is the Torah perspective on our response to coronavirus? [duplicate]

What spiritual response does daas Torah (Rabbonim, Gedolim, etc.) suggest we should utilize in facing coronavirus? For instance, Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Sisa 5780) mentioned saying פיטום הקטורת and ...
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Why can one not daven to change the gender of a fetus?

According to Bava Metzia 42a, one may daven for things in the past if it's something that nobody knows yet. Yet, when Berachos 60a asks how one may daven to change the gender of her fetus on the ...
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Does one say selichot in a shiva house? [duplicate]

Title of the question pretty much says it all: should one say selichot on a public fast day (or 10 days of repentance) in a shiva minyan?
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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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Praying based on national merit - Origin of Tachanun Compositions

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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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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Why do we need to daven out loud if G-D can hear our thoughts?

We know that G-D is all knowing, and all powerful. Therefore, when we pray, why does it have to be out loud? There are some brachos that you are not even יוצא if you say it quietly! Then why do we ...
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Transliteration and text help for the nisim b'chol yom

My son is becoming a bar mitzvah, and he specified that he wanted to use a translation of the nisim b'chol yom (for daily miracles) prayer not from the siddur, but from a hand out in Hebrew school. I ...
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Why introduce the same pasuk differently in Shacharit for Shabbat?

The pasuk (Tehillim 146:10) יִמְלֹ֤ךְ יְהוָ֨ה ׀ לְעוֹלָ֗ם אֱלֹהַ֣יִךְ צִ֭יּוֹן לְדֹ֥ר וָדֹ֗ר הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ Is used at the conclusion of the Kedusha. However, in most iterations, it is introduced ...
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How does the law of prayer direction apply to a spherical Earth?

A Beraita is cited in Berachot 30a as follows: ת"ר סומא ומי שאינו יכול לכוין את הרוחות יכוין לבו כנגד אביו שבשמים שנא' והתפללו אל ה' היה עומד בח"ל יכוין את לבו כנגד ארץ ישראל שנא' והתפללו אליך דרך ...
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Walking in front of a Moslem 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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Why do most Siddurs vowelize Gd’s name?

I’m noticing that in most siddurs, while you’re not meant to pronounce Gd’s name as it’s written, they vowelize the letters as if it’s meant to be said. Is this for kavannah? Why would we need vowels ...
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Nowadays, whom is Birkat Haminim directed at?

Today I saw this question: History of Birkas haMinim, which got me thinking: Nowadays, that we don't have Tzdokim or little Judaic Temple-cults like the Essenes, whom is the Birkat Haminim directed at?...
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Is there no end to praying for a friend?

Talmud Berachot 12b says: וְאָמַר רַבָּה בַּר חִינָּנָא סָבָא מִשְּׁמֵיהּ דְּרַב: כֹּל שֶׁאֶפְשָׁר לוֹ לְבַקֵּשׁ רַחֲמִים עַל חֲבֵירוֹ וְאֵינוֹ מְבַקֵּשׁ — נִקְרָא ״חוֹטֵא״. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״גַּם ...
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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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Is prayer heard in all places of song?

Berachos 6a: תַּנְיָא, אַבָּא בִּנְיָמִין אוֹמֵר: אֵין תְּפִלָּה שֶׁל אָדָם נִשְׁמַעַת אֶלָּא בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶל הָרִנָּה וְאֶל הַתְּפִלָּה״. בִּמְקוֹם רִנָּה — שָׁם ...
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Why is Mar son of Ravina's prayer commonly recited after Amidah?

Berachot 16b-17a lists a number of prayers that various amoraim recited at the end of Amidah. Common practice (at least in the Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrach siddurim that I've seen) seems to be to ...
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Why do we recite Psalm 150 every day?

Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord with the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, loud cymbals and high-sounding cymbals. We haven't used musical instruments in worship ...
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Should we never begin a sentence with God's name?

The Talmud (Nedarim 10b) says: Do not say "l'Hashem korban" but rather "korban l'Hashem" to avoid [possibly] saying God's name in vain. Presumably, the fear is that you could collapse and die right ...
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Birkat Haminim, order of requests in Nusach Sfard

In the Birkat Haminim following the Nusach Sfard, the prayer is to exterminate, humiliate and submit the Apikorsim. תעקר ותשבר ומגר ותכלם ותשפילם ותכניעם My question is the order of the requests. ...
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What are the parameters of a tefillas shov (unnecessary prayer-request)?

What are the parameters of a tefillas shov (unnecessary prayer-request)? Someone is waiting for blood test results. He prays and asks Hashem that the results should indicate good health. Is this a ...
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Angels saying Shirah before Hashem - “daily” rituals?

Rashi on Gen 32.27 כי עלה השחר. וְצָרִיךְ אֲנִי לוֹמַר שִׁירָה בַּיּוֹם (חולין צ"א): כי עלה השחר FOR THE DAY BREAKETH, and I have to sing God’s praise at day (Chullin 91b; Genesis Rabbah 78:1)....
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Halachic view on the order of personal effort vs prayers

In my previous question "yaakov-preceded-his-effort-to-a-prayer" we see that Yaakov, hearing the bad news preferred to make the effort first and daven later. It made me think: this happens to me a ...
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Starting Maariv prayers before dawn and finishing after dawn

If one accidentally fell asleep, and woke up quite late and then started Maariv prayers, and managed to get through the Shema and part of the Amidah before dawn, but finished the Amidah after dawn (...
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Participating in a Minyan with 10th Katan (underage)

When given an Aliyah in a shul that uses a katan as the tenth "man" of the minyan, which is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of gedolei haposkim (SA 55:4), what should one do? Simply ...
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Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach?

Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach (either Jews or non-Jews)? On shabbat during the Torah reading?
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Is it inappropriate to eat or drink while reading the Torah? [duplicate]

Just a general question. This does not involve reciting tehillim or reading passages out loud. Just quiet reading. If not appropriate — sources?
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Putting gym equipment in a room where one prays?

Can one put gym equipment in a room where he prays (if he has no other place to put it)? Would it desecrate the place where one prays and negatively affect his prayers?
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Shabbos morning amidah - wrong biblical text - what to do?

Do the works of halacha say what to do if in the Shabbos morning amidah after: יִשמַח משֶׁה בְּמַתְּנַת חֶלְקוֹ. כִּי עֶבֶד נֶאֱמָן קָרָאתָ לּוֹ.כְּלִיל תִּפְאֶרֶת בְּראשׁוֹ נָתַתָּ. בְּעָמְדוֹ ...
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Should I pray to God based on my own merit?

In the book of Tehillim (Psalms), Chapter 86, King David says the following: שָֽׁמְרָ֣ה נַפְשִׁי֮ כִּֽי־חָסִ֪יד אָ֥נִי הוֹשַׁ֣ע עַ֭בְדְּךָ אַתָּ֣ה אֱלֹהַ֑י הַבּוֹטֵ֥חַ אֵלֶֽיךָ׃ ...
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How does Rambam see the influence of our personal prayers on unchangeable G-d? [duplicate]

Rambam in Yesodot Hatora (1.11) describes a transcendent G-d that knows no change: He is not found within time, so that He would possess a beginning, an end, or age. He does not change, for there ...
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Practice to end a speech with praying for moshiach

Something I've noticed is almost every speech, devar Torah, or words of inspiration I hear end the exact same. The speaker ends with some permutation of the following words: May we all merit to see ...
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Understanding “conflict” between Genesis creation and “continuous” creation

There's a passage in the daily Shacharit tefilla in the 1st of the pre-Shema blessing that says: המחדש בטובו בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית My translation and inference from this phrase is that God ...
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How to refer to a Kohain with suspended privileges in prayer

When a Kohain chas v'Shalom marries a divorcée or convert, halacha requires us to suspend his privileges - he may not receive the first aliyah during the Torah reading, duchen, etc, until such time as ...
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Inserting a prayer for someone with a mental illness in refueinu [duplicate]

The Mishna Brurah 116 s.k. 3 rules like the opinion that one may insert a prayer for the recovery of a sick person in the bracha of refaeinu during the Amidah (as opposed to the opinion that one must ...
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Why do we still stand at Vayevarech Dovid on a Shabbos and/or Yom Tov?

Many have the custom to stand at Vayevarech Dovid. The reason behind this minhag is because many give tzedakah at this point, and it is proper to stand while doing a mitzvah. With this being said, why ...
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Phrasing in unetanah tokef

This question bothers me each time the High Holidays come around. In the text for Unetaneh Tokef, we find the sequence: מִי יָנוּחַ, וּמִי יָנוּעַ; מִי יִשָּׁקֵט, וּמִי יְטֹּרֵף; מִי יִשָּׁלֵו, ...
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How many times is the Amidah said in a year?

The Amidah is said three times a day during weekdays, four on Shabbat, and I believe a fifth time during Yom Kippur. Plus there are the repetitions of the Amidah that are said by the Chazen. For ...
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Why isn't המלך המשפט a grammatical mistake?

During these ימים נוראים we finish the 11th blessing of the amida with the words המלך המשפט. What does this exactly, literally mean? Melech and mishpat are both nouns, so it would seem that we need a ...
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Do you need a minyan for Kol Nidrei?

Is it necessary to have a minyan in order to recite Kol Nidrei on Erev Yom Kippur? If no, then do you need at least three men, as is necessary for Hataras Nedarim?
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Nusach Kretchnif or Nadvorna

Does anybody know where I could find a good, clear, example of nusach Kretchnif? I've looked through Kol Torah Online but all the examples they have are older tapes with pretty rough audio quality. ...
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Why don't we say “Ashrei” for Mincha of Yom Kippur?

Why don't we recite "Ashrei" during the afternoon prayer of Yom Kippur like we do for every other Mincha of the year?
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Are all silent shemoneh esreis of rosh hashanah the same?

Are the individual silent shemoneh esreis of maariv, shacharis and mincha of Rosh Hashanah identical? Also, are the individual silent shemoneh esreis of Yom Kippur; maariv, shacharis, mincha and ...

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