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

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"Melody of Kriat Shema'" What does this mean?

The Shulchan 'Aruch (O"Ch 65:2) says the following: קרא ק"ש ונכנס לב"ה ומצא צבור שקורין ק"ש צריך לקרות עמהם פסוק ראשון שלא יראה כאלו אינו רוצה לקבל עול מלכות שמים עם חביריו וה&...
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Shelo Asani Isha for an intersex who becomes a man

According to the first comment to this answer there’s responsa from the Tzitz Eliezer where he says that a Jew born with both man and woman characteristics can choose their gender (not transgender, ...
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Learning Shuvuos night

What's the reason we stay up to learn on Shuvuos night? If the reason is because we woke up late for Matan Torah then why don't we just wake up for the earliest shacharis and be on time?
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Are women obligated in stepping before and after the Amidah

According to Halacha, if a woman prays the Amidah is she obligated to take three steps backwards before and after, or no? Since, women’s halachic obligations are different from men’s, but women to my ...
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Sefardi Tachanun in Ashkenazi Shul (and the converse) - Poresh Min Hatzibbur? If so, what to do?

The title captures the question perfectly. (Many modern*) Sefardi Tachanun procedures are very visibly different from standard Ashkenazi procedures. Ashkenazim fall on their face (Many modern) ...
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Vocalization of תצפה in נשמת כל-חי

In various siddurim I have seen the word תצפה—near the end of the Nishmat prayer of Shabbat and Yom Tov—vocalized as either תְצַפּה or תִצְפּה. Which is correct in this context? (Thanks to Joel K for ...
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Why is there no established prayer for having (or raising) children?

Throughout Tanakh, we find that biblical heroes have specifically prayed to God for having children (such as Yitzhak and Hannah), and it seems like having children is generally considered a valid, ...
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What is the "new altar" in musaf for Rosh Hodesh?

To what does this term refer: "mizbeach hadash b-Zion"? It appears in the musaf amida for Rosh Hodesh.
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This Rabbeinu Bachaye on not saying all of Hashem's middot - why do we say them all now?

This Rabbeinu Bachaye explains how Moshe only used certain middot of Hashem's 13 Middot of Rachamim, to gain forgiveness for the sin of the spies. Some of the middot didn't apply for that sin, and ...
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Praying on a reflective floor

It's forbidden to pray in front of a mirror, as it can appear like you're praying to your own reflection. What about standing on a mirrored floor (or some other reflective surface), where it can look ...
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Why is Psukei Dezimra in Yom Tov the same as Shabbat?

Why is Psukei Dezimra in Yom Tov the same as Shabbat? Why isn't there a difference in the Psalms (Nusach Sfard, Ashkenazi)? Some of the additional Psalms, in comparison to Yom Chol, include ...
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Recording Shmonah Esrei

Now is the period around Pesach in which there are two new additions to the Amida: Morid Hatal (or the omission of Geshem) V'sen Bracha The Halacha is, that if one is davening and isn't sure ...
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Each section of the Shemonei Esrei representing a section in the Beis HaMikdosh

I heard in the name of Rav Glatstein that the morning-tefillos represent certain areas in the Beis HaMikdosh. For example: All the tefilos that precede Birchas Hashachar, represents the Ezras Nashim (...
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Order of holding Tzitzis by Krias Shma

The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes in Hayom Yom of 22 Sivan: לאמירת והביאנו לשלום כו' מחברים תחלה ב' הציציות דלפניו, אח"כ [אחר כך] מצרפים ציצית כנף השמאלי דלאחוריו, אח"ז [אחר זה] ציצית דכנף הימין ...
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How to recite Modeh Ani

I've seen the Minhag (look here) to recite Modeh Ani with ones hands clasped together by the chest, tilted slightly to the left and head bowed. Where does this Minhag originated from and what is the ...
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What are the sources that require a minyan to recite the yud gimmel midos harachamim?

Specifically to be recited as a prayer rather than for example practicing kria (reading from the Torah with musical cantillation notes)
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What is the source of this Mammer In the Kitvei Ari

Whats the source of this Blue Text in The Kitvei Ari that it says KeMevoar In Kitvei Ari? Where does it talk about this in his work?
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Is there an online pdf to the Shaar HaKollel of the Alter Rebbes reasoning to his sidur?

BH I heard a book of the Alter Rebbe's reason for his rules and decisions on his sidur was printed called Shaar HaKollel is there a place where you can view it online?
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Kohen saying the Nasi

From the begining of Nissan we say the daily nassi. This includes kohanim and leviim even though their tribe isn't one of the tribes that brought sacrifices. Why do they say it and why do they say the ...
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שמך vocalization before Shema

In Shakharit, the last word of אהבת עולם before the Bracha, is ״שמך״. In all the Siddurim I usually use, that word is vocalized as שִמְךָ. However, I have often heard people read it as שְמֶךָ. As far ...
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Understanding Parts of Krias Shema al Hamita [duplicate]

Some versions of Krias Shema al Hamita include the following language: בשם ה' אלוהי ישראל: מימיני מיכאל, משמאלי גבריאל, מלפני אוריאל, מאחורי רפאל ועל ראשי שכינת אל. ‏Where is the source of this ...
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Why don't we say "yimloch Hashem..." in the kedushah of birkos krias shema?

We say yimloch Hashem by the other kedushos by chazaras hashatz and by uva letzion (well, really we say Hashem yimloch...) What's different about the kedushah here?
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Source for the practice of praying while attending a circumcision? [closed]

I've heard of a practice for those attending a circumcision to pray during the circumcision. Is there any known source for this?
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Torah thoughts conceived during davening

Are there any statements in Chazal (any era) about Torah ideas that one had during prayer accidentally (b'shogeg/b'ones) ch'v, when one should have been concentrating only on the words of prayer (...
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Why no Avinu Malkeinu on Hoshanah Rabbah

According to traditional kabbalah, Hoshanah Rabbah is analogous to Yom Kippur in the sense of being a day of final judgment for the year, my question is why isn’t Avinu Malkeinu part of the Hoshanah ...
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Make us happy like the days when You afflicted us?

We say after Shabbat every week: שַׂמְּחֵנוּ כִּימוֹת עִנִּיתָנוּ שְׁנוֹת רָאִינוּ רָעָֽה Make us happy (or let us rejoice) like the days when You afflicted us (or when we were suffering); the years ...
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What should we do if we need to pass gas while praying?

What should we do if we need to pass gas while praying?
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Reciting yizkor for non-observant parents

Is there anything problematic in Halacha with Jews reciting yizkor for deceased parents who were non-observant when they were alive? Or no, should it be recited even if they were not observant or ...
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Prayers from Shacharit liturgy that should be said daily even if Shacharit is missed

If I miss Shacharit, which prayers from the Shacharit liturgy should I be sure to still say (even if I have to say them later in the day)? I know I should say an extra Amida during Mincha if I missed ...
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Need help with prayers [closed]

I was raised secular but I just had a child and want to become a better Jewish father. I have no idea how I should approach prayers. Can someone help me with a weekly outline? I find so much ...
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Veahavta lereiecha kamocha before davening

Heard that there’s a custom of the arizal that Magen Abraham cites that says to say “I accept upon myself the mitzvah of veahavta lereicha kamocha” before davening. Anyone know where this is and have ...
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May Jews fulfil 100 daily berachot by listening to the berachot recited by others?

According to Halacha is it permissible for Jews to fulfill their obligation to recite 100 berachot daily by having someone else recite some berachot for them, such as having someone else recite ...
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May Jews pray near porta-potties

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to pray/daven near (not inside of) porta-potties or no? Would it depend on if the door is being opened/closed or no?
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

What is the law of praying with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat? Please include various categories of tefilla, including making a bracha, saying amen, giving someone a ...
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Prayer by a non-Jew for a Jew

Does anyone know of sources which discuss prayer by a non-Jew on behalf of Jew? Just as we pray for a fellow Jew in time on need or otherwise, what about a non-Jew who, lehavdil, "prays" ...
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Can one man count in two minyanim at same time

According to Halacha, if there are two minyanim is it permissible for both of them to count one man in a minyan at the same time? Or no, can he only count for one?
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Plural and Singular in Prashat VeHaya Im Shamoa [duplicate]

In the Parshat VeHa'ya Im Shamoa (the second Parshah of the Kriyat Shema), the verse begins with the plural:והיה אם שמוע תשמעו... ולמדתם אותם את בניכם And you put these words on your hearts and minds, ...
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What’s the source of davening twords the wall?

BH What’s the source or is there a source of davening facing towards the wall and not if someone is in front of you? Is the optimum way to daven facing right towards the wall and not behind someone ...
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Can one do double tashlumin

According to Halacha, if one misses both shacharit and minchah in the same day, can one do tashlumin for both at maariv? Or can one only do tashlumin for one Amidah?
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Is hitbodedut considered a mitzvah?

Do personal prayers to Hashem (hitbodedut) fulfill a mitzvah? It would be a great incentive for me to pray more.
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Do we pronounce the name of G-d in Aleinu?

I noticed in Aleinu that at the end, we say "בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד". I was wondering if someone could tell me about the origins of this line. Specifically, when we say יִהְיֶה ...
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Can one fulfill Tefilla obligation in a free-form manner? [duplicate]

According to those who say Tefilla is a chiyuv, is the Shemone Esrei the only way to complete the obligation? If all one does is talk to HaShem "free-form" i.e., in English in their own ...
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What happens if I forget to say the Pasuk before Shemonah Esrei - "ה" שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך"?

Every Tefilah, before Shemonah Esrei, we say a Pasuk from Tehillim - "ה" שפתי תפתח ופי יגיד תהלתיך" What should I do if I leave out the Pasuk?
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Does the Sh’ma have to be said verbally

According to Halacha, does the Sh’ma prayer have to be recited out loud? Or can it be read by oneself? I mean B’dieved, Lechatlicha it is likely preferable to verbalize it.
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Can one keep shkiah of the Gra on one day and shkia of Rabenu taam the next day

I'm trying to understand zmanim. When I go to work, I have to find a Mincha before I finish work at 5PM during the winter. But according to the opinion of Rabeinu taam I can daven Mincha after work. ...
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Bare-bones Amidah

If you are pressed for time during prayer, would it be OK to say only the blessings when you come to the Amidah, and skip the rest? I know it's not officially sanctioned, but would it be acceptable?
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Would Kavanah (intention) be the appropriate word for applying physical effort to a prayer goal or is there another word/concept for it?

There's an expression, "Pray, but move your feet." The idea of the expression is it's great to pray for things but don't think that means you are excused from putting in effort to work ...
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Inconsistency in adding Gen 1:31 to Gen 2:1-3 on Friday Nights

We say Gen 2:1-3 three times each Friday evening, once in the Amida, once after the Amida and once in the Fri Night Kiddush (Vayachulu hashamaim vehaaretz vechol tzvaam). Only one time do we preface ...
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Are all prayers answered?

Please watch this video on YouTube by Rabbi Zamir Cohen regarding prayer. https://youtu.be/-dT8TaWdWSo?si=4eNFXHOyVMZ1b9s6 Does Hashem answer ALL our prayers no matter what we ask for? #1."no ...
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Why stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat?

In the shuls I've davened in (American, Ashkenazi), we always stand during Psalm 29 during Kabbalat Shabbat. Why do we do this? What makes it different from the other psalms?
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