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Rebbe of Kotzk and a penitent having kavannah

I once heard a story about the Kotzker Rebbe that went something like this: A man came to the Rebbe with an urgent request. He had been to many other rabbonim and Rebbes, and begged them to prescribe ...
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If a women forgot Ya'ale Ve'yavo in Mincha, does she have to daven again? [duplicate]

Per שו”ע או”ח סימן קפ”ח סעיף ח if one forgets יעלה ויבוא in bentching on Rosh Chodesh one is not obligated to bentch again, because one is not obligated to eat bread. On the other hand, on Friday ...
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Birkat Hatorah Verse Selection

In the siddur (Full Text), the blessings for Birkat haTorah are immediately followed by passages from the Torah, Mishnah, and Talmud, respectively. May Hashem bless you and guard you. May Hashem ...
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If you happen to daven with a minyan that say tachanun when you normally wouldn't, do you need to say it with them? [duplicate]

I'm guessing you must respond to va'yikra in any case but I'm not sure about the rest.
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Karaite prostration minhag different?

Is the Karaite prostration minhag uniform to that preserved by other Jews or are there differences?
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Authorship / Derivation of the Yehi Ratzon יְהִי רָצוֹן at the End of the Amidah

In Nusach Ashkenaz we say at the end of each Amidah, a three phrase Yehi Ratzon for the rebuilding of the Bet HaMikdash (Temple). Can anyone shed light on the authorship or derivation of this Yehi ...
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Is there any synagogue where Jews still do full Sujood (prostration) all year-round? [closed]

Is there any synagogue in the world where Jews still do sujood (prostration), all year-round according to the ancient laws & minhagim? I'm using Sujood (prostration) to refer to the whole set of ...
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Is davening with one's hands clasped behind the back something that is frowned up in Judaism?

Does davening with your hands behind your back present too relaxed of an attitude for proper prayer? I vaguely remember hearing or seeing this somewhere but cannot seem to remember where. Or maybe I ...
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Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the four p'sukim added onto the end of Shir Ha'ma'alos before bentshing (Tehilas, etc.)? [duplicate]

Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the four p'sukim added onto the end of Shir Ha'ma'alos before bentshing (Tehilas, etc.)? The 4 verses seem to come from completely different areas ...
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Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the three p'sukim added onto the end of Aanim Zmiros (Shir Hakavod)?

Looking for how, when and why these 3 verses were added. I have no sources for this and find the question intriguing. The additional three verses are [image is from Authorised Daily Prayer Book 2nd ...
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Halachot on Davening as a Yachid

I have a siddur app called Smart Siddur, and it has a "Yachid" mode, for when davening alone. I had to use it recently due to a family illness*, and it got me curious about halachot for ...
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Private prayer in Aramaic language

The Gemara in Sota, quoted below, states that an individual prayer may not be said in Aramaic, but a collective prayer can be said in Aramaic. Sota 33a. THE 'PRAYER'. [It may be recited in any ...
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Special blessings/zechuyot - how does it work?

When we want special zechuyot (merits/credit, such as blessings, health etc.) for others as well as ourselves (bakashas etc), we often add dedications/names to our learning and prayers. Why exactly do ...
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Can I put Tefilen back on [closed]

If I took off my Tefilen and realized that I forgot to say the 2 paragraphs that one must say with tifilen on should I put them back on if so should I make a bracha. Thanks to all that help
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Is a shomer needed for each tefila

For one who davens each tefilla at a different time every day, is it halacha l'maysa that one must set a Shomer to remind them to daven, or else once the earliest zman for each tefilla comes, it's ...
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Repeating first beracha of shemonah Esrei when know will have kavona with another siddur

I recently purchased a siddur for my son who has autism called siddur lakol (see below link to digital version). It uses symbols instead of words for each word. https://www.jweb.org.uk/siddur-lakol I ...
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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 (the 13 Divine Attributes)?

Specifically the yud gimmel midos harachamim (the 13 Divine Attributes) are recited as a prayer rather than for example practicing kria (reading from the Torah with musical cantillation notes) when ...
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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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