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

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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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Praying on plane [closed]

I will be traveling to a Passover program for the 2nd days the plane is scheduled to leave at about 6:30 am in Los Angeles to Mexico should I put Tefilen on the plane or pray in my seat and then do ...
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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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How can He reign over no subjects? [אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור נברא]

אדון עולם אשר מלך בטרם כל יצור How can He have "reigned" over no one? Shouldn't another term have been used? אין מלך בלא עם ! (I'd also like to hear an explanation from Chassidus.) Possible ...
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What language should you pray in, if not Hebrew?

If someone were multilingual but could not speak Hebrew, what language would it be preferable for them to pray in? For example, someone who can speak English, Spanish, and Korean only. This is ...
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Is it acceptable to bring trivial requests to God? [duplicate]

I think that seeking divine assistance should be reserved for significant concerns such as health or crucial life decisions, and that matters of lesser importance such as minor daily inconveniences, ...
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No minyan at shul

If a person goes to shul and there is no minyan (somewhere where there usually is one): Does that person still have the same obligation to find another minyan? Or, are there any opinions that hold ...
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Halacha Pesuka before Tefilla

Rabannan in Berakhot 31a say that we should stand to pray "מתוך הלכה פסוקה". But later the Gemara says that Rabannan acted in accordance with the Mishna (30b; 5:1), while on the other hand ...
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Why are רצה and שים שלום classified as thanksgiving and not as petitionary?

Rambam writes regarding the makeup of shemoneh esrei (tefilah 1:4) that שָׁלֹשׁ רִאשׁוֹנוֹת שֶׁבַח לַה' וְשָׁלֹשׁ אַחֲרוֹנוֹת הוֹדָיָה. וְאֶמְצָעִיּוֹת יֵשׁ בָּהֶן שְׁאֵלַת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים שֶׁהֵן ...
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וכתוב לחיים טובים כל-בני בריתך - addition for 10 days of teshuva

In Nusach Edot haMizrach, we say וכתוב לחיים טובים כל-בני בריתך between וכל החיים יודוך סלה And ויהללו ויברכו... Is there a source explaining why we put it there, instead of before וכל, and why this ...
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Obligation to stand while praying on public access transportation

According to the answers to this question one doesn’t have to stand while praying on an airplane. My question is, what is the Halacha regarding standing on a thing of public access transportation and ...
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עוֹשֶׂה חֲדָשׁוֹת - what is this referring to?

In the morning berachot of Shema, we call Hashem עוֹשֶׂה חֲדָשׁוֹת - Doer/Former of Novelties. What does this mean? What is it referring to? Possibly referring to the "הַמְחַדֵּשׁ בְּטוּבוֹ ...
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Can I fulfill my chiyuv to daven outside of the Shemone Esrei text?

If I choose to talk to HaShem in English, and didn’t recite Shemone Esrei, would that fulfill my obligation to daven (for that zman of tefillah)?
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Minhag hamakom, minhag avot, tefillah in synagogue, minhag at home

We suppose that a Jew lives in a city where there are synagogues that follow his minhag avot, but in that city there are also synagogues that do not follow his minhag avot. Halakhically, can he do the ...
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Heter for "saying tehilim"

Rambam writes (avodah zarah 11:12): הַלּוֹחֵשׁ עַל הַמַּכָּה וְקוֹרֵא פָּסוּק מִן הַתּוֹרָה, וְכֵן הַקּוֹרֵא עַל הַתִּינוֹק שֶׁלֹּא יִבָּעֵת, הַמַּנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אוֹ תְּפִלִּין עַל הַקָּטָן ...
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List of “essential prayers”?

If someone is learning how to pray and wants to start with the essentials - to not be overwhelmed by too much at once - or if someone is limited in time available to pray, what are the core (most ...
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How to understand the sun, moon, heavens, etc. praising G?

Psalm 148 talks of the sun, moon, heavens, stars, and more giving praise to G. How can we understand this concept of inanimate objects praising G?
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Thanking Christian for his prayers

Taking into account that Christianity is Avoda Zara I would like to ask the following question. I met a missionary last night who started off the conversation saying that he prays for Israel and then ...
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Requests in the Amidah - hide and seek

The Amidah standing prayer is at the center of our tefillos. Every Amidah has three blessings of praise (שבח) at the beginning, and the blessings of thanks (הודאה) at the end. The weekday Amidah has ...
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