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

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Tehillim / special prayers during pregnancy

What special Tehillim/prayers should be said during pregnancy?
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Biblical passages after tefillin brachot

Is it a requirement to read the two passages directly after wrapping (V’ydaber Hashem el Moshe l’mor and Vehaya ki yviacha)? What if one is in a hurry? Thanks!
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Halachic aspects of relocating an established minyan

Are there any halachic implications of relocating an established minyan? Here is a specific example that might help clarify my question: Suppose there is a small community that normally has Shabbat ...
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Ashkenazic Practice of the Chazan saying only certain phrases (rashei perkaim) out loud [duplicate]

What is the source of the Ashkenazic practice of the Chazzan saying only certain words out loud? That is, in your typical Artscroll siddur, there are markings for the Chazzan to raise his voice and ...
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Should I add verses in Kerias Shema on the bed

When saying the 3 parshiyot of Kerias Shema on the bed, should I add "Kel Melech Ne'eman" before the Kerias Shema (Since it is read Yechidi (alone) and not in Minyan). Should I say after ...
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Ashkenazi speed-mumble davening: origins and halachic basis? [duplicate]

What are the origins of the Ashkenazi practice of mumbly-speed-through davening? I refer both to: Shemoneh Esrei where the words are not articulated with the mouth (albeit silently) but rather the ...
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Reciting/singing Aḥeinu outside of the formal prayer setting and origin of tune

Where, when and why did the prayer Aheinu begin to be recited outside of the liturgical context? It seems that it originated as and was restricted to being recited after reading from the Torah, ...
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May acheinu be said without a minyan?

May the prayer of אַחֵינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל be said without a minyan?
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Are there time parameters for when 10 people have to combine for Shemone Esrei?

Say you have a minyan, and when the Chazzan starts Shemone Esrei, 8 of the others are up to that point and begin as well, but the others aren’t yet up to Shemone Esrei. Is that a problem for the 9 ...
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Can one pray with different nusach pronunciations [closed]

Can I pray with switching off between how different nusachim pronounce different words? The most obvious is example is Taf vs Saf- let’s say I’m saying Shema, am I allowed to say some words with the ...
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Should we be careful not to mispunctuate prayers?

There are a few times that we ten to (from personal experience) punctuate parts of songs/ piyutim/ prayers wrong. For example, in Modeh Ani people tend to punctuate as follows: שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה ...
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How should a Baal Teshuva choose between MGA and GRA for the latest Shema time? [duplicate]

Generally, a Jew knows if their origins are Ashkenazic or Sephardic. One may even know if they come specifically from Lithuanian, Hassidic, Moroccan, Tunisian or any other community but they might ...
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Pronunciation of ויכולו in Friday night davening

What is the accurate pronunciation of word ויכולו which we say in shul Friday night? I've encountered both "Vaychulu" and "Va-yichulu." I've been informed about a scholarly dispute ...
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Segula for marriage: saying Shir Hashirim 40 nights in a row?

When I was in yeshiva, someone told me of a segula for finding one's zivug is to say Shir Hashirim 40 nights in a row, at chatzot. Does anyone know of any mention of this segula anywhere?
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רִבּוֹן כָּל הָעוֹלָמִים אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת אֲדוֹן הַשָּׁלוֹם - source of this Shabbat prayer

Here is its entry in the open siddur project. The open siddur project demonstrates that the claim that this was composed by Rabbi Joseph of Rashkow, Posen can't be true as it is found in the siddur ...
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Davening for multiple things

In Taanis 8b, בִּימֵי רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָנִי הֲוָה כַּפְנָא וּמוֹתָנָא, אָמְרִי: הֵיכִי נַעֲבֵיד? נִיבְעֵי רַחֲמֵי אַתַּרְתֵּי — לָא אֶפְשָׁר In the days of Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥmani there ...
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Pregnant woman with male fetus in a minyan?

There is a Halachic option that says if there are otherwise 9 adult (above bar mitzvah age) Jewish males, an underage (pre bar mitzvah) Jewish male can be counted to make a minyan (which normally ...
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Yaaleh VeYavo during/after early Maariv on Rosh Chodesh

When you daven Maariv early (right after plag hamincha) on Rosh Chodesh, it seems you shouldn't say Yaaleh VeYavo. Why is this, since it's still day time and hence still Rosh Chodesh? If you then eat ...
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Obligation to pray in minyan in less than 1km (distance) or 18 min (time)

A Jew who lives less than 1 kilometer (walking) or less than 18 minutes (driving) from a minyan is obligated to pray in that minyan. What do these halachos look like if the Jew needs to travel more ...
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Who decided our method/style of prayer?

I noticed recently we have very many different ways in which we emphasize our prayers. They range from the standard where the congregation recites the entire prayer and the chazzan repeats the last ...
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Can one Daven with the 'wrong' pronunciation?

Can one Daven (as the chazan or by himself) using a different pronunciation of letters / vowels than his minhag? For example, pronouncing a תּ and a ת (with and without a dagesh) the same, instead of ...
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Why is זֵכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית left out sometimes on Shabbat Amidah?

Sometimes, the paragraph beginning יִשְׂמְחוּ בְמַלְכוּתָךְ ends with זֵכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית, and sometimes it doesn't. The only exception I could find composing and researching this question was ...
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If someone's ancestry was a mix of Hassidic and non-Hassidic Ashkenazi, what Nusach should they daven?

If someone can trace their ancestry to a place that had a mix of Hassidic and non-Hassidic Jews, and has no one particular custom, which Nusach should they daven?
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First-person grammatical changes in tefillah [duplicate]

Someone mentioned to me the idea that women should be saying "Modah ani" in the morning instead of "Modeh ani," which, grammatically speaking, makes sense. I've never seen any ...
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Why does chutz laaretz pray for rain when Iraq needs it?

Tain tal is supposed to be a prayer for rain for local areas. However, most of Europe and the U.S. needs it when Israel does. Babylonia needed it for late November because that's when the Tigris and ...
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How to construe last bracha of Amida these days?

In light of the horrors of this past month (the horrific murders and torture and kidnapping perpetrated by Hamas on Oct 7th, 2023), what are the possible ways to understand the last line of the last ...
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Shehecheyanu on eyeglasses

Does one recite the blessing/berakha of Shehecheyanu on getting new eyeglasses or no? As always, sources are always appreciated.
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What are the 7 kefullot in Tanya ch 3

BH What are the 7 keffulot mentioned in Tanya ch 3 page?
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Different versions of the text in Avinu Malkeinu

One of the lines in Avinu Malkeinu reads אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ נְקוֹם לְעֵינֵינוּ נִקְמַת דַּם־עֲבָדֶיךָ הַשָּׁפוּךְ: This seems to be based on the passuk in Tehillim 79:10 that says לָ֤מָּה ׀ יֹאמְר֣וּ ...
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When adding the word "Nora" when carrying out the Torah

According to the custom of the Ashkenaz (Nusach Sphard), when carrying out the Torah, on Yamim Noraim, the word "Nora" is added and they say "Kadosh veNora Shmo". I saw that some ...
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What is the significance of repeating certain pasukim?

During various parts of davening, we repeat certain pasukim, be it three or more times. What is the explanation for this practice? For example: the beginning of Mincha and Maariv, during Kriyas Shema ...
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how can we have more intentions during tefila according to chassidus?

how can we have more kavanos during tfila where can I find the maamorims on the subject of the tefila
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Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei specifics stay in

Why do some very specific phrases like "Somech noflim, rofei cholim, u'matir assurim" stay in at the beginning of Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei while they are removed from later in Shemoneh Esrei? ...
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A prayer for the hostages [closed]

Sivan Rahav Meir wrote: Rami Goren found a prayer that his grandfather Rav Shlomo Goren—who was the Chief Rabbi of the IDF from 1948-1968—composed for the safe return of prisoners captured in the Yom ...
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I cant focus enough to get words out during minyan; should I still go? [closed]

It’s very hard for me to even get words out in my minyan at school because of the Hazan and the other kids and wtvr. Should I even go to minyan, or just pray by myself? Should I go pray in an ashkenaz ...
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Positioning of yaaleh veyavo

Why is "yaaleh veyavoh" after the blessing of רצה in 18 on normal days ? Additionally why is its postion changed during the yom tov tefilot ?
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Does one forgetting swallow another? Forgot if one davened during first 30 days after Pesach

In a general situation if someone forgot if they davened shacharit or mincha on a regular week day, they should do a Tefilla Nedava to make up for it1 (based on a Korban Nedava). If someone (e.g. a ...
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Maariv caffeine

I believe it isn’t permissible to eat meat before Maariv, but would it be permitted to drink drinks with caffeine (such as coffee, or coke) beforehand? Especially if it will help to concentrate? I ...
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Why don’t Ashkenazim say korbanot before mincha?

Why doesn’t nusach ashkenaz say the korbanot before ashrei in mincha, like nusach sefard and Sefardim do? Especially since we say it before shacharis, so why not by mincha too?
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Change of words in Lecha Dodi in Yom Tov versus Shabbat

In the last stanza in Lecha Dodi, Ashkenazi Nusach Sfard, say on a regular Shabbat - "Gam BeRina", whereas on Yom Tov that falls in Shabbat we say "Gam BeSimcha". What is the ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase בִּזְכוּת תְּפִלַּת (רַב) רַבִּים?

I know this is only in sefard. But I am curious since I have heard two different options for the meaning of this line. The first is "in the merit of the prayer of many" and the second is in ...
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Why does כרת וערירי (Excision and Childlessness) come after "death at the hand of Heaven"?

While davening from the Machzor, I noticed this seemingly strange anomaly. At the end in the text of the Al Chet prayer it says, "וְעַל חֲטָאִים שֶׁאָֽנוּ חַיָּבִים עֲלֵיהֶם כָּרֵת וַעֲרִירִי - ...
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How to understand the Union of Zeir Anpin and Malchut in Assiya

BH I understand the world goes through a process of Seder hishtalshelut. So how to understand the union of ZA and Malchut in the world of Assiya? And how does this happen through the Tzimtzum?
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Why adding the first verse to Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha

The Mizmor Ashrei Yoshvei Beitecha is mostly based on the 145 chapter in Psalms. The first two verses begin in the 84:5 chapter and the last verse of the 144 chapter. It is understood that apparently ...
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What’s the correct nusach Ari [closed]

BH How come there are so many Nusach Ari’s?? What is the correct one to Daven from? And are all Nusach Ari’s the thirteenth gate where everyone could enter?
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What’s the source for Kiriyat Shma AlHamita prayers as they are written in the Tehilat Hashem siddur?

BH What’s the source for reciting kiriyat Shma Al Hamita which includes additional prayer besides just the shma as they are laid out in Tehilat Hashem sidur? The prayers being Ribono Shel Olam, ...
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Does using different Divine names in prayer have practical consequences and effects?

It is well known that there are different names for G-d, blessed be He, even shown in the Torah itself, where different references to Him emphasize different relations and attributes. Having said that,...
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Why are we allowed to make unlimited prayer in any language at a time where we are not allowed to answer amen?

According to (at least) Rav Ovadiah Yosef (based on his understanding of Maran in Shulchan Aruch), one is not allowed to answer amen (except first 5 of Kaddish), baruch Hu u'varuch Shemo, or the ...
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The reasons for changes in Tefilah when Rosh Hasahana falls on Shabbat

I have summarized some changes in the Rosh Hashanah Tefilah that falls on Shabbat and I would be happy to understand whether the change took place and the reason for the change in the wording (...
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Birthday of the world

Why do we say היום הרת עולם on rosh hashana if the world was created five days before on the 25th of elul?
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