Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Is there a proper order of davening for one who learns before minyan?

For someone who learns before davening with a minyan, is it proper to say korbanot before learning? Or is it more proper to wait until after learning to say it with the minyanim. I am curious if there ...
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What prayers are obligated to say

What prayers are Jews obligated to say? I’ve heard that the average liturgy is 30 minutes but Rabbi David Bay Hayim does one that’s only 9.
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Malchus in Birkas Haminim

Many nuschaos of Birkas Haminim say "Malchus Zadon" instead of "v'hazeidim" (this is the german nusach I believe as well as that used by some chasidim). Nusach Chabad also says ...
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Why do we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot during the Duchan? [duplicate]

When the Kohanim are blessing the klal we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot tefillah. Why is this the time for this tefillah?
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A minor (?) issue with spelling in Nusach Ari

Last Shabbes, I noticed that in two different nusach Ari siddurim (Torah Or and Tehillas Hashem), Modim in the Shemoneh Esrei either possesses or lacks a waw depending on whether it is a Shabbes or a ...
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If a composer of a nigun is accused of a serious offense should his nigun no longer be sung?

If someone who is well respected in the community writes wonderful inspiring nigunim that are used in tefila, and then allegations appear that the individual is suspected of, or implicated in, serious ...
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Why doesn’t מזמור שיר ליום השבת mention Shabbos?

The song of the day for Shabbos is מזמור שיר ליום השבת. Yet it doesn’t seem to mention Shabbos at all! Why is this? Also, why does this Tehillim refer to a specific day of the week at all?
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Candles for praying at home

In schul we light candles before starting davening. If someone is praying at home, can they light candles as well (without a minian)? Does it have to be two? Or one is sufficient to remember the Ner ...
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מנ"ע - Talking to a person but intent towards Hashem

I've seen in a few places the concept that we sometimes find a person talking to another, but their intent is really to Hashem. Some examples are the Vilna Gaon (Esther 7:6), Noam Elimelech (...
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Father is sick but he's not Jewish

My mother is Jewish and I was raised Jewish. My dad converted in the reform tradition and I know what that means. Recently he's become ill, I am scared of what that means. I am incredibly close with ...
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Should people davening alone daven together?

If a few men know there will be no minyan so they choose to daven biyechidut, is there merit to their staying "together" either in shul or not? Is there a notion of "kahal" or &...
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Why is chosenness removed in the evening prayer?

In the morning service we say Ahavah Rabbah: Baruch atta HaShem ha-bocher b'ammo Yisrael be-ahava (Blessed are You, O Lord, Who has chosen His people Israel with love.) In the evening service we say ...
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Why K"Yatom and not K"Derobonnon?

In my Artscroll Siddur Yitzchak Yair Hashalem, after the section called Vayiten L'cha there is a small piece of instruction: בכמה קהילות אמרים כאן קדיש יתום In some congregations [people] say here ...
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Why can't you give a bracha to yourself?

I didn't find anywhere people giving brachas to oneself. We find in Tanach people giving brachas to others. It seems one can't give a bracha to oneself. Why not?
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What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla?

What's the source that there is תשלומין for tefilla? Is it learnt out from תשלומין of korbanos? Also related to this: do the daily karbanos, such as the tamid, have תשלומין if they weren’t brought at ...
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Does one learning individually say the yehi ratzon?

In every Schottenstein Gemara, the front cover comes equipped with two Yehi Ratzon prayers, one before and one after learning. These prayers include phrases that mention learning with a friend/partner....
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What did Avrohom know about the war in Shechem (Rashi on Beraishis 12 (6))?

Rashi on Beraishis 12 (6) says And Abram passed through the land until the place of Shechem: to pray for Jacob’s sons when they would come to wage war in Shechem. So Avrohom knew (prophetically) ...
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Kavanah, Prayer and OCD

Shalom, Well to start off, since a very young age I have suffered from quite severe and crushing OCD (as the title would suggest). Now of course I am used to having such a wicked condition interfere ...
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Answering Amen after Yihyu Leratzon

If someone, for some reason, forgot to say the 1st Yihyu Leratzon during Shemoneh Esrei and started Elokai Netzor, is he allowed to answer Amen to Kadish as he would be having recited the 1st Yihyu ...
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Could one make a mi'shebeirach for a sick animal under these specific circumstances? [duplicate]

The general rule that I am aware of is that we don't make mi'shebeirach for a sick animal. The problem is two-fold (according to my understanding) The animal lacks a Hebrew name. You do not know the ...
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Is there a Jewish equivalent of "Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you."?

A popular phrase, frequently and wrongly attributed to the Talmud, is "Pray as if everything depended on God; act as if everything depended on you." I am trying to find out if there is ...
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To whom do the terms rishonim and acharonim refer, as used in the morning davening?

The terms rishonim and acharonim are in the morning davening, in the second paragraph after the Shema. To what do these terms refer, as used there? We use those terms to refer to a sages of different ...
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Birchos Hashachar (Morning Brachos) - 'Who spreads the earth above the waters' - why the strange expression?

The Gemoro in Brachos 60b writes that it used to be the practise that as a person woke up, at each stage of him getting ready for the day, he said the relevant bracho. Upon hearing the sound of the ...
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What is ‘kedusha desidra’?

I sometimes see the kedusha of uva letzion referred to as kedusha desidra (e.g. in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 132:2). What is the origin of this phrase? What does it mean?
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How accurate do I have to be in performing mitzvos to time?

We can now measure time more accurately than in the past (see this question). What are the implications? I do not ask about situations where the time is critical for a Torah law where obviously one ...
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Which Hoshana teffilot and Musaf Korbonos go with which days in Israel?‎

I have an Artscroll siddur which lists the different Hoshanos to say on which days of Chol Hamoed Sukkos in America,‎ and also in the Musaf which korbonos to say for each day,‎ but it seems to be ...
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Why do we need to state 2 reasons not to cry out?

During the mi shebeirach for cholim we insert the reason that we temper our cries. On Shabbat, we say "shabbat hi miliz'ok" (the Shabbat forbids us from crying out) and on Yom Tov, we say &...
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Date to Begin Asking for Rain in the Diaspora

In the US we usually start asking for rain in the amida on the fourth of December at night. The halacha states that this is on the sixtieth days of tekufat Tishri (the fall season). But the fall ...
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Do the Five books in Avinu malkeinu have any connection to the book of righteous/sefer Tzadikim?

In Avinu Malkeinu we mention five books, ספר חיים טובים, - book of good life ספר גאולה וישועה, - book of redemption and salvation ספר זכויות, - book of merits ספר פרנסה וכלכלה, - book of income and ...
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Can one say Shir Hamaalos without a Minyan?

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, many congregations say שיר המעלות after Yishtabach. Is there any problem saying שיר המעלות without a minyan?
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Can you say HaShem's name in personal tefillot?

When saying a personal tefilla at the end of shemoneh esrei, and one is saying "May it be Your will, HaShem, etc." is it proper to say HaShem's actual name or not to?
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Yachid saying anim zemiros

Rabbi Herschel Shachter and his Rabbi say that a yachid doesn't say anim zemiros. Do any non-Modern Orthodox poskim rule likewise, and if so, who.
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Aruch HaShulchan on not saying certain phrases in hallel when davening alone

The Aruch HaShulchan 422:9 says someone davening alone should not say "ki l'olam chasdo" after "yomar na yisrael." Then he seems to say the same, that one shouldn't say "ki l'...
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Maaneh Lashon - Book

My grandfather used to use this book when he was alive to daven at the cemeteries of his relatives each year. https://i.stack.imgur.com/RMNwb.jpg (The first pages are different but the rest looks ...
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Are you allowed to pray for your own death?

No suicide or euthanasia is allowed in Judaism. But are you allowed to pray for your own death? You can pray for the death of someone who is incurably sick, in pain and dying. This is based on ...
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Piskei Teshuvos on sleeping before Shacharis if one was up all night

Halachipedia says that Piskei Teshuvos 89:22 and Ishei Yisrael 13:31 rule that one may not go to sleep within half an hour of alos hashachar if one was up all night before davening Shacharis. Can ...
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Wearing Tallit after the morning?

If someone didn't wear a tallit during morning prayers, when they put it on in the afternoon let's say, do they make a bracha? Based on my searches online the info has been rather conflicting or just ...
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Tune for Nusach Nadvorna and/or Kretchnif

Does anybody know where I could find a good, clear, example of nusach Kretchnif or Nadvorna? I've looked through Kol Torah Online but all the examples they have are older tapes with pretty rough audio ...
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Rosh Hashonoh. Pray for forgiveness and needs – or not?

In my copy of the Siddur HaGr”a there is an introduction to the prayers of Rosh Hashonoh. It is quite clear there that we mention neither our sins nor our needs. Therefore our Rabbis forbade us to ...
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Selichot vs tikkun hatsot

The Yalkut Yosef says that praying tikkun hatsot-- a perhaps 15 minute tefilla focusing on the Hurban-- is preferable to selichot-- a 45 minute tefilla on Rachamim with the 13 middot of Rachamim? Did ...
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Secondary reason for shortened Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos?

The main view for why we shorten the Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos is that we do not want to focus on the mundane, but rather the holiness of the day. However, I do remember hearing that the other reason ...
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What is the difference between an avnet and an aizur

I have seen the question on Mi Yodeya titled Wearing a gartel The Shulchan Aruch 91:2 writes even though you are wearing an 'avnet' you should still wear an 'aizur' to daven. One wonders, what is the ...
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Davening alone on the yamim noraim

I found a Kof-K publication titled "Tefillah When Davening Alone" and learned that there is more to it than just skipping the parts that require a minyan (see here). Now I seek a similar ...
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Why do we change the order?

In the brochos before the Shema we have the in הַמֵּאִיר לָאָרֶץ the phrase וּבְטוּבו מְחַדֵּשׁ בְּכָל יום תָּמִיד מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית with the word וּבְטוּבו the first word in that phrase. We then ...
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Why Isn't There a Tefila for Fertility?

Within Shmoneh Esrai we daven for everyone of these items below, except for childbirth. Why? R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted ...
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Why did Avraham pray for a son if he was promised one?

Hashem promised Avraham as son when he left Haran, at age 75. Yet it seems that Avraham and Sarah prayed for the next 25 years until they indeed were blessed with Yitzhak. How could we describe ...
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Covid 19. Who says גַּדְּלוּ לה' אִתִּי and יְהַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם ה?

During the Covid 19 situation, in our shul the Baal Koreh takes out the Sefer Torah out and the person who does Hagbah takes it back. (The idea is to minimise the number of times the sefer is handled.)...
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What is the current Ashkenazic practice on the Alenu?

The Alenu is part of our daily liturgy. It says: It is our duty to praise the Master of all... who has not made us like the nations of the lands, nor placed us like the families of the earth; who ...
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Direction of prayer in different locations in the world

In any place in the world or in Europe, should the prayer be directed to the east (מזרח) always, or it's different from country to country or continent to continent?
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How can we wish for שמחה during חודש אב when the שולחן ערוך says we're supposed to lessen our שמחה during that month?

When we say ברכת החודש on the שבת before חודש אב, we ask ה׳ to give us a month full of ששון and שמחה. However, the משנה in תענית פרק ד משנה ה, the רמב׳׳ם in הלכות תעניות פרק ה הלכה ו, and the שולחן ...

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