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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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Change of Eida’s accent of Hebrew

Let’s say a certain Eida has a mesorah on how to enunciate Hebrew, and now their children learn Israeli Hebrew and within one generation it completely replaces the traditional way they used for more ...
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How does one understand and make meaning of the Biein Melitz Yosher paragraph in the yom kippur shemone esreh?

How does one understand and make meaning of the Biein Melitz Yosher paragraph in the yom kippur shemone esreh ?
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Is there an audio recording for all of Nishmat Kol Chai?

My favourite prayer in the siddur is Nishmat Kol Chai. However, as a non-Hebrew speaker (I can read the letters phonetically), I find the length of the text intimidating. In addition, since it is ...
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What should one do while waiting for repetition of the Amidah to start?

What should an individual be doing after finishing his personal Amidah while waiting for the chazzan's repetition to start? Do the same restrictions apply during this period as the period while the ...
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If we don't and can't know someone's full hebrew name when davening for them

It recently happened to me that I really wanted to daven for someone but I only knew their name and not their father or mothers name. In general, how do we daven for someone whose hebrew name we ...
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Explanation of this verse in Psalm 137

אַשְׁרֵ֤י שֶׁיֹּאחֵ֓ז וְנִפֵּ֬ץ אֶֽת־עֹ֝לָלַ֗יִךְ אֶל־הַסָּֽלַע׃ A blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks! Psalms 137:9 This verse doesn't sit well with me... It ...
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Exactly which parts of the selichot are in Aramaic and to be skipped when davening without a minyan before Rosh Hashanah?

So my Hebrew isn't great and my ability to differentiate it from Aramaic is worse. I won't be able to do selichot with a minyan this year and am, to be frank, limited on time every day. I'm trying to ...
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Is there a minhag to start blowing the shofar from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul?

I went to a shul this morning that blew the shofar, as far as I had known it was always blown starting the second day of Rosh Chodesh, for clarity I daven nusach Sefard and both places were a nusach ...
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Going to bathroom during Tefilla - can one read?

It is halacha that if one has needs (gadol) during tefilla, and can't hold it, one should go. To keep this very complex halachic discussion simple, let's just assume that we are talking about a ...
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Can non-Jews pray to change their "mazal"?

I don't have the sources for this, but I know that there is a principle that Jews can daven (pray) to change our mazal (sort of like luck, but probably not a great translation). I know that there is ...
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Why is Human Intellect the only "faculty" with a dedicated Beracha in Amidah?

Only one of the berachot in Amidah (notably, the first one after the 3 berachot of praise; אַתָּה חוֹנֵן לְאָדָם דַּֽעַת) thematically corresponds to a faculty in the human being, namely intelligence. ...
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When davening Shemona Esrei, can you stop and concentrate on an earlier part you didn't concentrate on?

Say you finished Rifo'einu and didn't have Kavanah, but you already said Bareich Aleinu, can you stop and concentrate on Rifo'einu? What about if you forgot to concentrate on the first brachos till ...
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Is there any times during prayer that one can use payos?

Is there any times during prayer where the use of payos, like kissing the tefillin in shema, is suggested?
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How does one actually use kabbalistic kavanot during prayer?

My question is concerning the issue of the kabbalistic kavanot and yichudim which are present in the various Kabbalistic siddurim available on the market. There are numerous such siddurim available ...
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How Should We Wait for Moshiach?

While listening carefully to Eicha, I came across a possuk (Eicha 3:26) that says: ט֤וֹב וְיָחִיל֙ וְדוּמָ֔ם לִתְשׁוּעַ֖ת יְהֹוָֽה׃ - It is good to wait patiently till rescue comes from the LORD."...
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By what mechanism does the recital of Tehillim cause Hashem to heal someone who is ill?

It is customary to say Tehillim to ask Hashem to heal someone who is ill. I want to know how this works. One possible mechanism is that the Tehillim are the praises of Hashem which must come before a ...
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Origin of "Shomer Yisrael"

What is the origin of the prayer Shomer Yisrael? Who wrote it, when and where did it first appear? שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל! שְׁמֹר שְׁאֵרִית יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאַל יֹאבַד יִשְׂרָאֵל, הָאוֹמְרִים: שְׁמַע ...
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Kadesh while catching up [duplicate]

Many times while davening I will fall slightly behind and kadesh will start while I am still in middle of a paragraph. Should I answer or continue davening (or just answer and continue davening, ...
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What does it mean to "cleave to the letters" during prayer or Torah study?

In the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, it talks about "cleaving to the letters" during prayer or Torah study. It has to do with the Hebrew letters and a special way of visualizing or ...
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Anyone know of a nusach that exludes the word לברך from the prayer of ובמקהלות?

Anyone know of a nusach that exludes the word לברך from the prayer of ובמקהלות? It seems to be in both Ashkenaz and Sefard
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Mirror in Shul?

Is a mirror allowed in shul if it is hanging on a wall that no one faces when they daven? It feels wrong to me, but I cannot find a source stating that it is explicitly forbidden since no one is ...
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כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים - further reading please

Every day in the berachot of Shema, we describe the angels who praise Hashem as כֻּלָּם אֲהוּבִים, all beloved. I would like further reading on this description of them. Anything: who they are, why ...
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Removing tefillin, Uva Letziyon, and יהי רצון שנשמור חקיך

There used to be, according to Minhag Eretz Yisrael, a bracha that was said on removing tefillin: אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור חקיו. The Shulchan Aruch rules not to say it, and as far as I know, ...
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Food Prayed Over By A Idolater [duplicate]

Is a Jew allowed to eat food that is prayed over by a Christian even if there is no mention of “JC?”
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Sefer Torah holder on Monday and Thursday, standing or sitting during Yehi Ratzon?

I am looking for sources that tell us if the person that holds the Sefer Torah should stand up or sit down while the Yehi Ratzon on Mondays and Thursdays are recited?
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Source for Ancient Prohibition against Writing Prayers?

This short article on the History of the Siddur claims: In ancient times, customary daily prayers were recited by heart, or a reader prayed aloud and the congregation responded to the blessings with “...
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bowing down during davening

If we look in the rishonim, we see that they said that we have to bow when we pray. The gemara (in Meggilah) also said that there are 3 types of bowing during prayer. I'm pretty sure there was also a ...
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The latest time for davening Shacharit

I have heard many opinions regarding when one can stop saying Shacharit. I heard some people say chatzot, and some say the 4th hour. I heard some rumors that Sephardim only goes up until the 4th hour. ...
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Can one do tikun chatzos without waking up at midnight

If one is up til halachic midnight, does one have to go to sleep to say tikun chatzos or can one recite it anyway.
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Are we allowed to ignore someone's wishes for privacy if there is a great spiritual reason to do so?

If someone we know has a serious medical issue, like they had a stroke or heart attack and the prognosis isn't good, and they ask that nobody should know except close family, do we have to listen? The ...
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Different names for "Birchas Kohanim"

Where did the different names for the "priestly blessings" come from? Duchaning , Birkas Kohanim, Nesiat Kapayim etc..
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What are the differences between selichah, mechilah and kaparah?

In reflecting on these three terms, selichah, mechilah and kapparah, they are often thought of simply as synonyms of forgiveness. But trying to focus on their specific meanings in the context of the ...
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Does it suffice to know the pronounciation of a name without its spelling?

Today, I asked a friend what his Hebrew name is to daven for him. He said his full name but did not know the spelling of his mother's name (Perel). This made me wonder: Is there any relevance to the ...
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Can I drink water in middle of the night without washing my hands?

If we are unable to say Hashem’s name with impure hands (in this case caused by sleeping) and I wake up in the middle of the night extremely thirsty, would I need to get out of bed and wash netilas ...
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Does a woman need to appoint a shomer when eating a meal or working before mincha?

Halacha says that once the time for Mincha arrives, unless one appoints a Shomer, one may not sit down to eat a meal or get initially involved in certain forms of work lest he forget to Daven. Would ...
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How and why did Rabbi Ishmael's 13 rules make their way into pre-tefillah in shacharit?

There are various customs surrounding the recitation of Rabbi Ishmael's 13 rules of hermeneutics before shacharit. In many shuls I have prayed in (not as much in Israel), this is recited before ...
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Assuming the status of a Beit Knesset or Beit Medrash

I heard Beit HaKnessiot and Medrashot have certain laws like you can't eat or sleep inside a Beit Knesset, for example, and others for Beit Medrash. Now I heard our synagogue is like a Beit HaMedrash ...
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Making a mistake in Brachot

BH If you say a Bracha and make a mistake on the words Baruch or Ata or Elokeinu or Melech or HaOlam do you have to say the bracha over and if you do is it considered Levatalah because you say the ...
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Washing before prayer (specifically Shema

I know the morning requires 3 times, but during other times of the day, is it required to wash 3 times before prayer (mainly wondering about the Shema), or is only 1 time ok?
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Forgetting to say Shabbat additions in a Yom Tov Amidah - how to make up?

If someone forgot to add in the Shabbat additions to a Yom Tov davening, do they have to make it up by repeating? If so, and if they did so at Shacharit and only remembered after Chatzot (midday), how ...
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Why specifically say the Beis HaMikdash will return "to its place"?

The HaRachaman included in many Siddurim after Sefiras HaOmer says: הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יַחֲזִיר לָנוּ עֲבוֹדַת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ לִמְקוֹמָה בִּמְהֵרָה בְּיָמֵֽינוּ אָמֵן סֶֽלָה - The Merciful One, may ...
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Did Mordechai have a different "scream" than Moshe Rabbeinu?

What are some of the differences between the word וַיִּצְעַק and וַיִּזְעַק? וַיִּצְעַק Here: ( https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.8.8?ven=Metsudah_Chumash,_Metsudah_Publications,_2009&lang=bi&...
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End of Fourth Hour Approaching, Berachot of Keriyat Shema or Amidah?

According to general halacha, one may not recite the berachot of keriyat shema after the 4th halachic hour. Ashkenazim can do so if they were withheld from reciting them in their proper time for ...
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Davening out loud?

I am doing research on the different approaches and styles of davening, i have heard about specifically not davening out loud, and i have heard of minhagim that say to specifically daven out loud. ...
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What is the status of a Tefilah in which one prayed for rain when he shouldn’t have?

if one prayed for rain in Minchah of Erev Shabbos, and only remembered once Shabbos came in, when we don’t say that Berachah - is it the same as one who forgot to say “Ya’aleh Ve’yavo”, and only ...
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Angels of impurity before marriage?

I cam across an article here stating that before we marry, each person has an 'angel of impurity' attached to them from birth. https://www.dailyhalacha.com/WeeklyParasha.asp?ParashaClipID=754 I ...
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Allegories to explain what it means for prayers to "reach Hashem"

There are examples in Torah thought that prayers can and cannot reach Hashem. For example, the idea that there are 955 heavens and our prayers can only be carried to the 900th, and we are responsible ...
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Kindness and mercy from the Ksones Passim

Some people have a custom to say at the end of Birkas Kohanim on Yom Tov the Yehi Ratzon. You can find this prayer here: In this prayer, we say: כשם שנתת את יוסף צדיקך בשעה שהלבישו אביו כתנת פסים ...
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