Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Is it better to daven a"tartei desasrei" mincha/maariv with a minyan or in the correct time without a minyan?

According to Mishnah Berura 233:11, it sounds like if the only available minyan was "tartei desasrei," i.e. mincha after plag and maariv immediately after, it would still be preferable than ...
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Deformed Malachim through Mispronunciation of Words in Tefilah

There is a common saying that whenever one mispronounces a word in tefila, a deformed malach is created that will testify against him in Beis Din shel Mala. Does anyone have source for this? The only ...
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Position of our hands while praying?

How should our hands be positioned in prayer? Is there a right or wrong way? Various biblical passages seem to indicate that raising the handpalms is an appropriate gesture for prayer. Verses like ...
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How to kiss tzitzit while wearing a mask

An offshoot of this question. It is some people's practice to kiss their tzitzit during davening. When one wears a mask, one is really kissing the interior of the mask. Should one still bring the ...
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Face Mask for Shmoneh Esreh?

Is a facemask considered "overdressed for davening"? Is there a difference between a disposable blue one vs custom made
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Why do we sometimes repeat shmoneh esrei when we forget yaaleh v'yavo and sometimes not?

It is my understanding that we do not repeat shmoneh esrei when we forget yaaleh v'yavo by maariv on rosh chodesh because maariv is a reshus. Based on this premise why do we repeat shmoneh esrei when ...
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Early Rosh Chodesh

There's a concept of early Shabbos. A person can accept Shabbos early, pray Shabbos Maariv before dark (according to Rabbi Yehudah, who says you can pray after Plag HaMincha; I admit this one is less ...
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Yom Kippur Katan - Source and Composer

Recently there has been many places that say Yom Kippur Katan prayers at Mincha on Erev Rosh Chodesh. What is the source and who composed the Yom Kippur Katan prayers?
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Which minyan should I go to?

If there are 2 minyanim to go to: A- One that I know for sure has 50 people. B- One that I know for sure only has 15 people. Should I go to the bigger minyan so that my tefillah is more likely to be ...
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Mincha ketana vs just before shekia

I have read that one can pray mincha gedola be'minyan instead of mincha ketana be'yachid. But would praying "just before shekiya" be'minyan still be more recommended than mincha ketana be'...
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Is it permitted for a gentile to say jewish prayers? [duplicate]

The title pretty much says it all. Is it permitted for a gentile to say jewish prayers to Hashem ? How about a gentile who is on the path to conversion ? Would he be permitted to say jewish prayers ?
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Rabbinic influences in the Karaite Siddur

The KJA Siddur appears to have a number of instances of influence from the Rabbinic liturgy. Some examples of note, based on a brief perusal: Page 2: The brachah on tzitzis. (The questions there ...
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Amen in Boneh Yerushalayim

In Birkat HaMazon, the one who is saying Birkat HaMazon answers amen to his own bracha during the third bracha, Boneh Yerushalayim, as required by the text. Why is it that here we say amen to our ...
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Why is the first bracha after Yishtabach not a bracha?

In any checklist for saying 100 brachos a day, and based on the fact that we do not answer amen, why is the bracha that ends in "oseh shalom u'voreh es hakol" not considered a bracha? It is not ...
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What is the law for someone who had the urge to use the restroom in the middle of Shmona Esrei at Mincha or Ma’ariv?

A Chabad Rabbi said for a case where the urge was minor that one can delay until finishing the Aleinu. What is the law for those who follow a litvishe minhag? Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff at Yeshiva.com ...
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Ana B'koach in prayers

There are certain places within prayer, where we mention this interesting prayer. Just wanted to know why do we say Ana B'koach in those certain places?
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Auspicious Time for Tefillah After Mitzva?

Is there a source that it is an especially auspicious time to daven after completing a mitzva? There are many Yehi Ratzons after fulfilling various mitzvos (shabbos candles, arba minim, etc.), but I ...
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Do we have to kiss our tefilin?

In most Seddurim, at certain points during davening (Ashrei, Shema, etc.), it says to touch and kiss the tefilin. The Shulchan Aruch (28:1) says חייב אדם למשמש בתפילין בכל שעה שלא יסיח דעתו מהם A ...
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Why recite the Psalms verses out of order?

The Talmud (RH 32b) lists the three Torah verses suitable for mention in the Kingship section of Rosh Hashana's Musaf as Num 23:21, Deu 33:5 and Exo 15:18. The Tur (OC 591) among others quotes R' Hai ...
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Yehi Ratzon After Birkas Kohanim

Is there reason to say the Yehi Ratzon in Birkas Kohani after the third stanza (ending in 'shalom')? I always said it quietly based on the Artscroll Machzor but have have been uncertain due to the ...
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Why so repetitive in davening?

Looking at a siddur, in the Korbanos, the order of the Temple service is written. In the first paragraph (אַבַּיֵּי הֲוָה מְסַדֵּר), it lists everything that is done in a strange manner, it says what ...
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Chassidishe Davening nusach

I'm searching for a recording of the davening nusach of Shabbos/Yom Tov according to hasidic tradition. I have in mind something from Belz/Bobov/Satmar/Vishnitz
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Tefilas Hashlah when Rosh Chodesh Sivan on a Sunday

Teflias Hashlah is traditionally said on the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan. However, this year, with Rosh Chodesh falling out on Sunday, I heard that it is said on the previous Thursday. Is that true? ...
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Woman praying for others during labor- any source?

I've heard multiple times that when a woman is in labor it is a special time to pray for other people. Is there any source for that?
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Amen between Hashkiveinu and Yir'u Eineinu in maariv

Based on Brachot 45b and Yerushalmi Brachot 5:4/40b, many communities have the custom of saying amen after several of their own brachot. One of the places where some add amen is at the end of the ...
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Practical Kabbalah saving lives

In a situation of pikuach nefesh (for one Jew or many Jews or even for a non Jew or many non Jews), if one knows how to utilize Kabbalah Masseios (Practical Kabbalah - Using Divine names for "...
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Why not say Shir Shel Yom in the evening?

I took a look at two questions: One, which focused on WHY we say Shir Shel Yom included the claim of the Chashukei Chemed in the answer, that "אבל הוא הדבר אשר דברתי דמה שאנו אומרים שיר של יום אינו ...
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Changing facing during Amida

Is it allowed to change facing during the Amida, if one has find out that he\she is facing the wrong direction?
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Does birchat hachodesh need three people?

Does birchat hachodesh need three (or four) people preferably as a commemoration to Beth Din?
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Was R. Shimon Bar Yochai not part of "R. Shimon Bar Yochai and his companions"?

The Talmud in Shabbat 11a states that those like R. Shimon Bar Yochai whose occupation is Torah study are exempt from prayer: דתניא חברים שהיו עוסקין בתורה מפסיקין לק"ש ואין מפסיקין לתפלה א"...
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What are the arrows in my siddur?

Shalom, I'm a baal teshuva who recently began reciting daily prayers. I own several Koren siddurim and I notice in all of them, occasional small arrows pointing at the text. Does anyone know what ...
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What is the "kedusha of the individual"?

In a 13th century manuscript of a machzor according to Minhag Ashkenaz (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Hébreu 644), on the pages for the kedusha on Shabbat for shacharit and mussaf, there is an ...
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Is it acceptable to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into one’s life? [closed]

Is it acceptable for a widow to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into her life?
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"Anenu" for taanit le'shaot - fasting half day

If one would practically only be missing breakfast, could he say anenu in shacharit and finsh the fast (and not in mincha by which time he has eaten)? or must anenu in shacharit go together with ...
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What does וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ in Kaddish mean?

There are some versions that have it with "Vikarev Mishichei" following the "Viyamlich Malchuse", and that seems to mean that the Kaddish is a prayer for Moshiach(?) myJewishLearning.com it has ...
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Shabbat Hi Milizok: How to pray for sick on Shabbat?

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites has been suggesting in his weekly Dvar Torah that people praying at home because of the Corona virus epidemic should add to the prayers ...
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How physically close do people need to be for a minyan to count?

The current health situation has resulted in restrictions on large group prayers. Minyans have been included in such restrictions. Though this is the case, certain groups have been shown praying ...
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Praying at the same time

Are there any sources (prior to 5780) that discuss the value or lack thereof of isolated individuals praying at the same time?
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Origins of "Kaddish Yachid"

I was recently introduced to the concept of a "Kaddish Yachid," attributed to Rav Amram Gaon. A few fairly unreliable sources online discuss it as some form of a stand-in for when Kaddish can't be ...
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What to say during a mageifah [closed]

We are being asked to say the parsha of ketores and tehillim during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Why are we not saying on a daily basis those sections of the Torah that discuss past mageifahs to ...
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Is it permitted to pray for the death of an evil king or other evil national leader?

This is a subset of the question of "is it permissible to pray for anyone's death?" and "is it permissible to pray for an evil-doer's death?" and goes to the question of whether one may pray for the ...
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Bowing when davening outside

If one is davening outside, and one says aleinu* and wishes to bow, should one change how he bows? I have seen (h/t Harel13) it written that, when one says Birchat Hachama, one should bow to the ...
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Can / should one praying alone recite Hallel after Arvit on the first night of Pesach?

Many have the custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue on the first night(s) of Pesach, at the end of Arvit. (Discussed, for example, in this question and its answer.) Is this custom only to be ...
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Shabbat in Quarantine

Israel is currently (March 20th, 2020) under lockdown, shuls are closed, and most people will not pray in a minyan or hear the Torah read. I've seen recent psakim about shutting down shuls, but are ...
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No Minyan: Tired Netz vs. More Awake Later

Scenario: Minyanim are not available. Is it preferable to pray at Netz with lower kavana (tired) or later in the morning (before zman krias shema) with more kavana (better rested)? Although CYLOR, ...
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Thanking Gd for feeding all when there is hunger? [duplicate]

In Ashrei (and elsewhere) we thank Gd for providing food for all. What meaning do these words have for those of us who have enough food and for those of us who do not have enough food?
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What is the Torah perspective on our response to coronavirus? [duplicate]

What spiritual response does daas Torah (Rabbonim, Gedolim, etc.) suggest we should utilize in facing coronavirus? For instance, Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Sisa 5780) mentioned saying פיטום הקטורת and ...
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Why can one not daven to change the gender of a fetus?

According to Bava Metzia 42a, one may daven for things in the past if it's something that nobody knows yet. Yet, when Berachos 60a asks how one may daven to change the gender of her fetus on the ...
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Does anyone know of a place on the web I can find Kabbalat Shabbat sung from the people in a synagogue (preferably Ashkenazi)? [closed]

Here is a perfect example of authentic singing, this is what I'm looking for but for Kabbalat Shabbat. The problem for me is when people solo Tehillim they make their own version and that is not what ...
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Praying based on national merit - Early examples

It seems to be a common theme in the prayer service that we ask for our needs basing our requests on the mercy of G-d, and, occasionally, on the merit of our forefathers. Nonetheless, we find some ...

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