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

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לְךְ - what is this grammatical form?

Occasionally in a sefardi siddur, I see לְךְ. The first shva is a shva na, and the last is a shva nach. I always thought it was a typo but I keep seeing it now so I thought I'd ask a grammatical ...
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Which Sephardic siddurim lack the bracha "HaNoten LaYaef Koach?"

Some Sephardic siddurim don't have the bracha "HaNoten LaYaef Koach (הנותן ליעף כח)" in them. Can anyone give me a list of siddurim that don't? The more comprehensive, the better.
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Shabbat vs. Other days, Singular vs. Plural

Why, in middle blessing of the amida for Shabbat is the blessing's conclusion in the singular (mekadesh hashabbat) while for holidays and Rosh Chodesh, the wording is in the plural (z'manim and roshei ...
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Holy names and mystic things added to Jewish prayer from Shabatay Tzvi sect

I read that the name "di-carnosa" (Fleshy God) and other names and prayer texts derive from Shabbatay Tzvi Sect influence in Sephardic Liturgy. I couldn't find a compiled and organised ...
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Is it OK to stutter while saying brachot? [duplicate]

Is it halachically acceptable to repeat words due to stuttering while saying a Bracha, as long as all the words are said?
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What connection does וְהָיוּ לִמְשסָּה שאסָיִךְ וְרָחֲקוּ כָּל מְבַלְּעָיִךְ have with יָשיש עָלַיִךְ אֱלהָיִךְ כִּמְשוש חָתָן עַל כַּלָּה?

On Friday night we say: וְהָיוּ לִמְשסָּה שאסָיִךְ. וְרָחֲקוּ כָּל מְבַלְּעָיִךְ - And your oppressors will be destroyed. And those who would devour you will be far away. יָשיש עָלַיִךְ אֱלהָיִךְ. ...
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Where is Tosafot about Tarti Dsasri

The Tiferet Shmuel to the Rosh (Berachot 4:3) quotes a Tosafot to allow inconsistant practice (tarti tsatri) as to Mincha after Plag versus Maariv after Plag in a case of torech hatzibbur (...
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Does it still count as a Bracha if one stuttered and repeated words?

What if someone has a stutter and they tend to repeat words when doing a Bracha. As long as they said all of the words, does it still count as a Bracha?
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Does one still fulfill the Mitzvah of Tzitzit even if one didn’t make a Bracha on it? [duplicate]

Is it true that a person still fulfills the Mitzvah of Tzitzit even if they don’t say the Bracha for it? And that would apply to other Mitzvot, such as Tefillin, correct?
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Skipping requests on Shabbat and Yom Tov in davening

Related Why are some bakashot made on Shabbat? Before we get to Pesukei Dezimra, there are a variety of korbanot and related sections that we say as part of morning davening. In my Artscroll siddur, ...
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How can we ask in the מוסף of יום טוב שני של גליות the words ״את מוסף יום פלוני הזה״?

We know that biblically, yom tov is always one day at a time, but outside of Israel it’s two days Rabbinically. Now my question is: how can we ask on the last day of yom tov: ״את מוסף יום פלוני הזה ...
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Trying to remember a piyyut about the morning

I seem to recall that there is a piyyut that lists major events that took place early in the morning, similar to the way that "Vayehi Bachatzi Halaila" (at the beginning of Nirtzah) does for ...
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Can one water plants before Shacharit?

Would one be permitted to water plants or feed pets (as another example), before saying shacharit, or would it be better to say shacharit first?
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Shabbos shacharis - Shabbos and the nations

וְלֹא נְתַתּוֹ ה' אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ לְגוֹיֵי הָאֲרָצוֹת וְלֹא הִנְחַלְתּוֹ מַלְכֵּֽנוּ לְעוֹבְדֵי פְסִילִים וְגַם בִּמְנוּחָתוֹ לֹא יִשְׁכְּנוּ עֲרֵלִים כִּי לְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמְּךָ נְתַתּוֹ בְּאַהֲבָה, לְזֶֽרַע יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר בָּם ...
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If someone deliberately changes the words of a blessing, do they get credit?

I am aware that in the Talmud somewhere (but not where), there is a discussion of saying a blessing with the words changed. The conclusion is that as long as the "core" of the blessing or ...
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This is really embarrassing, but oftentimes I skip davening when I am really stressed out or tired. How can I fix this? [closed]

I’m really depressed right now. I just want to be a good Jew and everything, but things seem to block me. I’m often really stressed out and tired, and that leads to me davening with a ton of ...
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Why do we repeat our intent in Musaf?

In the musaf for Shabbat we make the following plea about the future (loose translation mine): שֶׁתַּעֲלֵנוּ בְשמְחָה לְאַרְצֵנוּ. וְתִטָּעֵנוּ בִּגְבוּלֵנוּ וְשָׁם נַעֲשה לְפָנֶיךָ אֶת קָרְבְּנות ...
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Is it better to daven with no kavanah or just not daven at all? [duplicate]

I thought I read that some say that davening without kavanah may be even worse than simply not davening. Is this true?
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Why does the recitation of Tehillim 145 three times a day secure one a place in Olam Haba?

It is stated in the Talmud (Brachos 4b) that one who recites "T'hila L'David" three times a day secures their place in Olam Haba. Why is this? What is so special about this psalm that it ...
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Arukh HaShulḥan on the number of times we say ashrei

The Arukh HaShulḥan gives several reasons for us repeating ashrei (Ps 145 plus attendant verses) multiple times during our daily prayers. In his first reason, he connects it with the kedusha of the ...
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Not enough prayer

Once, I heard the following sentence: "If something did not happened yet, it is because you didn't pray or because you didn't pray enough." Is this correct? Who said this sentence?
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Talking to other people inside a bracha

A bracha always starts and/or ends with ברוך אתה ה'. However, in a few selected brachos, we also talk to other people in the second person in the middle of the bracha. Examples: The bracha in a ...
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Where is the source that one is supposed take out their peyos when they are davening Shemona Esrei?

There have been many times where I have seen people pull out their Peyos from behind their ears right before Shemona Esrei. Anyone I have asked said there is a source, but I can not locate it. (...
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בָּרוּךְ אֱלֹקֵינוּ שֶׁבְּרָאָֽנוּ לִכְבוֹדוֹ - What is the background of this prayer?

What is the background of this prayer? I'd like to know who composed it, when, if there was any reason that it was composed, and what the intentions of the composer were that we should absorb when ...
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In prayer and glorifying Hashem: Is thanks an expression of praise? Is praise an expression of thanks?

I am pursuing a line of thought. According to this, they seem to be linked (yet still separate): א֘וֹדֶ֤ה ה' מְאֹ֣ד בְּפִ֑י וּבְת֖וֹךְ רַבִּ֣ים אֲהַלְלֶֽנּוּ׃ My mouth shall sing much thanks to ...
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Meditating on G-d

Since Hashem has no form and attributing any form to Him is prohibited, are there any traditions that instruct us how to meditate on Him without visualizing anything physical? What should we ...
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"I am prayer" in Psalm 109:4?

"In return for my love they are my adversaries; But I am all prayer." Psalm 109:4 JPS 1917 Someone quoted to me the part of this verse which says "I am all prayer". The idea "...
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Praying near a dead body

Is there any prohibition against praying under the same roof as a dead body? If I work in a funeral home, and the time for prayer arrives, may I pray in a separate room or should I leave the building ...
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Prayer while bathing

Is there anything that would prevent praying while showering/bathing? If so, what is the Torah principle behind the reasoning? For example, is it a question of modesty?
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How our thoughts influence others -- seeking source from Lekutei Maharan

I once came across a quote from Likutei Maharan (or maybe the back section, Likutei Tanina) that spelled out very clearly that, when we have positive thoughts towards other people, no matter how far ...
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What am I supposed to be thinking about during Davening?

How am I supposed to be connecting to G-d. I need some sort of mental framework or concept with which to begin approaching Tefila. This could be: I want to come away getting what I want from G-d or it ...
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If it is time for set prayer, and one can only either pray or exercise, what comes first?

If one only has the strength or will-power or interest to do one thing, which should it be: Pray (e.g., Shacharis, Mincha or Maariv) or exercise? For instance, say one comes home from work late one ...
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Personal Prayer - Silent or Audible

Several years ago, a sofer gave a class and said that personal prayers (prayers composed by myself) outside the synagogue must be said aloud. You can say them quietly, but the words must be audible. ...
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לא vs לו and other homophones - what can we do to avoid unwanted meaning in our prayers

There is a lot about pronouncing things correctly so we don't say the wrong thing, especially in tefilla. Eg in shema: we are to pronounce the ayin in "שמע" so it doesn't sound like "...
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Why do we repeat yhei shmei rabah?

Why does the tzibur repeat y'hei shomei rabah after the Chazan? From a friend. Not why we say it but why does the tzibur repeat it.
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When and by whom were the Piyutim of Channukah written?

There are communities that recite special prayers on Shabbos Channukah they begin with אודך כי אנפת ותשוב. Do we know who wrote these and when?
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How to keep up with faster parts of davening

I became more religiously observant nearly 30 years ago, in mid-college. Ever since, I've been living in a Chareidi environment, where the davening is on the slower side (to give you an idea: Weekday ...
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Is it possible to pray that a previous prayer not be answered?

Sometimes we pray for things that we later change our mind about. Is it possible to later regret that prayer and pray that Hashem not answer the previous prayer? Hypothetical for the most extreme case ...
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Is one permitted to face another direction besides towards eretz yisroel when praying?

Assuming one isn't davening in a minyan so as not to disrespect the minyan but if someone is already praying on their own is it permissible to face another direction? "Rebbe Yitzhak said: one who ...
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Reading notes at the Kotel/Western Wall

Someone told me that (1) they took a note out of the Kotel wall, read it, and then (2) prayed for the person who placed the note and their prayer. Is (1) okay, and is it okay (or beautiful) if they do ...
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Why pray for David before praying for prayer?

The Talmud explains the arrangement of the Amidah benedictions in Megillah 17-18. The rationale for placing the prayer for prayer after the prayer for David is given there as follows: וכיון שבא דוד ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

Is there any point at all in davening in such a situation?
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Why this specific pasuk when returning the Torah to the Ahron?

Why was " Yehallulu es shaym hashem ..." specifically chosen to be said when we put the Torah back in the Ahron? And why does the shliach tzibur not complete the whole pasuk as is generally ...
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Does very fast public prayer demonstrate lack of respect for G-d?

Prayer is a human being speaking to Hashem. I would think that this speech should be done in a respectful way. Therefore I ask if the sources (or validated reports) refer to the concept of very fast ...
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Noise in bet kenesset. Sources in Halakha for stopping this [closed]

If someone is praying in a bet kenesset that let's say is somewhat "chaotic" in its energy... What is the Halakha? People come in with their phones on loud and throughout the whole tefilla ...
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prostrating during high-holiday [duplicate]

During high-holidays we fully prostrate during certain prayers. However, on the women's side only a few do it (whereas on the men's side, almost everyone does). Are women supposed to fully prostrate ...
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In the Shabbos morning prayers, the refrain of "shochain od" is said. Why is it said in a different order than the verse (Isaiah 57:15) itself?

"...כִּי֩ כֹ֨ה אָמַ֜ר רָ֣ם וְנִשָּׂ֗א שֹׁכֵ֥ן עַד֙ וְקָד֣וֹשׁ שְׁמ֔וֹ מָר֥וֹם וְקָד֖וֹשׁ אֶשְׁכּ֑וֹן" is how the verse reads. Most siddurim read שׁוכֵן עַד מָרום וְקָדושׁ שְׁמו, yet ...
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Nusach Sefard Tachanun solution

Nusach Sefard begins Tachanun with "Elokenu V'Elokai Avoseinu". At times a person begins saying these words as soon as the Shliach Tzibur completes the repetition of Shemona Esrei, and then ...
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Waiting for someone to finish prayer at Torah reading

Consider a minyan of exactly 10 adult males. When they are about to remove the Torah from the ark, they realise that one of their friends is still is in his silent prayer. Can they proceed with the ...
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What are the halachic issues when the 10th man arrives after the first 9 have already completed the Amida?

For example, this morning I was one of the first nine men at Shacharis. After we completed the silent Amida we waited for a tenth to arrive. We then repeated the Amida and proceeded with Tachanun etc. ...
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