Questions tagged [tefilla]

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

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Why did G-d get angry with Moses' prayers?

In Parshas Va'etchanan, Moses tells that he begged to enter the Land of Israel until G-d got angry: וַיִּתְעַבֵּר ה' בִּי לְמַעַנְכֶם וְלֹא שָׁמַע אֵלָי וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֵלַי רַב־לָךְ אַל־תּוֹסֶף ...
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Raising heels in kedusha according to Chacham Ovadia

Halacha Yomit says that Chacham Ovadia rules that one must raise his heels 3 times each in every kadosh. Where can the source for this halacha be found in Chacham Ovadia's books?
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Inner meaning of Ein k'Eloheinu

In our daily prayers we find, "Ein k'Eloheinu" - "There's no one like our G-d"Ben Ish chai mentions that there are big kabbalistic intentions in it. What is the inner meaning of ...
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Explain "En K-elo-heinu" for Nusach Ashkenaz in Israel

I hope that my memory regarding Nusach Ashkenaz as practiced in Israel is correct, here. For Nusach Ashkenaz, one of the main differences between Israel and the diaspora that I recall is including En ...
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Kinnah about mazalos out of order

One of the Kinnos that is said the night of Tisha B'Av discusses the different mazalos/constellations. In the Artscroll version it's listed as Kinnah #5. Artscroll has a nice chart at the bottom ...
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Text of Birkat Hachodesh

In the standard Ashkenazi version of the siddur, we have in the birkat hachodesh: שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ אֶת הַחדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לְטובָה וְלִבְרָכָה. וְתִתֶּן לָנוּ...חַיִּים שֶׁאֵין בָּהֶם בּוּשָׁה ...
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What is meant by “they silence him” when the prayer leader says “We give thanks, we give thanks”

The Mishna in Brochos 5 (3) says האומר על קן צפור יגיעו רחמיך, ועל טוב יזכר שמך, מודים מודים, משתקין אותו. The one who says, “On a bird’s nest may Your mercy be extended,” [or] “For good ...
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What is the difference between "baruch" and "mevorach" regarding G-d?

There is a phrase said just prior to the Shacharit Amidah that says: תהילות לאל עליון ברוך הוא ומבורך What is the difference in meaning between ברוך and ומבורך. Don't both mean "blessed"? I realize ...
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When was Kedushah introduced as part of the Amidah repetition?

My understanding is that the Amidah was recited only by the Shat'z during a period before the printing of Siddurim and, perhaps, when Hebrew proficiency was weak. I'm assuming that because the ...
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How Shelo Asani Goy - We Are! [duplicate]

How do we say Shelo Asani Goy when we are referred to as a nation - albeit a holy one - in Shemos 19:6 וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר ...
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Does anyone know what siddur the Minchas Elazar, z"l, used?

I was wondering if anyone knows what specific siddur the Minchas Elazar, z"l, davened from? Also, where to find it today.
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What about Yetziat Mitzrayim should I remember?

One of the שש זכירות requires that I remember the Exodus from Egypt (זכירת יציאת מצרים). According to the linked Wiki document, in an effort to fulfill (לְמַעַן תִּזְכֹּר אֶת יוֹם צֵאתְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ ...
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Why is there a difference in placement of the prayer "Avinu Malkeinu"?

Nusach Ashkenaz places the prayer Avinu Malkeinu immediately after the repetition of the Amidah while Nusach Sefard places it in the middle of Tachanun (between the first paragraph Vayomer David and ...
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Metaphorical understanding of the term "אבינו מלכנו"

To continue my quest for understanding Rambam's view on the metaphorical interpretations of Torah passages (Yesodey Hatora 1-2): ...הרי מפורש בתורה ובנביאים שאין הקב"ה גוף וגוייה ...אם כן מהו זה ...
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Source of Baruch SheAmar melody

In my old shul, we used to sing a version of baruch she'amar that, to my understanding, was a fairly standard, traditional version. however, I've tried to find it recently and can't. I've transcribed ...
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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

Inspired by an answer here: Does the recitation of Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan? I was always under the impression that we do it together by convention rather than necessity, but one could ...
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Is there any reason for the order of the attributes "grace, kindness and mercy" in tefillah?

There seems to be a consistency in tefillah (prayer) that the attributes חן וחסד ורחמים - (my translation) "grace, kindness and mercy" - appear specifically in this order. Five samples that I can ...
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Is a blind person required to cover their eyes during Shema?

During the Shema we cover our eyes. The act implies that one is shielding their sight during the prayer. If an individual happens to be blind, are they still required to do this as a symbolic action ...
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Appropriate to slightly modify wording as one recites siddur prayers?

For instance, if the wording states "protect me," could one add "me and my family?" Or if the wording refers to "we" (plural) could it be modified to "I" (singular) or vice-versa?
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Is a man permitted to petition for permitted sexual relations during the Amidah?

Would a man be permitted to ask Hashem to bring about permitted sexual acts with his current or future wife as part of the requests he makes during the Amidah, given that we are generally highly ...
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If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable to pray alone with Hanetz or later with the Minyan? [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch: Orach Chaim: Siman 89 says that the ideal time to pray Sh'moneh Esrei is at Hanetz hachamah. If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable ...
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How should one inflicted with DID (Dissociative identity disorder) pray? [duplicate]

I know someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder - a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states) and want to try to get her to pray. But,...
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An "Aveil" at Shabbat Mincha

An aveil (mourner) does not practice public aveilut (mourning) on Shabbat (Ketubot 4a), though he is still in aveilut and there is some impact on what he can and can't do. Would the presence of an ...
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What defines a "mourner's home" (bet aveil)?

I'm asking this as a follow-up to this question. Certain prayers such as tachanun are omitted when praying in a mourner's home. OU says that this is true even if the mourners are not present. ...
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Is tachanun omitted if the mourner in Shiva isn't part of the minyan?

I was at a shiva minyan this morning but the mourner was not there (he was running late from the airport and some people could not wait). He showed up in the middle and went in to another room, then ...
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Is there a tefilah/segulah requesting that bowel and intestine should work?

My brother-in-law is critically ill in ICU and some of his organs have stopped working. My sister whatsapped me this morning: "Intestines not working. Abdomen so Swollen. Cannot take in any feeds. ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

If one made havdalah over wine before praying maariv, and then in maariv he forgot to say chonantanu and has already completed shemoneh esrei, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei?
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When beseeching God, why does the kohein gadol appeal to "the torah of Moshe" and not directly to "your torah"?

Yoma 6:2 reports what the kohein gadol says over the goat to be offered: “Please, ‘Hashem’! They have done wrong, they have transgressed, they have sinned before You, Your people the House of ...
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Why ken yehi ratzon and not Amen? [duplicate]

Why is that in the Ashkenaz circles (non Sephardi) by the daily birchat kohanim, the congregation responds “Ken yehi ratzon” rather than the usual response of Amen, after a blessing is recited? Why ...
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Chabad, Prayer, and Corporeality of Hashem

Statement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, regarding 'betten' (beseeching) the Rebbe [quoted here]: “It is not possible to ask a question about a [Rebbe being a] go-between, since this is G-d Himself, ...
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Why not fulfill the birchat hashachar with the leader?

In many Shuls, the Shaliach Tzibbur starts the morning service by saying the list of brachot of Birchot hashachar. After that the individuals repeat these brachot to themselves. Why do the ...
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Why bow differently for Borachu and Amida?

When bowing for three brachot in the Amida I've seen some people bend their knees. For Borachu I've seen those people do not bend the knees. What is the logic or source underlying this difference in ...
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Why do the “Shtei HaLechem” not play a prominent part in the davenning for Shavuos?

The “Shtei HaLechem” are brought on Shavuos accompanied by 1 bull, 2 ram, 9 sheep and a goat. In the prayers for Shavuos (excluding piyyutim) the only mention of any of that is in the verse ...
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What is the source for some Ashkenazim not reciting Lamnatzeiach on Isru Chag?

Mishnah Berurah 131:35 lists the following days on which Ashkenazim do not recite Lamnatzeiach (Tehillim 20) during weekday Shacharit between Ashrei and Uva LeTzion: Rosh Chodesh Chanukah Purim Erev ...
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Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? [closed]

Can men daven at home to avoid the bad smell of people at shul? It can be very irritating to someone. can somebody daven at home so that they can have proper kavannah during davening by avoiding those ...
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Is it permissible to give someone money for davening?

Suppose if I had a brother that doesn't daven, and no matter how much you advice he won't daven, but he cares about money so if you give him money he will start davening, and if I kept giving him ...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

During Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos, we describe the Yom Tov as "this day of the holiday of Shavuos, the time of giving our Torah" (יום חג השבועות הזה זמן מתן תורתינו). Before we had a fixed ...
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Is it better to answer kaddish or use that time to catch up?

You've fallen behind because you can't keep up with congregation's prayer speed and the chazzan begins to say kaddish. Which option is preferable? A. Pause your own prayer, answer kaddish completely, ...
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Why don’t we say “vetein tal lev’racha”?

According to those who say “morid hatal” in the second b’racha of Shemoneh Esrei between Pesach and Sukkos, why don’t they also say vetein tal lev’racha in the ninth b’racha (instead of vetein b’racha)...
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Why use a gendered MiShebeirach for sick people?

During leining, many synagogues have someone recite a prayer on behalf of sick people. The version I grew up with was for cholim (males) with the language including a reference to רמ"ח איבריו ושס"ה ...
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Why extra words in birchat ha hodesh in Israel?

Some siddurim (e.g., in the Koren but not in the Artscroll) have extra words in the last paragraph, to be said in Israel, asking for additional blessings, including rain. Why do we who are outside ...
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Why do we say Barchu during davening when we don’t do so during Zimun?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 192:1): ואם הם ארבעה יכול לומר ברכו שאכלנו משלו אבל יותר טוב לומר נברך שלא להוציא עצמו מן הכלל If they [who are eating together] are four, [the leader] may say, “...
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Detergent smell during davening

When one realizes during davening that there is a smell of detergent on ones hands (chlorine), even though the hands were washed with water prior to davening, is the prayer void and does the person ...
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Praying for too much

The following Talmud passage (Taanit 8b) indicates we must not pray for too many things: In the days of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani there was a famine and a deadly plague. People asked: “What shall ...
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Why do we recite Oseh Shalom at end of Amiday [duplicate]

Elokai Ntsor is a private meditation yet it ends with Oseh Shalom-V'imru Amen. Imru Amen is plural and the meditation is private implying some kind of mixed message. Could it be that since everyone is ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...
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What was the first "Siddur" prayer / section?

Outside of Shema and the Amidah, can someone explain the chronology of what sections of the Siddur service as we currently have them were added? E.g. was Psukei Dezimra added first? Blessings before / ...
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Are there any dress codes for righteous gentiles during prayers?

In Judaism, while not obligated to, the Jews wear Tallit and Teffilin during some prayers. What about the Gentiles - are there special clothes or items for righteous Gentiles to wear during prayers?
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Why don't we say "hamelech hagadol"?

During the 10 days of T'shuva, we change certain wording from "el" to "melech" in the Shmoneh Esrei (and Magen Avot). But in the beginning of the Amida, we say "ha-el hagadol hagibor v'hanora". Why ...
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What is the order of tefillot for Yom Ha’atzma’ut?

For those communities that mark Yom Ha’atzma’ut (in any way) what changes (if any) are made to the order of all three tefillot of the day? I am aware of various changes made in various communities (e....

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