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Literally "eighteen". Also called the "Amidah". The prayer consisting of 19 blessings, recited three times daily, and four times on Shabbat and Yom-Tov. It forms the backbone of all of the daily prayers.

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This is addressed in Berachot 4b: דאי לא תימא הכי שחרית היכי מצי סמיך והא אמר רבי יוחנן בתחלה אומר ה׳ שפתי תפתח ולבסוף הוא אומר יהיו לרצון אמרי פי אלא התם כיון דתקינו רבנן למימר ה׳ שפתי תפתח כ …
answered Jul 13 '18 by Alex
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Rambam has a series of responsa dealing with this in 1:63-67 in the Machon Yerushalayim edition. In # 64 he writes as follows: מאחר שתקנו חכמים ז"ל שירד שליח צבור לפני התיבה להוציא מי שאינו בקי ול …
answered Jul 30 by Alex
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This exact question was raised by R. Shlomo Hakohen of Vilna in his notes to the beginning of Masechet Ta'anit, and he offered two answers: Matar generally refers to rain that is a blessing, while g …
answered Nov 6 '18 by Alex
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Indeed there are sources that praying with a minyan is not strictly obligatory. Perhaps the most explicit is R. Aryeh Pomeranchik in Emek Beracha, Birchot Keriat Shema: אמנם אשר נ"ל בזה דבאמת תפלה …
answered Jun 12 by Alex
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As I wrote here, the Talmud states that Hashkiveinu is not an interruption between geulah and tefillah because since it was ordained by the Sages as part of the blessings for Keriat Shema it is as if …
answered Oct 8 '18 by Alex