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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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Is it better to daven the shemona esrei quickly and have less (and possibly no) external thoughts or is it better to daven slowly and more thoughtfully but have (or run the risk of having) more extern …
asked Nov 24 '14 by Gavriel
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The shliach tzibur (shatz) davens 2 shemona esrei's. 1-Which is the one that he davens for himself personally? 2-Are both of the 'real' so to speak? If so, how does this work?
asked Nov 24 '14 by Gavriel
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In Brachos 33b, the mishna says: "One who says [in his tefilla -Rashi], 'Your [God's] mercy reaches the birds nest'... shut him up." Rashi says on that: אנשים שהיו מראים עצמם כמתכונים להעמיק בלשון תח …
asked Nov 28 '15 by Gavriel
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Does anyone know the history of how "Useshuvah Usefillah Utzedakah maavirin es roah hagezeirah" was put into our Tefillah and/or who wrote it? (It's in the chazaras hashatz for musaf on Rosh Hashana a …
asked Sep 4 '12 by Gavriel
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During the chazan's repetition of the amidah, do the people in the minyan need to stand? (for parts other than kedusha and modim de'rabanan).
asked Mar 1 '16 by Gavriel