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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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There is a rule that one should stand still after reciting sh'mone esre and taking three steps backwards, preferably until k'dusha, but at least for a few moments (the amount of time it takes to walk …
asked Jul 15 '11 by WAF
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I have seen many people bow slightly when striking their chests in recitation of the sixth b'racha of sh'moneh esrei. Is this a custom? Is there a source for it? Anyone whom I've witnessed doing thi …
asked May 11 '11 by WAF
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It says in Shulchan Aruch that one may not lean on anything while reciting sh'mona esre. (OC 94:8) The Mishna B'rura defines "leaning" as placing one's weight on another object such that if the object …
asked Jan 11 '10 by WAF
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In the final b'racha of sh'monah esrei the phrase "תורת חיים - (Toras chayim)" appears. In some sidurim [that denote that kind of thing] the accent is placed on the first syllable and in others on the …
asked May 13 '11 by WAF