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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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I don't know the source, but I remember hearing a medrash that states that when a tefillah is not answered affirmatively, the tefillah is still "stored up" as a merit for the person or klal Yisrael. …
answered Jan 16 '14 by Y     e     z
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Some thoughts: טוב can be used to mean complete. For example: One of Rashi's explanations of why it says טוב zero times on day 2 of Creation and twice on day 3 is because nothing was completed on …
answered Mar 10 by Y     e     z
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The Sefer HaIkarim 1:15 and the Avnei Eliyahu from the Gra"h on the siddur explain that "da'as" is the "מושכלות הראשונות" - the simple matters, the initial innate knowledge that a person has. This kn …
answered Aug 27 '14 by Y     e     z
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A friend of mine once asked R' Ezra Neuberger for advice on how to daven with more kavanah. His answer was "daven fast." Apparently, he held keeping focused is the more important kavanah. The Rambam …
answered Nov 24 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Maharal in Nesiv HaAvoda ch. 10 writes (copying bits and pieces because it is lengthy): אבל הפירוש כמו שאמרנו כי בכח הברכה הזאת הוא כל התפלה כי ברכה זאת נזכר שהוא יתברך אלהי אברהם אלה …
answered Feb 10 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Gemara in Megillah 17b lays out the reasons for the order of the middle blessings. Some are based on verses, some on number associations, and some on proximity to other blessings. A summary: …
answered May 28 '15 by Y     e     z
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The ר"י בן יקר in his commentary to that line writes: בבני אדם שהם חיים People who are alive seemingly siding decisively with your non-Artscroll option.
answered Dec 14 '17 by Y     e     z
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The Ramchal seems to be on your side (or at least close to it). In Maamar HaChochma, he writes: אולם מדרגות רבות יש בישראל, כלן טובות, מקבילות להארות העליונות, פירוש - יש צדיקים, יש חסידים, יש יש …
answered Jul 9 '15 by Y     e     z
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At the end of Pathway to Prayer, R" Birnbaum has the following sources: Tanya Rabbosi, written in the 13th century, says to pray with a siddur. So does the Vilna Gaon in Even Shleyma ch. 9 note 2, a …
answered Dec 23 '14 by Y     e     z
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One major difference, according to some commentaries (Rashi to Megillah 17b, Ein Yaakov), is that the beracha of גאל ישראל is referring to national redemption, whereas the beracha of גואל ישראל is ref …
answered Apr 14 '15 by Y     e     z
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The Raavan (cited by Avudarham at the end of Shemoneh Esrei) writes that there are two groups of 6 blessings that make up the middle section (with sh'ma koleinu being a general summary not in either g …
answered Feb 18 '16 by Y     e     z
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The Magen Avraham in O.C. 119:1 quotes from the Sefer Hakavanos that it is a good thing to say these two prayers in Shema Koleinu. He additionally sources the Zohar Shemos 109-110. The Mishna Berura …
answered Feb 4 '14 by Y     e     z
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I heard from R' Kelemen that he asked Rav Shlomo Wolbe this question, and his response was that davening for the needs of one's children cannot be limited to the set times of prayer. It is necessary …
answered Jan 20 '14 by Y     e     z
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Rabbi Leff has a book - "Shemoneh Esrei: The depth and beauty of our daily tefillah" which does a lot of explaining phrases and ideas. Also, if you are willing to go with Hebrew, the siddur Ishei Yis …
answered Jan 16 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Siach Yitzchok, found on page 175 of the siddur Ishei Yisroel, writes the following: ההבדל בין דעה לדעת נראה כי הדיעה היא שם הפעולה, וקאי על העת שעוד לא נגמרה רק משתלמת והולכת... ועל כן הקדים …
answered Dec 8 '16 by Y     e     z

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