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Questions about the various prayer books used by Jews, and the prayers contained therein.

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The word "halleluya" appears many times in the siddur. Typically the word is not translated in a Hebrew-English siddur. But the Hebrew word can be translated. Why is the word "halleluya" typically …
asked Jan 25 by Yehuda W
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How does the davening in the siddurim of Rav Amram Gaon (who gave us the earliest written siddur, Is there a free copy of this early (earliest?) siddur online?) compare with siddurim of today? Altern …
asked Sep 13 '15 by Yehuda W
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The earliest sefardic siddur dates back to the 800's, see Is there a free copy of this early (earliest?) siddur online?. What is the oldest ashkenaz siddur, and it is available on the web or for purc …
asked Oct 13 '15 by Yehuda W
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Usually we do not say amen to our own bracha. So why do we sing amen before taking out the Torah on Shabbat? (Bei ana rachetz... Amen) The amen is even printed in the siddur (Art Scroll).
asked Nov 15 '15 by Yehuda W
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A footnote in the Rosenfeld selichot book said Rav Amram Gaon was approached by Spanish Jews in the 800's with a request to allow the writing down the daily prayers, something that was prohibited by t …
asked Sep 11 '15 by Yehuda W
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The Artscroll interlinear siddur occassionally offers an unexpected translation. Are there other, similar (word-by-word, not phrase by phrase) translations of the siddur (into English)?
asked May 5 '15 by Yehuda W
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Some (most?) widely used siddurim today give the reader some pronunciation information that is not obvious in standard Hebrew lettering: when a sheva is pronounced (e.g., by making the sheva na bold, …
asked May 22 '17 by Yehuda W