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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

You are thinking of the famous saying of chazal (our Rabbis of blessed memory) found in Makkos 23b and famous for being mentioned at the end of Pirkei Avos: רִבִּי חֲנַנְיָא בֶּן עֲקַשְׁיָה אוֹמֵר ...
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Why no Chazaras HaShatz at Maariv

The Rambam (Tefilah 9:9) and Rashba (Responsum 1:183) write that Maariv's status as reshut is the reason there is no enactment for the leader to repeat the Amida aloud for those who don't know how to ...
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Why is Hashkiveinu not considered a hefsek between Ga'al Yisra'el and the Amidah (Chabad)?

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 ...
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Saying sim shalom in maariv shmoneh esrei

Shulchan Aruch 127:2 The Rema says that we say Sim Shalom any time we have a tefilah that is fitting for the blessing of the Kohanim to be included. This is based on the end of the discussion of the ...
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Why did people not go to Shul at Yom Tov by night?

The same people that went to shul at night on Shabbos went at night on Yom Tov. There are various reasons why there was no takana to say birchas me'ein sheva on Yom Tov. According to the Tur/Shulchan ...
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Ma'ariv vs. Arvit - when did these terms first appear?

תפלת ערבית is mentioned in the Tosefta Berakhot (3:6), and several places in the Talmud, e.g. Berakhot 4b, 6b, 26b, etc. תפלת מעריב does not appear in Hazal (at least none of the works included in the ...
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What if you forget Ya'aleh V'yavo on the second night of Rosh Chodesh?

The same rule applies both nights (ShA OC 422:1). (Indeed while this seems to be explicit in the Gemara (Brachot 30b), the Beit Yosef (ibid.) notes with amazement that the Orchot Chayim quotes two ...
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Can a mistaken extra Mincha count for Ma'ariv?

Mishchas Shemen volume 2:123 asks this exact question. He concludes that he has to Daven Maariv again.
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Latest time to say Maariv

One can pray until dawn (alot hashahar), ideally (lechathila) one should do so before midnight (halachic midnight i.e., hatzot) (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 70:2). Chabad.org explains The time for ...
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Is there a source for davening minchah and maariv of kabalas shabbos after plag and before shkiya?

This is a very old practice with many suggested answers. Here are some: Lechem Mishne (Tefilla 3:2) understands Rambam as holding that since Arvit is a somewhat lower level obligation prayer there's ...
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Timing of Maariv / Havdalah at the end of Shabbos

If you really need to, you can say Maariv and Havdalah (omitting the blessing on the candle) from Plag HaMincha (1.25 hours before sunset) (ShA OC 293:3) just as much as you can say Maariv and Kiddush ...
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Why is the beracha Me'ein Sheva omitted on the first night of Pesach?

The Shulchan Arukh (OC 487:1) rules this way, and the Magen Avraham there notes the reason is that the first night of Pesach is a Leil Shimmurim (cf. Exodus 12:42) ("a guarded night") and Mei'ein ...
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When did Ma'ariv stop becoming 'optional'?

The idea that according to the technical law it is a reshut but that it has now been accepted as a chovah goes back at least to R. Isaac Alfasi: Rif Berachot 27b: והאידנא נהוג עלמא לשוייה חובה A ...
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Does it count as "praying with a minyan" you are saying a different service?

The Minchas Yitzchak (2:132) brings the Magen Avraham in Orach Chayim 90:17 and 235:2 with an understanding that not only isn't it considered תפילה בציבור but it is not even considered בשעה שהציבור ...
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Effect of Maariv being originally optional

The Rosh in Berachos ch. 4 siman 2 writes .וי"ל דנהי שהיא רשות אין לבטלה אם לא מפני צורך שעה כגון מפני מצוה עוברת ושרי המייניה דלא מטרחינן ליה בפ"ק דשבת דף ט: וכן עלה על מטתו בירושלמי דאין מטריחין ...
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Alarm clock in place of a shomer

R' Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach indicated that it would be acceptable to rely upon an alarm for eating if the alarm is functional, although it should not be relied upon to wake oneself from sleep (Halichos ...
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Why say V'Hu Rachum at Ma'ariv only when saying Barchu?

Vehu Rachum is recited as some sort of Kaparas Haavonos/forgiveness). See Tur and B"Y OC 237 which bring earlier sources and reasons for this, based on the above (forgiveness). I did not see anyone ...
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

From https://outorah.org/p/4589/ The Rabbis’ Kaddish (“Kaddish D’Rabbanan”) is recited after a public lecture in the Oral Torah. There is an opinion that the primary practice is to recite this ...
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Marovis on Yom Tov

I do not know about Teaneck, but the following is a list of shuls that I know about that say ma'arovith in the New York area. All these minyonim say the Ashkenaz (German) version printed in the ...
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Why no Chazaras HaShatz at Maariv

From: Is it Time for Maariv? By Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff Rabbi Kaganoff points out that Rav Yosi ben Chanina in the Gemor makes the statement that each of the Avos instituted one daily prayer with ...
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Bringing in Yom Tov Sheni early

This question is discussed by R. Henkin in Bnei Banim vol 3 #2. In his teshuva he provides more sources. The biggest potential pitfall is cooking/preparing food that will only be used on the next ...
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Why no אמן after "קונה שמים וארץ"?

It is a long beracha, called the Birchat Me'ein Sheva. It starts with Baruch and ends with Baruch. The Mechaber Orach Chaim 268:8 writes that one praying alone should not say the blessing. The Ramah ...
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If we repeat amida to help those who cannot otherwise pray, what of maariv?

Maariv is originally a tefillat reshut (optional prayer), so if one couldn't, one didn't. Mincha and Shacharit were already obligatory which is why the chazzan's repetition was enacted for those who ...
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Saying Va'yechulu with a woman

Pesach Hadvir 268:7 - line 10 says that since Vayechulu is a Eidus that is well known, even ladies can be witnesses for this. On line 15 he says that a man and lady can say it together. Kaf Hachaim ...
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Explain beginning of "Magen Avot"

The “saying” is part of Braishis 15(1) אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר ה' אֶל אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד. After ...
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Starting Maariv with Shir Hamaalos

I found this article at www.daat.ac.il . He gives several reasons: Based on a gemoro in Brochos 4b [paraphrased]: a person comes in to the synagogue from his work in the field and he learns what he ...
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Is there any opinion that permits davening Maariv before plag

As noted in a number of comments to the question, T'rumat HaDeshen in Responsum #1 struggles with the common (in his day) practice to pray arvit three or four hours before tzeit hakochavim (long ...
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Which minyanim light Chanuka candles?

From Halachipedia: The congregation should light Chanukah Candles between Mincha and Mariv even if it means lighting at sunset (Shekiyah) because the congregation would leave right after Mariv and ...
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Why mention the tzitzit in the evening service?

It is not for Tsitsit but , but it is a part of the Shema, the set of the 3 paragraphs. I See Berachot 21a Rab Judah said: If a man is in doubt whether he has recited the Shema', he need not ...
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Wearing Tefilin at the earliest Maariv possible

This responsum from the Rabbis of Eretz Hemdah permit an individual who was already wearing tefillin to keep them on while praying arvit while it is still daytime.
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