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Why do we only cover the head during Tachnun if there is a Aron Hakodesh

The Ramma in siman 131 siff 2 brings from the Beis Yosef who quotes a Rokeach -- The Rokeach also writes in siman 324 not to 'fall' unless in front of a seffer torah. And a siman for this is ...
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Putting the head down in Tachanun without tefillin

The Rema in Shulchan Aruch (131:1) writes that at Shacharit (or Mincha;see Mishne Berurah 7) when one wears tefillin, to lean on the right in deference to the tefillin and when not wearing tefillin (e....
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Why the difference between Tishrei and Nissan for tachanun?

Nissan starts without Tachnun because it is the time when the Mishkan was inaugurated - that is the first 12 days. Then the 13th is the Isru Chag of those 12 days (The Tzemach Tzedek quoting the ...
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Tachanun on 'erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut'

[Collected from the writings of Ha-Rav Aviner] Tachanun on Erev Yom Ha-Atzmaut It is proper to recite Tachanun at Minchah of Erev Yom Ha-Atzamaut, as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has decreed this ...
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Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah?

Rivivos Efraim 8 page 400 says that one should say Tachanun at a Bar Mitzva and also has a letter from Rabbi Nosson Gestetner which says that Tachanun should be said at a Bar Mitzva as it is not ...
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Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah?

R' Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 1:27 says that a Bar Mitzvah boy entering mitzva-hood is like a chosson entering the chuppah and therefore one does not say tachanun on a bar-mitzvah.
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Saying tachanun when the tzibbur doesn't

I asked this question to Reb Dovid Feinstein with respect to a Chassidish shul that skips Tachanun on various days when I don't, and he said I could ignore that custom and say Tachanun there.
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What side does someone with Situs inversus bang

In SA OC 607 the Magen Avraham brings two reasons for this custom: 1) The Ari Z"L says that one should pound on their chest 2) A Medrish Kohelet that says "We bang on our hearts to show that that it ...
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Is a cloth covering required for Tachanun?

The Aruch Hashulchan (131:7) and Mishnah Berurah (131:3) both say that one should cover his face with a cloth and not merely one's hand, because a person's own flesh can't be considering a covering ...
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Where is "no Tachanun" on Pessach Sheni documented?

Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 131:36) states: אלו הימים שאין אומרים בהם וידוי ונפילת אפים לא בשחרית ולא במנחה: חודש ניסן, פסח שני, ל''ג בעומר, מראש חודש סיון עד י''ב בו ועד בכלל,...
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What rabbi recommended that American Jews skip Tachanun on Thanksgiving?

The Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue (Cong. Shearith Israel) omits "tahanunim" and recites special psalms. The current rabbi is Meir Soloveichik. Source.
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Clarify the rules for "E-l Erech" and "Lamenatze'ach' (Psalm 20) on non-Tachanun days

ואפילו בימים שאין אומרים תחנון אומרים למנצח מלבד בראש חודש וחנוכה ופורים וע"פ וערב יום כפור וט"ו באב [מנהגים וע"ל סי' תקנ"ט]: Even on days where tachanun is not said we say ...
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Why does Nusach Sefard omit Tachanun during Mincha?

See here where they suggest: 1 they often daven until after shkiya, and according to many opinions tachanun may not be said after shkiya, so a blanket rule was instituted so as never to come to ...
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Why say tachanun in mincha on 13 Iyar if you won't on 14 Iyar?

From R' Dov Lior's answer at Yeshiva.org.il: הסיבה לכך היא, שכל עניין "פסח שני" מתחיל מהבוקר ואין שום עניין בלילה. את קרבן פסח שני עשו בבוקר, ובלילה לא עושים שום דבר (בניגוד לשאר חגים). ...
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Canceling Tachanun for the balance of a month

It seems from this story that if an individual doesn't say Tachanun for most of the month for a private reason (with exception of Nissan where everyone doesn't say Tachanun for most of the month and ...
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Skip Tachanun on the Sunday of Purim Meshulash?

R. YM Tucazinsky writes in Ir Hakodesh Vehamikdash vol. III ch. 26 p. 355 that those in Jerusalem recite neither tachanun nor lamnatzeiach on Sunday 16 Adar. R. S. Deblitzky in Purim Meshulash, ch. 7 ...
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No tachanun after shkiah?

(Sources here.) Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 131:3) writes: ‏אין נפילת אפים בלילה...: There is no "Nefilat Apayim" [what we consider to be "Tachanun"] at night... Mishnah Berurah ...
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Should you lean your head while reciting the section after nefillat apayim in the M/Th Tachanun?

The ArtScroll RCA siddur (Kol Yaakov) is more clear about it (page 132), specifically saying to keep your head down until יבשו רגע (the end of that paragraph). The ArtScroll Chinuch siddur (Chaim ...
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Tachanun on 'erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut'

R Eliezer Melamed in Peninei Halacha (Tefila 21:7) writes we do not say Tachanun on Erev Yom Haatzmaut Today, ever since Hashem began to bring forth our redemption, Tachanun is not recited on Yom ...
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Tachanun on 'erev Yom Ha'Atzmaut'

The Koren Yom Haatzmaut Machzor says to say tachanun at mincha of erev yom haatzmaut if you daven during mincha gedola, but that one skips tachanun during mincha ketana.
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Which parts of Tachnun to skip

See this - You're not the 1st person to have asked this. Excerpt: Is it more important to say Vehu Rachum or to say Tachanun? What happens if there is insufficient time to recite both Vehu ...
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Why not say tachanun until 2 Cheshvan?

From what i understand, it is for the same reason that there's no tachanun during Nisan. (See Tachnun in Nissan) There, once we aren't saying tachanun during most of the month (first because of the ...
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Which Tachanun should I say when davening in a minyan with a different Nusach?

Igros Moshe Orach Chaim 3:89 - last paragraph says that if ones Nusach is not to say Vidui & 13 Midos, and is in a Shul that does say Vidui & 13 Midos, he should definitely say the Vidui & ...
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Why don't we say Avinu Malcanu on Tisha B' Av?

My rav explained that Tachanun (which, is part of your question, per se, not necessarily the direct reason why Avinu Malkeinu) is omitted on occasions of either "extreme" - extreme joy or extreme ...
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When does a מעריב-misser say תחנון?

See Mishna B'rura (108:11), who indicates that the repetition of the amida does not create a problematic interruption since the person is still involved in the first prayer. Thus, it appears that the ...
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"El Male Rachamim" on Tisha b'Av

Shaare Efrayim 10:27 indicates it's not said on 9 Av.
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What is the Halacha regarding Tachanun and Brit in the same shul?

Mishna B'rura (131:24, Shaar Hatziyun :21) says those who pray in the synagogue's lobby without an aron (cabinet for the Torah scrolls) and teva (lectern) are thereby "drawn after" the synagogue and ...
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Sefardi praying schacharit with Ashkenazim

Tachanun According to Halacha Berurah 131:2, a Sepharadi davening with Ashkenazim needs to say vidui, and the 13 midot. Apparently, he should say the 13 midot with ta'amim (as he would if he were ...
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Should you lean your head while reciting the section after nefillat apayim in the M/Th Tachanun?

You may need to get a better sense of the evolvement of what we currently call "Tachanun" and what Nefilat Apai'im refers to, as they are not the same thing. I'm excerpting various ideas from several ...
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Why is this phrase flipped between Avinu Malkeinu and Tachanun?

A possible thought that I think is a answer to your question. In Tachanun we are Davening there for the Geula. This can be seen from the continuation where we say אֲדונֵינוּ אֱלהֵינוּ. שְׁמַע קול ...
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