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No it is incorrect. The direction of prayer is in the direction of the site of the Beit Hamidkash (the Temple) in Jerusalem. The Gemara (Brakhot 30a) writes (commentary R Adin Steinsaltz) One who was standing in prayer in the Diaspora, should focus his heart toward Eretz Yisrael [...] One who was standing in Eretz Yisrael, should focus his heart toward ...


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Shulchan Aruch 83:1 rules that one should not daven or learn Torah near an area designated for bathroom use. If however the bathroom contains walls then it is permitted. It writes there: אסו' לקרות כנגד בית הכסא ישן אפי' פינו ממנו הצואה ויראה לי דהיינו כשאין לו מחיצות אבל אם יש לו מחיצות אף ע"פ שיש בו צואה קורא כנגדו בסמוך ואינו חושש אם אין מגיע לו ריח ...


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According to Rabbi Yehuda Spitz of Ohr Somayach, there is a four way dispute how to go about things in a year like 5781, where Erev Pesach is on Shabbos. Some say the traditional Yotzros as normal (Pri Megadim 430:1, Mishbetzos Zavav 1). Some say it the week before, as the Yotzros discuss bedikas chametz, which happened on the 13th instead of the 14th (...


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As @ezra commented, the song and lyrics were composed for the musical. The concept of blessing the children on Friday night is an ancient custom in some families/communities (the earliest written source I found was 1500s in Sefer HaChaim, but the custom originates before that). Traditionally, the parent will place both hands on the head of each child and ...


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I don't think there exists that denotation of אנא. In all twelve places in Tanach it means pleading and requesting. See here.


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The term תבל refers to the terrestial world, like it says (Tehillim 24:1) לְדָוִ֗ד מִ֫זְמ֥וֹר לַֽ֭יהוָה הָאָ֣רֶץ וּמְלוֹאָ֑הּ תֵּ֝בֵ֗ל וְיֹ֣שְׁבֵי בָֽהּ׃ Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD’s and all that it holds, the world and its inhabitants. The fact that the terrestial world is in existence, floating in outer space and yet functioning is a major ...


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You're right. We aren't thanking Hashem for taking us out. Instead, we're thanking Hashem for a few things: Putting us in Egypt in the first place, purifying us to be on the level to receive the Torah. Revealing himself to us through the miracles he did to us while taking us out. Making us his nation, and us becoming his slaves.


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The Novardok technique for this is to just focus on one word or phrase in the davening and allow yourself to say everything else by rote.


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Here are some tips that work for me. I point out that they work cumulatively, so that over time there will be gradual improvement. They do not have to be done perfectly or all the time to work, don't be discouraged if you mess up. The first step is to take prayers seriously. Mentally prepare yourself to concentrate as the davening gets closer to shmoneh ...


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