Wow. I can't accept any of these answers. They all seem to start by buying the assumption of the questioner that if "Hashem doesn't change" - then he cannot really listen to our prayers and respond. That should be really really hard for anyone to accept who just opens a Bible and reads.
As Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch said frequently, even though ...
Rambam discusses the purpose of prayer in several places in Guide for the Perplexed. What emerges from these discussions is that the point of prayer is for man to realize that God is the master of the world and rewards and punishes man based on his deeds. With this realization man will naturally improve his behavior.
Guide for the Perplexed 3:36
The dinim of washing hands and asher yotzar are in Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayyim Simon 4 and the dinim of Birkas HaTorah are in Simon 47. So it seems clear that they are two separate topics.
On the point about even if a person had no need of the toilet, he would still need to say “al netilas yodoyim” and “asher yotzar”; Simon 4 says:
ירחץ ידיו ויברך על נטילת ...
The problem is based on the problem of whether the vav-hachibur
that is marked with a shuruk and pronounced like "oo" in look is
really a kubutz or a shuruk.
Since kubutz is (according to R' Eliyahu Bachur) 'A movement between a shuruk and a chirik'
and a t'nuaa k'tana (small movement) the rule will apply that if it's not emphasised
a sh'va after ...
The first several pages of Masechet Ta'anit deal broadly with this topic. From the opening mishnah, as well as a beraita cited in the Gemara, it seems that R. Eliezer agrees with you that there is no problem with saying morid hageshem all year round.
מאימתימזכירין גבורות גשמים רבי אליעזר אומר מיום טוב הראשון של חג ר' יהושע אומר מיום טוב האחרון של חג אמר לו ...
The Derech Hashem (2:3:10) writes
מקרים לאדם מצד גלגול נשמתו: עוד שורש אחר נמצא להנהגה בעניני העה״ז והוא
שהחכמה העליונה סידרה להרבות עוד ההצלה כמ״ש שנשמה אח׳ תבא לעה״ז פעמים
שונות בגופים שונים ועי״ז הנה תוכל לתקן בפעם א׳ את אשר קלקלה בפעם אחרת
או להשלים מה שלא השלימה ואולם בסוף כל הגלגולים לדין שלע״ל הנה הדין
יהיה עליה כפי כל מה שעבר עליה מן הגלגולים ...
Short answer (as JoelK noted, see this one for more) -- disagreement among grammarians about cases like this. Listen to your favorite baal kriah read Exodus 7:29, about the frogs:
וּבְכָה וּבְעַמְּךָ, וּבְכָל-עֲבָדֶיךָ
All three of those "vet"s are in that same gray zone.
As it was taught to me -- you can't start a word with two sh'vas, as you'd ...
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 ...
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 ...
It doesn't seem like there is much discussion, but based on the letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe below (concerning whether to daven or go to sleep after staying up all night) ( אגרות–קודש כ"ק אדמו"ר ח"ג ע' תלד.
ח"ט ע' רלט) it is clear that if going to sleep will add כוונה then it is more important than to daven ותיקין.
There is a known ...
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
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 ...