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Q&A What is the difference between "an utterance of our lips" and "speech"?

In the Viduy (confessions) that we say as part of the Yom Kippur prayers, there's a section where we list a whole bunch of sins, saying "Al chet..." (for the sin...) before each one. Two of the sec...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Can one change the wording of davening?

Note -- I am creating the hypothetical carefully so I can focus on an underlying halachic concept. A Baal T'shuva learns to daven in a very eclectic minyan -- people from all over and with all sor...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by rosends‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Why are Matzah and Sukkah different in terms of intent?

Bottom line question is why is a Sukkah different from a Matzah in terms of (not) requiring (expressed) kavannah in its creation? A Sukkah (according to the ruling of Beit Hillel on Mas Sukkah 9a)...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Mishebeirach for cholim placement

I noticed that on Shabbos, the gabbai at shul makes the mishebeirach for cholim between the 6th and 7th aliyot. I have seen this at other shuls (though I don't know if it is a codified rule or a st...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Maariv with a mincha minyan

I'm not fully finished with my hypothetical but it goes something like this: If I davened mincha at the earliest possible time, I can daven maariv before sunset. If I am called to help out with a...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Blessing on Salt

The Bracha on salt, as listed in Mishneh Torah, Blessings 8:8 is Shehakol. I have found confirmation in modern generally accepted Halachic sources. According to Mishneh Torah, Blessings 8:7 spices...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by manassehkatz‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by PinnyM‭

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Q&A I am not Jewish but would like to visit a MO synagogue to pray occasionally on Shabbat. What is the best course?

I have studied Judaism for five years privately but also with the assistance of friends. There isn't a shul in the city where I live so most Shabbats I pray at home. Occasionally I have driven in...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Hashamyim‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Is Ulichaporas Pasha a new request or a continuation?

When we say Ulichaporas Pasha in musaf on a rosh chodesh that is a leap year, is that supposed to be read/understood as a continuation of the previous request or as a new request? אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵ...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 1y ago by snowbunting‭

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Q&A How much of an interruption is permitted between a mitzvah blessing and the mitzvah?

I was taught that we shouldn't make an interruption between saying a mitzvah b'racha and taking the action. I don't have a source for this other than that it makes sense; you don't want to risk ma...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A If someone has fulfilled an obligation (like kiddush), can he then do it for others?

I had been under the impression that somebody who is not personally obligated in a mitzvah (or maybe specifically a b'racha?) cannot do it on behalf of someone else. This is one of the usual expla...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why do we stop saying Mashiv Haruach?

From Pesach until Succos, we stop saying mashiv haruach umorid hageshem in shemoneh esrei. However, we would normally say it in the second blessing of the amidah, which is where we are only praisi...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Why do we forgive past incarnations every night?

In the first paragraph of Krias Shema Al Hamita, we say that we forgive: ...לְכָל־מִי שֶׁהִכְעִיס וְהִקְנִיט אוֹתִי אוֹ שֶׁחָטָא כְנֶגְדִּי בֵּין בְּגוּפִי בֵּין בְּמָמוֹנִי... ...anyone who ha...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Shehecheyanu on Purim

What is the shecheyanu for on Purim night? The one before the morning megillah reading is (according to the announcement in shul) for the mitzvos done in the daytime. But in the preceding night, w...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by AA ‭

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Q&A Why is מוציא לחם more of a problem than מתיר אסורים or מלביש ערמים?

The Gemara (Berachot 38a) cites a dispute whether the blessing on bread is המוציא or מוציא. The issue is that the blessing must reflect the past tense; while everyone agrees that מוציא is past tens...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A Are there any sources for counting Druze men as part of a Jewish minyan?

I was talking to a Druze friend of mine a couple weeks ago, and the topic turned to religion. My friend is fairly knowledgeable about a lot of religion-related things (including for the Druze relig...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aliza‭

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Q&A Avinu Malkeinu as part of Tachanun

I know the following: The word "considered" will surely invoke the response "by whom." I have no answer but want to know the breadth of opinions. The question begs "what does it matter?" I have...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Do you say Baruch Dayan Ha-emet immediately, regardless of where you are when you learn the news?

Upon learning of someone's passing, I have been taught, we immediately say baruch dayan ha-emet. I have also been taught that we don't say blessings (or learn torah) in inappropriate locations. M...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How did they use to sleep in the shul?

In Eruvin 74b.2, the Gemara rejects a proof by saying: לְעוֹלָם אֵימָא לָךְ קַיבְּלַהּ מִינֵּהּ, וְהָכָא חַזָּנָא הוּא דַּהֲוָה אָכֵיל נַהֲמָא בְּבֵיתֵיהּ וְאָתֵי בָּיֵית בְּבֵי כְנִישְׁתָּא The G...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Can a Levi be called up in place of a Yisrael?

In my Simchas Torah experience, there's at least as many cycles of aliyos as there are Kohanim and Leviim, such that if anything a given Kohen or Levi may end up with multiple aliyos on a given Sim...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Why is "life from confusion" included in the agricultural Hoshana-prayer?

The theme of the "Adama mei-arer" Hoshana-prayer that we say on Hoshana Rabba appears to be asking God to protect our agriculture. With one possible exception, every element appears to be about the...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Believing prayer works

Are there any sources that discuss how one can internalize the belief that their prayers have a real effect on the world?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Naming a daughter when there's no minyan around

Normally in my experience, a baby girl is named in the presence of a minyan, generally at a Torah reading. If her parents are not expecting to be with a minyan for the foreseeable future, should th...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What happened to the end of the Aleph-Beis in Kol Mekadesh?

One of the songs commonly sung on Friday night, which begins Kol Mekadesh Shevi'i, follows an alphabetic acrostic. After the introductory stanza, each stanza contains four phrases: the first three ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A Shalom Aleichem -- "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem"?

I've heard a setting (by Debbie Friedman) of the song "Shalom Aleichem" that, in the last verse, says "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem" (recording, mixed group of singers). A rabbi who knew her to...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Should the repetition of the amidah be discontinued?

My understanding is that the repetition of the prayer popularly referred to as the Shmoneh Esrei was instituted to assist people who were illiterate and could not say the prayer themselves. Since t...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by withoutatrace‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Making a Bracha on a smell test.

Some members of my family are required to take a "smell test" in order to attend school each day. Are they required to make a bracha בורא מיני בשמים like when usually smelling nice things, or is th...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Nowadays, whom is Birkat Haminim directed at?

Today I saw this question: History of Birkas haMinim, which got me thinking: Nowadays, that we don't have Tzdokim or little Judaic Temple-cults like the Essenes, whom is the Birkat Haminim directed...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Harel13‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Is there any davening unique to being said when alone?

I know that there are parts of davening that one can only say, or be involved with saying, in the presence of a minyan, but I was wondering if there were pieces of davening that can only happen whe...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A "for you are…" in the blessings of sh'mone esre

The weekday amida has thirteen request benedictions in the middle, according to the usual count. Some of these end, after their respective requests, with "כי אתה…‏", "for you are…". Here's the rund...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Seeking advice as a chazzan in training

As I am training to become a chazzan, a prayer leader, I'm constantly beset by critiques by the community, regarding "you should've done X differently." There's certainly many points which will var...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Does "make for yourself a rav" normally terminate with the synagogue employment contract?

I was talking with a US rabbi from a liberal movement who left a congregation after 30 years. He told me that he needed to disengage from his now-former congregants, out of deference to the new ra...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How does one pray Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur alone?

I'm somewhat competent in praying alone on weekdays and Shabbat, with the current pandemic providing a forcing function. I prefer to be part of a community and be able to rely on the sh'liach tzib...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Examples of derivations

At the end of Korbanos during davening there is a Baraisa that starts with רַבִּי יִשְׁמָעֵאל אוֹמֵר. It tells us of different methods of derivation that can be used throughout Tanach. Does anyone ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lo Ani‭

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Q&A If someone accidentally misses davening, but would have skipped it anyway, does he do tashlumin?

Usually, if someone accidentally misses a davening, he makes the shemoneh esrei up by saying it twice the next time (called tashlumin) [source needed]. If someone misses davening accidentally, but ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lo Ani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lo Ani‭

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Q&A Is it preferable to not say Mincha early on a fast day?

On a fast day during Shacharit (the morning prayer), individuals do not say עננו / Aneinu (a special fast-day prayer), in case they don't complete the fast, and instead say it during Mincha (the af...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Hatov Ve'Hametiv for wine that is not made of grapes

Can one bless Hatov Ve'Hametiv on wine that is not made of grapes (like pomegranates, figs etc) like he would on a grape wine?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alaychem‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A If a Zoom minyan reads torah (without blessings, as study), should the reader still chant?

Due to the pandemic some communities are having weekday services on Zoom. (There seem to be leniencies that support this. That is not what this question is about.) We can't read from the torah s...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What is special about the Aleph-Bais?

In Berachos 4b (11 paragraphs up in pop-up), The gemara gives a potential reson what makes the teffilah "Ashrei" אִילֵּימָא מִשּׁוּם דְּאָתְיָא בְּאָלֶף בֵּית, נֵימָא ״אַשְׁרֵי תְמִימֵי דָרֶךְ״ דּ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Why does everyone talk during pesukei d’zimra? [closed]

Why does no one, not even the daveners at the most chareidi kollel, follow the halacha of not talking during pesukei d’zimra?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Racquetball‭  ·  closed 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Why do we kiss the Teffilin at Ashrei?

In most siddurim by Ashrei, it says to touch the arm Teffilin at פּותֵחַ אֶת יָדֶךָ,and the head Teffilin at וּמַשבִּיעַ לְכָל חַי רָצון. What is the connection between Hashem sustaining us and the...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by rosends‭

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Q&A When to gather the Tzitzis

In most siddurim, in the paragraph before Shema of Ahavah Rabah, before the words וַהֲבִיאֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם it says to gather the Tzitzis and put them in your left hand. Does that mean to: A. Pause da...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Which tallis should be kissed?

If there is someone who does not yet own a Tallis (prayer shawl), and he is davening for the amud (so he wears a shul tallis), when he gets to the places in davening where you are supposed to kiss ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Why is the beracha of Shehechiyanu phrased in the plural?

The Bracha of Shehechiyanu reads as follows: ברוך...שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה ...that He kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this time. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?

I tend to daven (pray) without sufficient focus and very quickly. In particular, I find that most of the time that I'm praying, my mind is on things other than the words that I'm saying. And, not t...

25 answers  ·  posted 13y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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