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89. Kaddish
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15:5 One should make sure to hear the Kaddish and to reply to it with proper concentration, especially to “Amen, y’hei Shmei rabbah,” the proper recitation of which can annul a negative Heavenly decree of even 70 years. This response should be said out loud because it is the sound of one’s voice that cancels […]
88. Assembling the Minyan
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15:3 It is prohibited to count Jews, even for the sake of a mitzvah (Exodus 30:12). Moses took a census by counting half-shekel coins (30:13) and Saul counted his troops using goats (I Samuel 15:4). We must therefore be careful not to count the members of a minyan “one, two, etc.” The custom is to […]
87. A Minyan
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15:1 After Yishtabach, the shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) says “half Kaddish.” Kaddish, Barchu, Kedusha and reading the Torah require a minyan of ten adult males (see 15:2, below). If a minyan wasn’t assembled when they said Yishtabach but it became completed after, Kaddish is not recited at that point. This is because Kaddish is only […]
86. What to Skip
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14:7 If one said the blessings mentioned above (in 14:6) and has already put on his tallis and tefillin, he may skip if necessary to catch up to the minyan for Shemoneh Esrei, even to join the minyan at the blessing of Yotzeir Ohr (before Shema). Time permitting, one should recite Baruch She’amar, Ashrei and […]
85. Arriving Late to Shul
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14:5 On Shabbos and Yom Tov, Psalm 100 (“Mizmor L’Sodah) is not recited, since this corresponds to the korban todah (thanksgiving offering), which was not offered on Shabbos or holidays. It is likewise not recited on erev Pesach or Chol HaMoed Pesach, since a korban todah was offered with ten loaves of bread, which would […]
84. When to Stand
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14:3 From the start of pesukei d’zimrah through the end of prayers, a person should be careful not to touch any part of his body or head that is normally covered. If he needs to clean his nose or ears, he must use a handkerchief. If he touched his nasal mucous or earwax, he must […]
83. Pesukei D’zimrah
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14:1 The section that starts with the prayer Hodu through the end of the Shira is called “pesukei d’zimrah” (“verses of praise”). This section is bookended by two blessings: Baruch She’amar at the beginning and Yishtabach at the end. Once a person has started Baruch She’amar, he may not interrupt this section with speech until […]
82. Eating and Drinking in Shul
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13:4 One may not eat, drink or sleep in a shul or a beis medrash, not even a nap. (Nor may one do his work there – Mishnah Brurah 151:3; the Mishnah Brurah permits one to nap in a beis medrash since they are designed for people to stay in for long periods of time […]
81. Protection from the Elements
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13:2 Before entering a shul or a beis medrash, one should wipe his feet and make sure his clothes are not dirty. When buildings had dirt floors, it was permissible to spit in shul so long as he then immediately rubbed the saliva into the ground with his foot. (One may not spit during the […]
80. A Shul and a Beis Medrash
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12:15 Residents of a city can compel one another to build a shul or a beis medrash and to purchase the necessary books for them. (A minority who want to do this can compel a majority who disagree – Mishnah Brurah 150:1.) In a place where there is no regular minyan, they may likewise impose […]