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The Amida
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What To Pray: Set Prayers: Amida Pre-Prayer: Bathroom Needs If you need to use the toilet, you may not say the amida. Note: If you could refrain—even with difficulty–from using the bathroom for 72 minutes after you finish the amida, it is OK b’di’avad. Intention/Concentration (Kavana) When saying any amida, concentrate (at least for the […]
Shema
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Mental Preparation When saying the shema, focus on the idea that God is: Everywhere, Infinite, Unique, Present now and always. Witness to God’s Uniqueness We are witnesses to the fact that God is unique, as alluded to in the word “eid“–made up of the “ayin” of shema and the “dalet” of echad. Love God We […]
What to Pray
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For What To Pray Ask for Ultimate Goal During personal prayers, ask for the ultimate goal of what you seek, not for the means of getting there. Examples: Ask to find an appropriate spouse very soon (rather than praying to marry a specific person). Ask to get a good job (rather than praying to get […]
When to Pray
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Introduction to Morning Prayers/Shacharit (Weekday): Order of Prayers Here is a typical order of waking/morning prayers for weekdays (many people say these blessings at the synagogue instead of at home): Wake Wake and wash hands (Three-Times Method). Bathroom Take care of any toilet needs, wash your hands (One-Time Method). Say blessings al netilat yadayim and asher […]
When to Pray: Air Travel
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Traveler’s Questions: Crossing from Day-Night or Night-Day Always say the prayer service based on the day and time where you are at the moment you are ready to pray. Flying West Situation: You fly west and take off before sunrise. What To Do: If the sun will rise while you are flying, you may say shacharit from the […]
How To Pray
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Use Siddur or Not You may use a prayer book (siddur) or not—whichever way helps you concentrate on the prayers. Saying Prayers Out Loud Say prayers (and blessings) out loud, but not overly loud, in order to help you to concentrate on what you are saying. Exception: The main exception is the amida prayer, which […]
Where To Pray
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Set Place (Makom Kavu’a): Enhancement of Prayers It is an enhancement of your prayers to set aside a regular place for praying (makom kavu’a), but it is not required. Note: If you have a regular seat/makom kavu’a in synagogue and you find someone sitting in your seat, it is not proper to ask that person […]
Skipping to Keep Pace with the Minyan
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What To Skip To Catch Up in Shacharit If you arrive late for a shacharit minyan, or if you are lagging behind the leader, you may skip all of psukei d’zimra to catch up–except for: Baruch she’amar, Ashrei, and Yishtabach. You may also not skip any parts from yishtabach to the amida. Note: After you […]
Halachot of Amen
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Wait for Amen until after Completion of Blessing Don’t say amen to reply to the prayer leader’s blessing until he has completely finished the blessing. Don’t Answer Amen within 2.5 Seconds Don’t answer amen if you finish a prayer or blessing within 2.5 seconds after the prayer leader (cantor) finishes the same prayer or blessing […]
Who Should Pray and With Whom to Pray
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  Baby Care instead of Praying A mother of young children who require her continual attention should skip saying prayers, even for an entire day, if it will take her attention away from caring for her baby. When You May Nurse a Baby while Praying If a baby is clean, a woman may nurse a […]