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271. The Ten Days of Repentance
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:18 Throughout the year, one concludes the third bracha with Ha(k)Eil HaHadosh (“the Holy God”) and the eleventh bracha with Melech Oheiv tzedaka u’mishpat (“King Who loves righteousness and justice”). During the ten days from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur, the third bracha is concluded HaMelech HaKadosh (“the Holy King”) and the […]
270. The Request for Rain
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:16 We start asking for rain in the bracha of prosperity starting on the seventh day of the month of Marcheshvan. This continues as long as we mention the rain (i.e., until Pesach). This is the practice in Israel; elsewhere, one starts asking for rain 60 days after the autumnal equinox. Tefillah […]
269. Aneinu
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:14                                      On fast days, an individual who is fasting adds the prayer Aneinu (“Answer us…”) in the bracha of Shomei’ah Tefillah (that God hears prayer). The leader of the service recites it as a separate bracha in between Go’eil Yisroel (that God redeems Israel) and Rofeih… (that God heals). This bracha concludes […]
268. Al HaNissim
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:12 When yom tov falls on a Saturday night, one inserts the following into the fourth bracha: “You have made Your righteous judgments known to us and taught us to perform the decrees of Your will. You have given us, Hashem, our God, the sanctity of Shabbos, the glory of the festival […]
267. Ya’aleh v’Yavo
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:10 On Rosh Chodesh and chol hamoed (the intermediate days of a Festival), one recites 19 brachos at maariv, shacharis, and mincha, as per usual. In the blessing of Avodah, one adds the prayer “Ya’aleh v’yavo.” In the musaf prayer of chol hamoed, one recites the same musaf as on yom tov. […]
266. Introductory and Concluding Phrases
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:8 Musaf of Yom Kippur has seven brachos except in the Jubilee year, in which case nine brachos are recited, the same as on Rosh Hashana. In fact, they are exactly the same brachos. This is only the case when the Jubilee year is observed. Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:9 Before the first […]
265. Amidah on the High Holidays
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 2:6 There are seven brachos in the evening, morning and afternoon prayer services on Shabbos and yom tov. In the musaf service on Rosh Hashana, nine blessings are recited: the same first three and last three brachos as on every other day, plus three intermediate brachos. The first of these is Malchiyos, […]
Shiv’a
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Purpose The purpose of shiv’a is to honor the dead person and the mourners. When Shiv’a (and Shloshim) Starts: Normal Days Shiv’a (and shloshim) starts for a mourner who: Attends funeral:  After the burial. Will not attend funeral and is a(n): Non-Onen:  Immediately upon hearing news of the death. Onen:  As soon as the onen […]