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Question No. 1564
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 Dec 2008
The Question Why do women recite the bracha of "she'asani kirtzono" while men recite "shelo asani isha"? It would seem that either both should say "shasani kirtzono" or "shelo asani isha" should be said by men and "shelo asani ish" by women. —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1541
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 12 Nov 2008
The Question I have heard that you are not allowed to say Tehillim at night. Is that true? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1533
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 1 Nov 2008
The Question I like to extend my Shmoneh Esrei during davening, however I always miss the opportunity to answer to Kedusha. I was wondering if there was any way that I would be able to answer, while I am still holding in the middle of Shmoneh Esrei, but before Elokai Nitzor. I know that once you're up to Elokai Nitzor you can answer, but I was hoping that there would be a ruling which would allow me to answer throughout the Shmonei Esrei. Thank you. —Anonymous, West Coast
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Question No. 1519
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Aug 2008
The Question Shalom Rav! If chinuch and sholom bais (and zivug) is so important, why in the shmone esre there isn't a special brocho with this ask? Or there is a brcho, and we don't know that we ask this in the brocho (and it's beremez)? Toda raba! —Meir, Brasil
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Question No. 1514
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2008
The Question In kidusha, are you allowed to saparate your feet right after the chazzan repeats 'yimloch' or do you have to wait until he finishes the bracha with 'hukale hakadosh'? —Yoni, Teaneck, NJ
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Question No. 1513
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Aug 2008
The Question can one start saying vayehi binsoa haaron before the person who is doing pesicha gets to opening it if he on his way? If yes, can one continue on to brich shmay? —Anonymous, new york, ny
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Question No. 1501
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 30 Jun 2008
The Question Shalom. As a gabbai in an Ashekenazi shul, is there an inyan to favor as shaliach tzibbur those who daven in ha'avara ashkenaz over those who daven in ha'avara sefaradit, or does it not matter, and everyone (assuming they are able to lead the davening) should be asked without regard to the way they pronounce the words of the tefilla? Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1476
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 14 May 2008
The Question Is it muttar to excersize before davening or is that putting your "chafetzcha" before Hakadosh Boruch Hu? —Yosef Chaim, Washington Heights, NY
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Question No. 1473
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 May 2008
The Question Why do Sephardim say the prayers aloud and did the Ashkenazim at one time also pray out loud and then stopped doing so? If so, when did the change take place? —Nate Pancer
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Question No. 1472
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 May 2008
The Question What is the difference between the word BARUCH and the word ASHREI as in 'BARUCH Hagever Asher Yivtach B'Hashem' and 'ASHREI Adam Boteach Bach" (in Havdalah) or 'ASHREI Hagever Asher Tiyasrenu Kah'? —J. Kaufman, New York
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Question No. 1471
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 May 2008
The Question What is the reason and source for a father to cover his sons' heads with his tallis during Birkat Kohanim? Until what age (of his sons) should one do this? If his sons are not with him, should he dafka cover his own head with his tallis? —Anonymous, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1463
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Apr 2008
The Question I'm curious as to why the Rav of a shul sits facing the kehilla rather than facing forward as do the rest of the kehilla? Thanks. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1462
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2008
The Question Lichvod HaRav. When bentching we add "Tehilat Hashem y'daber pi" and many guests have told us that this is not said if you live in Israel and especially in Jerusalem. Can you please clarify? Thank you in advance. —Anonymous, Ramat Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 1448
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 Apr 2008
The Question I have heard that one of the poskim (I believe it was Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach) said to kiss a sefer torah by touching the torah and then kissing their hand is not proper. One does not accomplish anything by kissing one's hand. Does the Rav know of any sources in defense of this common practice? Thank you! —Anonymous, Far Rockaway, NY
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Question No. 1425
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2007
The Question L'Kavod Rav Zev Leff Shlita, In: "Question No. 1417", I asked what the source is for the custom of men rising slightly when reciting the word "elokeinu" by zimun. The Rav replied that there were gedolim that were noheg to rise for the shem hashem. Being that the klal does not stand every time they hear the shem hashem, is there any reason to do so b'davka by zimun? Thank you. —Naftali Zvi, U.S.A.
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Question No. 1417
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 7 Oct 2007
The Question L'Kavod Rav Zev Leff Shlita, What is the source and reason for the custom of men rising slightly when "elokeinu" is read, if a minyan is present by birchas hamazon? Thank you. —Naftali Zvi, U.S.A.
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Question No. 1405
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Sep 2007
The Question On what basis are some shuls not makpid to have the shliach tzibur put on a talis for mincha or maariv despite the Magen Avraham (also cited in the Mishna Brura) who says one should? —Yisrael Kaniel, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1391
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 13 Aug 2007
The Question Re; Question 1185 about davening at the kever of a tzaddik, to clarify, would one make the brachah "Asher Yatzar Eschem Badin" after 30 days if he has not seen Jewish graves in any cemetery or only in the same one? Also, if he merely passed by outside and saw the graves at a distance would does this count as seeing them as regards this halachah. Also, I saw that one sefer says that one says "Ve'nochachah Hashem" while placing his Left hand on the monument. —Anonymous, Brooklyn NY
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Question No. 1377
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 17 Jul 2007
The Question Is it correct that when a person performs a mitzvah in such a way that it unnecessarily disturbs another person, that the mitzvah is tainted, or at worst, no mitzvah at all? I would like to ask you about two specific applications of this: (1) A person who davens psukei d'zimra loud enough to disturb someone nearby and reduce that person's ability to concentrate. After all, Hashem will hear the tefillah even if said in a whisper so is it assur to daven out loud unnecessarily when it is disturbing another person? (2) Similarly, with someone learning loudly in a beis medrash making it harder for other people to hear or concentrate? Especially when two people are learning together and speaking so loudly that anyone in the entire room could hear? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1358
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 Jun 2007
The Question Kovod Harav. After I've taken my 3 steps backs in the shemonah Esrei and said Oseh shalom and Yehi Rotzon, I bow forward again. I know this is not a bow institued by the Rabbis but I was wondering if its a problem or not as it could be seen as an extra bow. In my humble opinion there is no problem since it is done after I've completely finished saying the Semonah Esrei. However I just wanted to check with you. Thanks. Kol Tuv —Aaron, London
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