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Question No. 1347
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2007
The Question I was wondering what the reason for the following is. In Modim we say 'HATOV' ki lo chalu rachamecha, 'VEHAMRACHEM' ki lo samu chasodecha. I would have thought that it should be consistant and say 'HATOV' ki lo samu chasodecha 'VEHAMRACHEM' ki lo chalu rachamecha, Thank you. —J. Kaufman, New York
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Question No. 1311
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 20 Feb 2007
The Question What is the deal with the (facing and) bowing at the end of l'cha dodi? where did this come from, and what are the various reasons to explain such wide varieties of 'minhagim'? the Yekis face the door regardless of its position, front or side. just about everyone else faces the back regardless of where the door is. people bow at bo'i kala to the left and right, or front and back. and strangely enough, I've seen (inadvertently) the following done ONLY in Israel by all women, and no men, yet have never seen it done where i used to live anywhere in NY: the women also bow at the words bo'i v'shalom!! Isn't there also some sort of issur of bowing in places not prescribed by chazal? Please help me, I'm very bothered by this whole mishigas. —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1290
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 19 Nov 2006
The Question Rabbi Leff, Why is it that we remove our tefillin first, leaving our tallis for last? Is the idea of tadir v'shano tadir - tadir kodem apllicable by removing items? I would think, as in removing our shoes (left first as a sign of chashivos for the right), that we would leave on the most choshev item for last- thus the teffilin. Thanks! —Anonymous, Passaic, NJ
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Question No. 1260
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 Jun 2006
The Question Kevod Harav; When the Torah is raised after Kerias Hatorah we say "Vezos Hatorah" until "Al pi Hashem beyad Moshe." Some continue with three verses from sefer Mishlei (Ets Chaim Hi etc, Deracheiha Darchei Noam etc and Orech Yamim Bimina etc). These psukim appear in Mishlei in exactly the reverse order. Does the Rav have a suggestion why we nevertheless recite them the other way round in Vezos Hatorah? (the same thing appears in the prayer Uvenucho Yomar). I thank the Rav for his time and this great website. —Jitschak Joseph, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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Question No. 1205
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2006
The Question Kavod HaRav, I live in the Wash. Hts. Breuers community, and the prevalent German minhag is to wash before kiddush on Shabbos night. Am I able to change my minhag to conform to the community? —Yosef Kay, Washington Heights, NY
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Question No. 1191
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2006
The Question LíKovud HaRav. I appreciate you answering my last question and have another question for you: I know of a shul that is built directly to the West of a church, where the Aron Kodesh is to the North of the shul. Somebody told me that the reason the shul was built with the Aron Kodesh in the North, is because we do not want to face the church when we daven. Is this a valid reason? Or should we actually face East when we daven despite the Aron Kodesh being to the North, and despite the church being there? Thank you Rabbi Leff for all the amazing work you do and time you put into these questions. —Benjamin, CT
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Question No. 1190
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2006
The Question I try to be careful about saying all of korbanos, which can add around 10-15 minutes to davening. I try to come to shul round 15 minutes early in order to say korbanos before davening. When I get there there are people there learning before davening but haven't even put on yeffilin or said korbanos (i asked them). But it seems that most people come to davening and leave right afterwords to go to work, neglecting to say korbanos. Is the saying of korbanos something that we don't need to be so makpid on today? Is it better to come to shul earlier and learn rather than spend the time saying korbanos? I'm a bit confuse as to the importance that needs to be placed on saying korbanos. Can you please elaborate. Thank you. —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1189
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2006
The Question Why do we say in Kiddush Levanah the Passuk of "Tipol Aleihem Amatah Vafachad" - what is the connection to the Levanah? Why do we say it backwards? —Anonymous, Bronx, NY
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Question No. 1185
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2006
The Question When one goes to daven at the kever (grave) of a Tzaddik, are there any laws or customs that one should follow? (Such as saying the Tehilim that correspond to the letters that spelling the Tzaddik's name). Also, when one is davening for a Kohen is it proper to pronounce their name as “name haKohen ben mother’s name” or as “name ben mothers name haKohen”? —Chanoch, Eretz Israel
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Question No. 1177
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Jan 2006
The Question Dear Rav Leff, I attend an Orthodox shul where they have a sheliach tzibur kavua for Shabbos shacharith. I recently learned that the sheliach tzibur does not keep Shabbos, and arrives to the shul by car. Does the halacha which says that one can't benefit from another Jew's chilul Shabbos apply here? If yes, can I answer Amen after the Shatz recites brachot or kadish? Can I participate in kedusha? If the sheliach tzibur is posul is the minyan still good? What are other possible implications in this case? Thank you very much in advance. —Moshe, Arizona, USA
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Question No. 1154
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2005
The Question I usually bang my chest at "slach lanu" during the Maariv prayer. I've noticed over the years that other people aren't doing this. Am I doing it in error? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1141
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2005
The Question a. If a sephardi or ashkenazi is praying in a hassidic minyan where tachanun is never said, should the sephardi or ashkenazi recite it on their own ? b. If not why not ? c. If so, at what point ( while the tzibbur is saying aleinu or after aleinu ? ) Thank you in advance for your guidance. —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1105
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 25 Oct 2005
The Question What is the source of the custom I see some fathers practice of covering their childrens' heads with their tallis during Birkas Cohanim? Is this a proper minhag, and if so, should I adopt it? Thank you. —Anonymous, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 1103
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 25 Oct 2005
The Question I noticed in Jerusalem that a Sephardi/Bucharian congregation was having Hakafot shilishi at Mincha. What is the origin of this custom? Is there a basis in Halacha? A Jew from India also told me he did this in India. I have never seen this before. —Daniel Ashkenazy, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1064
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Sep 2005
The Question Is it halacha to wear a hat or a double head covering for davening? Or is it just praiseworthy as it gives kovod before Hashem? Thank you —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1050
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 21 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi, Is it proper to give a kibud in shul (hagba or an aliya) to a man who usually gets to shul at around Shma (and starts then to put on his talis and tephlilin) when there are a very large group of people who make it a habit of being there from the beginning if davening? Thank you, —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1029
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2005
The Question We are not permitted to recite those parts of selichot that are in aramaic, when recited b'yechidut ( i.e., not in the presence of a minyan ). The reason given is that the angels, who deliver the individual's prayer to heaven, do not understand aramaic. 1) Why don't they know that one particualr language ? 2) Why haven't they learned it by now ? 3) An angel taught yosef hassadik 70 lnaguages, including aramic ( i believe ). Why can't that angel teach the others ? 4) Why does the "mailman" need to understand the language in which the letters he delivers is recorded ? Thank you for answering my questions, and I thank you for clarifying any misconceptions I may have as apparent from my questions. —Stephan, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1013
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rav, I'm running tefillah workshops at a school and I would like to know why we bow in the Amidah, take three steps back, and three steps forward. Thank you. —Anonymous, South Africa
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Question No. 1012
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 Sep 2005
The Question Shalom U'Bracha. I am accustomed to say Mekadaish Es Shimcha Berabim (in Karbonos) with the Shem Hashem. I would like to start at L'Olam Yeheah Yerai Shamayim Beseser - but some times am running short on time. Can I start from just the paragraph itself that starts with Atah Hu Ad SHelo and still say the Barcha or no I am not allowed to do that but must start from at least ...? (I'm not sure where). Thank You. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1004
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 31 Aug 2005
The Question Rabbi Leff, if in my silent Shemona Esrai I am about to start Atah Kadosh and the Shaliach Tzibur reaches Kedusha at the same time, may I answer Kedusha with the Tzibur? Thank you. —Anonymous, USA
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