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Question No. 1000
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Aug 2005
The Question In the last paragraph of benching, there is a quotation from Tehilim Lamed Zayin which says, "I was young and now I am old and I have never seen a Tzadik forsaken or his children begging for bread." However, we see in our world that this is clearly not true - many Tzaddikim are poor and their children go hungry. —Tali R., Matityahu, Israel
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Question No. 969
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 18 Aug 2005
The Question When traveling on an airplane, is it preferable to daven in the back of the plane with a minyan (if so, what are you supposed to do if in the middle of Shemona Esrei the fasten seatbelt light goes on?) or in your seat? Thank You —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 942
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Is it optional to sit or stand during the Hazan's recitation of the Chatzi Kaddish and the Kaddish Shalem? —Label, Boston, Ma, USA
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Question No. 935
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff, I am sometimes faced with the situation where I arrive at Shacharis whilst the minyan is already quite far into duvening. Which parts of duvening should I miss out in order to catch up in time to say Shema and its brochos with a minyan? —Chaim, London
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Question No. 932
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Aug 2005
The Question I've seen different people starting and finishing their shmona esrei in different ways. The benches in my shul are close enough together to prevent people from taking 3 full steps backwards. Is it better to take 3 smaller steps, or to step back and to the side? I personally don't like stepping back to the side, and feel like taking 3 small steps straight backward "feels more right". Also, when one member of my shul steps back to the side, he stands in the aisle for a while, preventing people from walking by, causing a hassle to people. I realize we shouldn't do things according to how we feel, but rather according to halacha. And that's why I'm writing to you. Another question I have; is there any basis at all to what I see a lot of people doing when after taking 3 steps back at the end of the shmona esrei, they then take 3 steps forward, and then go up on their toes 3 times, as we do during kedusha? Thank you for your time. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 883
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 Jul 2005
The Question May one insert any personal tefilla pertaining to that specific bracha before a bracha in shemoneh esrei ie asking for parnassa before the bracha in bareich aleinu? What language should it be in? What language may one use in shema koleinu? Is it true that one should only insert a tefilla in lashon kodesh before yihyu l'ratzon imrei fi at the end of shemoneh esrei? Is there a source for saying shir l'maalos esa einai before yihyu l'ratzon as a tefilla for a zivug? May one insert this on Shabbos, since its purpose is a bakasha? Is one permitted to cry during tefillah on Shabbos? I thank the Rav for answering my questions and for all his effort in this website. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 882
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 Jul 2005
The Question When people wear Tefillin during Minchah do they make a bracha and wear a tallit? —Anonymous, Loveland, CO
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Question No. 873
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 7 Jul 2005
The Question I know that obviously Hashem has no gender. And that however we refer to Him, it is only to put it in a way that humans can understand. Why, though, did Chazal specifically choose to refer to Him in a masculine form? Additionally, why then do we sometimes say "lach" i.e. in modim, which is a feminine form? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 866
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 Jul 2005
The Question My grandfather's family lived in Lithuania before the Holocaust. His family was chassidic and davened Nusach Ari. After the Holocaust he moved to America and no longer prayed Nusach Ari. Acoording to what Nusach should I daven? Furthermore, why doesn't everyone daven Nusach Ari? Didn't The Arizal create his tefillah for those who do not know from which tribe they are from? —Shmuel D., USA
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Question No. 860
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question Hello, I daven mincha at a place that starts with the chazan doing the first 3 brochos with kedusha (no repetition). In the evenings I learn at a place where there are many minyans and now in the summer there are many mincha minyans where I could interupt my learning to hear a proper chazoras hashatz. Is it better that I learn or interupt and hear what I missed out earlier in the day? Thanks for this wonderful service. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 839
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2005
The Question In the last bracha of shmoneh esrei, where it says to insert a passuk corresponding to one's name, how does one find a passuk if she has a double name? Two passukim or just the first letter of the first and last letter of the last? I've been saying a passuk that corresponds to my "English" name, although it's actually Hebrew. Should I stop inserting this passuk and switch to my real Hebrew name? I want to thank the Rav very much. —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 790
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 May 2005
The Question Recently I was asked regarding shaving one's beard in the morning before davvening (for those who regularly go clean-shaven). I responded that my understanding has always been that since one normally appears clean-shaven for important functions, one should davka shave before davvening, just as one washes,combs one's hair, etc. This individual was dismayed by this, having heard that shaving is a personal need, like eating, and therefore should not be done before davvening. Would the rav comment, please? —Mordechai Y. Scher, Santa Fe, New Mexico, galut USA
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Question No. 788
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 May 2005
The Question L'Kavod HaRav, As a follow-up to question #724 on pronunciation, according to Ashkenazi minhag, how should the "shoorook" in "Baruch" be pronounced? Should it be "oo" like in "zoo," or "uh" like in "book?" If it is like "book," are there any guidelines to know how to pronounce it? Thank you so much for your help with these. —Robert, Sharon, MA
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Question No. 782
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2005
The Question If one is daveing shmonah esrei and must stop in the middle to go to the bathroom, what is the proper way to stop the amidah and then to begin again after going to the restroom? Also, should one recite asher yatzar after going to the bathroom, even though they should quickly return to davening the amidah and not have any interruptions? Thank you. —Ilana Lyon, Philadelphia, PA
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Question No. 758
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 Apr 2005
The Question What does the Shulchan Aruch say regarding what a person is allowed to add before you step back and say "Oseh Shalom" in the Shmonei Esrei. Please if you could include all specifics about these halachas. What you allowed to say in this part of the personal prayers? —Jake, Los Angeles
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Question No. 753
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 7 Apr 2005
The Question In vrtually all nusachim of siddurim, the paragraph "Al tirah..." appears at the end of "Aleinu", yet I Have never heard anybody say it... Could the Rav please explain the signifigance/meaning of it & why it is not said? —E. I., Zürich, Switzerland
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Question No. 742
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Mar 2005
The Question I married a non-Jew - based on the understanding of her future conversion - before becoming more observant. The conversion never happend and my marriage didn't survive. I am accustomed to daven in a tallis, but now wonder if, having never been married to a Jewish woman, should I now daven without a tallis? —Anonymous, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Question No. 721
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2005
The Question I learned recently that generally if you have just a minyan and one walks out you finish what you are saying even with nine men. But in the repetition of Shmoneh Esreh where you need nine answering amen what do you do if one walks out in the middle of it? —Anonymous, England
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Question No. 702
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 Feb 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi, The 19th blessing of Shmoneh Esreh has puzzled me: it is in part asking for the wicked to perish. Surely, in practice one should not hesitate to defend one's own life, and in doing so is obligated to have no hesitation. However, in asking Hashem for salvation from wickness, should we not be asking the Almighty for the wickness rather than the wicked to perish? The wicked are also created B'selem elokim and there is some hope for their turn-about. Thus, the prayer is negative in my view and I have never been able to say it the way it is stated. I understand the circumstances that led to its development in the Hellenic period. Please advise. —Uriel, Providence, RI
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Question No. 694
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 Feb 2005
The Question Hi Rabbi, I understand that the correct pronunciation of G-ds name is A doe noy. Where I daven there is a man who even though the Rabbi has explained the correct pronunciation on many occasions, still says A dee noy. In your opinion should this person be a chazon for the tzibor ? ( this person is not a chasid or of any liniage that would hint to a diffrent style or accent) Thank you, —Anonymous, Israel
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