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Question No. 690
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2005
The Question i would like to know the halacha on talking durning davening,and how far should a person go in public to stop the talking, or when u know the person will not stop talking and all that will happen will become a shouting match, does a person still have responsibility of telling people to stop,and can you please state place where this halacha is discussed or answerd —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 661
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 9 Jan 2005
The Question Greetings. As a first time visitor to an orthodox synagogue, I was taken aback at the apparant dark ages setup with the gender seperation and barrier placed to divide the two. I was directed to this wonderful and informative site to gain an understanding. Would you please email me any answer or previous articles I assume you have to be able to clarify it for me. Thank You very much in advance. —Anonymous
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Question No. 654
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Jan 2005
The Question When doing hagbaha in an askenaz minyan the question came up as which direction to make the first turn.The shulchan orech tells us to show the words and letters to the people on the right{south}first which would require either a quarter turn to the left or a three-quarter turn to the right.Others say turn only to the right and make a quarter turn to the right and show it to the people left( north) first. I would like to add a condition to the question and say that the person is standing to the west of the table when he starts. What do you think? I think the hagbaha showing process starts when you are prepositioned with the face of the torah showing to the south and pause in this direction so the people can see the words of the torah.I think the rule of always going to the right starts after you are prepositioned. I noticed in the Mishna Berurah section 134 subparagraph 9 that they talk about a person standing to the east of the table when he starts.Thank you.Hope to hear from you soon Thank you. —Anonymous, Monsey, N.Y.
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Question No. 650
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2005
The Question I heard a shiur by the Rav Leff that addressed the question of "how can we change gezairos in shamayim through out tefillos?" The answer that the Rav gave was that we are not actually changing the gezairos, but rayher we are elevating ourselves so that we are not longer the same person who the gezaira was on. 1-What is the source for this answer? 2-we say in our tefillos "kra roah gzar dinenu" and "teshuva utefilla utzedaka maavirim ed roah hagezaira." Don't these two tefillos contradict the Rav's assumption that we can not change them? Thank you very much! —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 632
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Dec 2004
The Question why is Hashem sometimes referred to in the feminine as in Modim anachnu lach and sometimes in the masculine? —Anonymous, fla USA
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Question No. 619
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 16 Dec 2004
The Question I have a follow-up question to the Rav's reply to Question #597. When my father was a teenager, he took upon himself Minhagei Chabad (instead of his family's Ashenazi customs and practices). I have never considered myself a Chabadnik, but I do daven Nusach Ari, wear Chabad Tefillin, etc., because that is what my father told me to do. Does the Rav think that I should stick with these Chabad practices or switch to Ashkenazi ones? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 598
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question What should I do if I am at a Shabbos meal and the head of the household does not pronounce G-d's name in the brachos of Hamotzi and/or Kiddush? Unfortunately, this also applies to my father. (Telling him about the problem isn't practical. To say the least, it would not contribute to the Shabbos atmosphere.) If I expect that the host will not pronounce G-d's name (and I'm not able to tell him about the problem, for whatever reason), should I try to make a private Hamotzi/Kiddush for myself before the meal? Finally, if I didn't pay close attention during the brachos, can I rely on safek brachos l'hakel? Am I even yotzei if I didn't pay attention? Thank you —Anonymous, U.S.
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Question No. 597
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question I used to daven according to Nusach Ashkenaz, and then later switched to Nusach Ha Ari (Chabad). I am now no longer actively affiliating with Chabad, and wish to return to my former nusach and minhagim. However, according to the rabonim of Chabad, one my switch from Ashkenaz to Ha Ari, but not the other way around. In other words the change to Ha Ari seems to be permanent. What is the Rav's thoughts on this issue? —Anonymous, California
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Question No. 594
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question What criteria does a ger go by to decide what nusach ha-tefilah he should follow, Ashkenaz or Sefarad, as well by what standard of halakha he should adhere, Ashkenazi poskim or Sefaradi poskim? If he was born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, does his father's origin have any bearing? —Yisrael Kaniel, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 593
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question A man in our shul became upset when kadish was said several times after various pirkei tehilim that were said after davening. what is the problem with ribui kadishim? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 579
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question can I learn / Daven in full view of my wife's (or anyone's) bare feet without looking away? If not, do see thru stockings help? —Anonymous, Ohio
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Question No. 575
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question L'Chvod Harav Leff, I have returned from my year in Eretz Yisrael. I went to Seminar Yerushalayim where I had the zchus of having the Rav speak about davening. One of the many tings that I learned from the Rav, (or I thought I did so I want to clearify it) was that we are supose to take 3 steps foward as we begin Shemoneh Esrei but we do not have to take the 3 steps back before hand. I thoguht that we were told that th only reason to take three steps back if we need the room to take three steps foward as we begin Shemonei Esrei. In shul I se everyone takign three steps back and then three steps foward. I am not sure if I am remembering correctly, so I would really appreciate if the Rav can clarify this point. —Anonymous, Chicago, IL
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Question No. 559
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question Shalom Aleichem Rabbi, thank you very much for your previous answers to my questions. Why is it that outside of Israel the Ashkenazi custom is that kohanim only duchan on mussaf of YomTov? Why do Sefardim do it? I was always told that it involves the fact that they may be impure and that men go to the mikvah before YomTov but if that is so why dont they duchan by Shacharis as well? and what about some modern communitites where there is no men's mikveh yet they still duchan on YomTov? I understand its a mitzvas eseh why should we mevatal it? Thanks in advance. —Tal Zwecker, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 538
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question A rabbi in our shul became very upset with a shatz who was a mourner because he thought he said "too many kadishim." What is the problem? Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 534
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question If I'm in the middle of tachanun and Kaddish is said should I finish up the prayer or say amen... also if I'm in Elokai Netzor should I finish up or say amen? Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 528
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Nov 2004
The Question With respect to Question #425 and the Rov's answer, surely the last 3 brochos of the Amida contain requests? Within Sim Sholom especially it is possible to get upset. Is one allowed to get upset during Sim Sholom on Shabbos and Yom Tov? Is one allowed to make an extra request specifically related to Shabbos during Elokai Nezor on Shabbos e.g. asking for a happy and spiritual Shabbos? Menachem Salasnik, London
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Question No. 517
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question Another question Rabbi Leff - I daven in a shul that davens very quickly - I on the other hand like to be madakdek with my tefillah and nekudos, so I daven more slowly and usually only say Baruch She'amar, Ashrei with Hallelukah's and then Yishtabach so as to keep up with the minyan - I do this to have kavannah and say every word properly. Even after Shemoneh Esrei, I try to go more slowly etc... and the kehilla is up to Aleinu while I'm in Uva L'Tzion. After davening, I go back and make up the missed pesukei d'zimrah and korbanos etc... Is this the proper way to daven in this environment, or should I rush to stay up with the minyan, at the cost of losing kavanah, mispronouncing the words and nekudos?? Thank you for your time. Baruch, US
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Question No. 478
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question What are the halochos regarding davening the Amidah while on a journey? I know that one should sit down, but what about taking 3 steps backwards and forwards and bowing? Anonymous, London
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Question No. 471
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question What is the Halachic reasoning for some to wear tefillin during mincha in addition to wearing at shacharit. Thank you Anonymous, Silver Spring, MD
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Question No. 469
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Regarding the Rav's response to question #429, I have seen some shuls where the prayer for the State of Israel is recited, omitting the words "Reishis Tzmichas Geulaseinu." Would this solution serve to alleviate the concerns of those reluctant to recite this tefillah? Yechekzel G. Long Island, NY
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