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Question No. 257
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Shalom Aleichem. If one begins the Birchas Krias Shma prior to the end of Zman Tefilla, may he finish those brachos once zman tefilla has passed? Yitzchak Shuster, Forest Hills, NY
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Question No. 252
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question When daveining Shmona Esrei, when exactly are we supposed to say "Hashem sefasi tiftach oofi yagid tehillasecha"? before or after we take 3 steps forward? Anonymous
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Question No. 249
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question During the week I daven mincha by a shul that davens 5 minutes before shkia and then says tehillim for a few minutes and then davens maariv. During this time there is a lot of talking going on and the rabbi has to keep stopping and telling people to be quiet. There are also people that are learning very loud. Can I tell the people who are learning to be quiet or can I not say anything because they are learning? Thank you Rabbi Leff. Zev, Lakewood, NJ
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Question No. 246
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question If a couple have two boys and therefore need to have a girl to fulfill the mitzva of “peria u’revia” (to be fruitful and multiply), should the husband not say the usual tefiloas HaRamban which mentions that they should be blessed with male children? Should he rather say his own tefilos asking for a girl? Also, if the children they already have have some developmental problems, are there any special tefilos or Tehillim that are appropriate to request that their future offspring don’t have these problems? Anonymous
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Question No. 244
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question We are a group of workers at a health care institution in Yerushalayim (Sephardim, Ashkenazim, Yemenites etc...). When we daven Mincha at work (at 2:30 pm in the summer)we don't have time for a full chazarat ha'shatz, so the shliach tzibur starts shmoneh esray out loud until after kedusha. How should the tzibur behave? At the moment, the Ashkenazim wait until after the kedusha to start their shmoneh esray, while the Sephardim start with the shaliach tzibur and do not answer amen to the brachot(so it turns out that there is not a minyan answering amen). I thank the Rav very much. The staff of a workplace in Jerusalem
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Question No. 233
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Can A Cohen be replaced by an Israel for the second Aliya if there is no Levi. Joey Cohen, Miami
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Question No. 223
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question I would like to ask the Rav if it is preferable to daven in an Ashkenazi shul(I am Ashkenazi) where there is talking, or to daven in a Sephardi shul where there is no talking, but the minhag is VERY different for me(and my children, who when with me in the Sephardi shul fail to learn the Ashkenazi minhag and nussach I want them to know). I need to stress, that seeing others talking in shul causes me GREAT discomfort.Also, I live in a community where my choice of shuls is limited. Either Ashkenazi with talking, or Sephardi (edot mizrach) with no talking. Thats it.During the week, I travel to another city to shtiebelach where they are makpid on kedushat bet knesset, but Shabbat I am stuck in my community. Kol Tuv. Akiva, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 211
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question How tall should a Mechitsa be? And are you allowed to decorate the synagogue with plants? Can a Mechalel Shabbat read the Haftara himself if he asks to. Thank you very much Joey Cohen, Miami
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Question No. 179
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I am 55 and been observant for 15 years. Throughout that time I have tried and failed numerous times to put on tefellin and daven shachris on a continuous basis. I am observant about most other matters but I am a very undisciplined person and never able to sustain shachris and tefellin and it bothers me tremendously. My problem is that I am a night person and NOT a morning person. At night I feel the urge all the time to put on my tallis and tefellin but by morning there is no will power to do so. So my question is whether there are any circumstances where it is permissible to don tallis and tefellin at night other than if I were getting up at that point to start my day. I no this sounds ridiculous but no matter how well intentioned I am I just won't do it in the morning. Thank you Alan, Newton, MA
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Question No. 176
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Many of the preteens in my shul need some chizuk. For whatever reasons, they are not getting this from their homes or schools. Their families are not anti-, but it just isnt happening. I wanted to start running a separate Shabbat dovening for these kids so they will have something else to do besides sitting in the social hall and chatting. I have several questions regarding this issue. First of all, which part of dovening would you suggest to focus on? Secondly, we only have one minyan. For this purpose, would it be okay for me to miss minyan (I'm also usually the only Kohen in shul) or part of it? And thirdly, for chinuch reasons, would it be acceptable to have aliyot in this minyan similar to the aliyot on Monday and Thursday? And could a pre-Bar-Mitzvah read from the Torah in this setting? I would also appreciate if you could give me some sources (if it is okay for pre-Bar Mitzvahs to get aliyot and lain). We do not have many kids in our shul and this minyan would be for kids from fourth or fifth grade thru Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Thank you, anonymous response
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Question No. 164
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Shalom Rabbi After the tradical event of the explosion of the colombia space ship last saturday. I spoke with my friend and he said that there is strict Hallachic rulings in the doing of space travel, something about praying all the time becurse of the moving of the planets and the sun and so on. Is that correct or could you tell me about thoose rulings? Thank you Johan, Sweden
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Question No. 161
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I belong to an email list that sends updates about those injured by terrorism. I am sending you a copy. Anyone else can obtain it by emailing tefilla@netvision.net.il. Based on your answer to question #90, would it be correct to say that these names should not be included in "rafainu", but rather in a separate bakasha in "shma kolainu"? If so, is there a proper nusach for mentioning these names? I also had several other questions, regardless of where we include the request of a speedy recovery. 1. Is it okay to include the names of gentiles (e.g. druze who have been injured) together with the others. I am wondering since the end of the tefilla in rafainu is "betoch she'ar cholei Yisrael"? 2.If not, where should I add their names and is there a prescribed nusach? 3.And would we follow the same name format (i.e. name son/daughter of mother's name)? If so, what would one say if they did not know the mother's name? 4. In general, what should be the responsibility of the community to these people? Based on your answer, they should not be included individually in the mi she bayrach in shul, although we do say in our shul "vekol nifgei haterror". Thank you anonymous,
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Question No. 149
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I started a new job where I have to be at work by 7 so I have to leave by 630. The problem concerns davening because netz is at 638. It is not correct to daven shmoneh esrei before, right? Also, I was suggested to say everything except s"e and when I get to work, to say it. But then I wont be able to talk the whole time and people may think I am ignoring them. How do I do this, and what order should I daven so I can complete as much davening as possible before I go to work? Thank you. Tamara, Jerusalem
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Question No. 131
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I understand that the "optional' line was removed from Aleynu due to the fact that gentile printers did not appreciate the ramifications of that line. Now that we print our own siddurs, why is that line still optional? The first paragraph of Aleynu was written by Yehoshua. how do we have the right to remove from it? Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 92
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I was in Mattatiyahu many years ago for Shabbat and I think the Rav had said that "maybe it was permissible to learn Torah silently during chazarat hashatz and that is how I hold." First of all, forgive me and correct me if I am not remembering correctly. Secondly what should be the proper behavior during chazarat hashatz? Sitting or standing? Feet together? If the shatz is quick and by saying barchu uvaruch shmo, you would overlap chatimat habracha or by saying amen, you overlap the beginning of the next bracha, should you answer? Many people put tzedaka in a pushka during chazara. Is that okay? Is it permissible to collect tzedaka during chazara? If not, how does one respond? Should the response be different between one collecting for himself and, lets say, someone collecting for the shul? Can a gabai do his "gabaut" during the chazara? If not, what do you do when he asks if you are a kohen or levi? Anonymous, Florida
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Question No. 21
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question Regarding question #9 which I asked about what to do if I arrive just as the Shaliach tzibur. The Rav said I should say it word for word together with the tzibbur. I tried doing this, and find it extremely distracting. I can't have nearly as much kavanna than when I daven it alone. Isn't with kavana the ultimate way to daven? Would I be doing an aveira, or getting less schar for the mitzva if I do it the way I feel I have more kavana? Thank you. Shloime Horowitz, Har Nof
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Question No. 13
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question While it is forbidden to pray in front of a mirror, what if the mirror is located to one's side ? Also, what about praying in front of a large window or glass door where one's reflection can be seen ? Dr. Gary Roth Givat Ze'ev
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Question No. 9
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question If I come to mincha late, just as the chazzan is about to start chazaras hashatz, what do I do? Should I start davening when he starts the chazara, and try to get up to Kedusha with the kahal, or should I say kedusha with the Kahal and then start 18? What about ma'ariv? If they're just about to start davening, and I just showed up, should I say 18 with them, then go back and to brachas and krias shema, or daven in the regular order? Thank you very much for your time. Shloime Horowitz. Har Nof, Jerusalem
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