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Is there a prayer I can say to assist me in my battle against my Yetzer Hara?

The Talmud says that if the Yetzer Hara is bothering you, take him to the study-hall. In other words, learn some Torah. The best way to get rid of the...

Why is it necessary to pray three times a day?

Prayer in its essential form is about pouring your heart out to G-d whenever there is a desire/need. However, our Patriarchs highlighted three times of...

Why do we recite the Ashrei three times a day?

The Talmud1 states that Ashrei is the primary chapter of Pesukei DeZimrah (this section of the prayer), because the initials of its verses follow the order...

Why is the Amidah read silently?

The role model of silent prayer was Chanah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, who prayed silently and effectively.1 What is so special about silent...

At what point during the prayers can I insert a private prayer?

The first and last three blessings of the Amidah offer praise and thanksgiving to G-d. The middle thirteen, are devoted to all our requests. The following...

Why is the Chanukah Menorah lit in the synagogue?

In days bygone, the synagogue was the center of the Jewish community. Morning and evening, the entire community would gather there to offer prayers to...

Why do we lift our heels when saying "Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh" in the Kedusha?

When reciting the Kedusha, we are actually mimicking the heavenly angels who recite these words every day when they praise G-d.Because when doing so, they...

Why am I not supposed to look at the Kohanim during the Priestly Blessings?

There are two reasons why one is not supposed to look at the Kohanim while they are duchening:(1) One is not supposed to look at anything during duchening....

Can I drive on Shabbat if it is my only way to get to the synagogue?

Disappointing as it may sound, the answer is no. It is disappointing because which Jew doesn’t want to be in a synagogue on Shabbat? After all, the...

Why is number ten significant -- Commandments, men in a minyan, etc.?

The number ten symbolizes perfection. The world was created with ten utterances (Avos 5:1), this is because the Torah, which is the blue print which G-d...