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Mrs. Olidort, do you like to sit in a different room when praying?

Different? You mean a partition? I'm not bothered at all by that. My prayers are between myself and G-d, and I don't need recognition from the men...

If I pray at home, do I still have to wear tefillin?

It is best to make yourself part of the community’s prayers. If this is not possible, tefillin can be worn in the convenience of your home, at your...

Should I pray in Hebrew, even if I don't understand the language?

If you feel more comfortable praying in your vernacular--go right ahead. If you wish to pray in Hebrew, you may do so provided that you understand the...

Until what time of the day can one pray the Shacharit prayers?

Best to pray before the first third of the day is up. If you didn't, then try to make it before one half of the day is up. You calculate one third or...

What should I do if I missed one of the daily prayers?

You can still pray until midday. If you miss midday, then pray the next prayer [Minchah, the afternoon prayer] twice--just the shmoneh esrai [the...

Should I do a Mitzvah today if I'm unable to make a steady commitment?

This question can be addressed from many different angles. Here are a few morsels of food for thought: 1) On the most basic level, good habits are...

Why do we beat our chests when saying the confession prayers?

It’s as if we’re saying to the heart (the home of desire): “You caused me to mess up.”Source: Mateh Efraim #607.(An old Chassid...

In the confession, why do we say “but we and our FATHERS have sinned?”

The Chassidic master, Reb Elimelech of Lizensk, explained that you don’t want to incriminate yourself entirely in front of the prosecuting angel. So...

If an ill person is unable to talk, how does he pray?

I am sorry to hear that. What one should do in that situation—hopefully this will be only theoretical from here on—is think the prayer or...

Why do many chassidim pray so late?

1. Chassidus demands that prayer be preceded by strenuous preparation: Immersion in the mikvah, studying chassidus, meditating into the greatness of G-d,...