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In the evening service we praise G-d for changing day into night. Big deal...

One of the primary points of davening is for us to internalize certain ideas. After all, G-d doesn't really need our praises because all creations are...

Do I have to stand when listening to the recitation of Kaddish?

There are differing opinions on this subject.1 The bottom line is that you may sit, but due to the holiness of the prayer it is best to stand whenever...

Why must a minyan consist of TEN Jews?

Due to the profound sanctity naturally associated with certain prayers and rituals, it is required that they only be recited/performed in...

Why I should take my prayers seriously?

On a simple level, the Torah commands us to ask G-d for all our needs. For instance, if someone is, G-d forbid, sick, G-d commands us to pray to Him for...

Someone prayed for G-d to punish me. Should I be worried?

If I understand your question correctly, you are concerned because someone prayed that you should be put in an undesirable position. If you did nothing...

What is Jewish prayer?

A. The Hebrew word for prayer is Tefillah (pronounced teh-FEE-lah), which also means "connection." You connect to G-d by talking to Him--what is...

What is a shul?

A. A shul (pronounced SHOOL) is a synagogue. The word “shul” comes from the same root word for school: the Old German schule, or place of...

If I'm sinning, how can I pray to G-d?

Each morning, when we wake up, we say in our prayers, "My G-d, the soul You gave me is pure." No matter what you do with your life, your soul remains...

How do I eliminate strange thoughts during prayer?

First, look inside the prayer book while praying. Our Sages tell us that seeing the words on the page, as well as saying them out loud, awaken...

What is Shacharit?

A. Shacharit is the daily morning Tefillah. The word Shacharit comes from the Hebrew word Shachar, or morning,  commemorating the Tamid...