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Why is Yizkor recited on certain festivals?

In Yizkor, the souls of the departed are remembered in prayer to G-d and in monetary pledges to charity. It is founded upon the principle that a Mitzvah...

When is Yizkor recited?

Yizkor is recited following the morning Torah reading of: Yom KippurShmini Atzeretthe last day of Pesachthe second day of Shavuot See "How...

What is the "Tal" prayer?

It's a special prayer for dew said during the repetition of the Musaf Amidah on the first day of Pesach. It heralds the transition from the...

What is the "Geshem" prayer?

“Geshem” is the Hebrew word for rain. Life in the Land of Israel has always depended on rain. Agriculture is one of Israel’s main...

Why are some letters in the first line of Shema larger than others?

"Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad"-"Hear, oh Israel; the L-rd our G-d is one L-rd" When written in Torah; Tefillin and...

What do I do if I feel as if my prayers are not ascending to Heaven?

Let me first ask you a question -- how does one feel if their prayers do reach Heaven? Let me explain by way of an analogy: When you send an email, do you...

Is it a Mitzvah (commandment) to pray?

The Short Answer: Yes. The Askmoses Answer: Essential Prayer  The Torah tells us,1 "You shall serve the L-rd, your G-d,”...

What's the appropriate posture and conduct for the Amidah prayer?

First and foremost is proper demeanor: “One should only stand to pray amid an attitude of reverence and humility.”1 The amidah is the one...

When is the proper time to recite the Shema?

The Biblical command1   is to recite the Shema “when you lie down and when you rise up.” Morning ShemaThe sages concluded that the time...

Can you give me a quick primer for the Shabbat morning services?

As with the weekday service, the Shabbat shacharit morning service is divided into four sections: preliminary readings, pesukei d'zimra – Songs of...