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Why do we take three steps back when we say "Oseh Shalom..." to conclude the kaddish?

Rabbi Gurary: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Debra: Why do we step back and turn our body to both sides when we say Oseh Shalom during the...

What is the origin of the prayer for the welfare of the government?

The “prayer for the welfare of the government” (in Hebrew, "t'filla b'shlomah shel malchut") is found in some siddurim after...

Does synagogue prayer include music and singing?

The short answer is yes. But it’s not so simple. (Is anything in Judaism?) Let’s take a deeper look at the answer. “There are nigunim...

What do I do if I need to use the restroom while praying?

It is important to pray to G-d with a clean body. Thus one is supposed to use the restroom before praying. In fact, it is forbidden to start praying if...

When do I pray Maariv?

Maariv, the evening prayer, is prayed at night. There is a discussion in the Talmud as to when night begins. The accepted opinion is tzeit...

Is it alright to pray for another person's death?

No it isn't.  I'm not sure why you would want to but here is something from the Talmud:   The Talmud relates a remarkable...

What is the mystical significance of the Priestly Blessing?

The Ambiguous Verdict On Rosh Hashanah we are judged and on Yom Kippur the verdict is sealed. The Heavenly Court determines the amount of Divine...

Why does the chazzan repeat the amidah?

The recitation of the amidah was enacted by the Anshei Knesset Hagdolah (Men of the Great Assembly), close to 2500 years ago. At that time, books were...

A step-by-step guide to the Priestly Blessing.

• The chazzan beginning the 'retzay' blessing is the cue for the Kohanim to rise and make their way to the front of the sanctuary (all hands...

What does the congregation do during the Priestly Blessing?

• It is customary for the congregation to stand for the duration of the Birchat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing), out of respect for the Divine Presence...