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I feel lost during Synagogue prayers! Would you give me advice to learn what to do?

Question: I just started going to synagogue services again and I am totally lost with the prayers and songs. It makes me feel so uncomfortable in what...

Why do we say the words "Baruch Shem kevod malchuto le'olam va'ed" ("Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever") quietly after the Shema prayer?

Question: Hi, I wanted to know why we say 'Baruch Shem Kevod" quietly as opposed to the rest of the Shema prayer. Thanks, David M.   Answer:...

What happens if you live in the Far North, and the sun does not rise or set for weeks at a time?

Question: How can you know when to pray or when Shabbat starts/ends if you live near the North Pole and the sun may not shine (or not stop shining) for...

Why do we give tzedakah (charity) before praying?

Question: I see many people giving coins to tzedakah before praying. What is the reason for this? Thank you, Dovid Answer: Giving charity before prayer is...

What is Modeh Ani?

“Modeh Ani” is a short prayer of thanksgiving in which we thank G-d for returning our souls to us in the morning. It is recited as...

Is praying at a gravesite like idolatry?

Rabbi Yosef L: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind GraveMatter: Why do we pray at a Tzadeks gravesite, or at Rachels...

What do we pray for in the Amidah?

The Amidah (pronounced ah-MEE-dah) is the central, critical section of Shacharit, Musaf, Minchah and Ma'ariv prayers, around which the other sections were...

What is a Minyan?

The word Minyan (pronounced MIN-yin) actually means "count" or "number." In the context of Jewish observance it refers to the...

May I say Kaddish even if I am not part of a minyan?

Question: If there is not enough men for a minyan, I can't say Kaddish. Does this mean the G-d won't listen to my Kaddish if I say it without a...

How is the Priestly Blessing administered?

1. Yer Basic Priestly Blessing During the cantor's Repetition of the Amidah, the kohen or kohanim remove their shoes. The shoe removal...