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The Pauper's Prayer

King David writes (Psalms 102:1), “A prayer of the poor man when he enwraps himself and pours out his words before the L-rd.” The holy Baal...

Staying Afloat in a Turbulent World

The harrowing tales of survivors of the tsunami in Southeast Asia were still fresh in our minds when yet another water related tragedy struck. Will we...

What is Pesukei D’zimra?

Pesukei d'zimra literally means verses of song (or praise). These are selected Scriptural passages that have been incorporated into the morning liturgy....

Where did the Jews pray after the Temple was destroyed?

To answer briefly: in their hearts, which is where we always prayed. In fact the Temple Service did not include prayer. Those who were offering sacrifices...

The potent power of Psalms, and the proper times to recite them.

Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...Manuel: hiRabbi Latowicz: hiManuel: Could you explain to me why it's such a good thing to...

How did the prayers come to include so many biblical passages?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Sasha: prayer Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok Sasha: More specifically - The...

Is it called "Amidah," or "Shmoneh Esrei"?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? reckless: Is the major prayer during Shabbat services called the...

When do I pray Musaf?

You may pray Musaf as soon as you have completed the Shacharit prayer. Preferably it should be recited before one hour* after midday**, however, it may be...

When do I pray Minchah?

The time for praying Minchah commences one half hour* after midday**. Minchah should be recited before sunset, but if one neglected to pray before sunset,...

When do I pray Shacharit?

One may pray Shacharit any time after dawn, but preferably, the Amidah shouldn't be recited until sunrise. However, all the preliminary prayers (the...