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Me, myself and You

Who are You? Yes, yes, I know You are omnipotent and omnipresent. But that doesn’t help me. That doesn’t answer my question. In our...

Is there a prayer I can say to assist me in my battle against my Yetzer Hara?

The Talmud says that if the Yetzer Hara is bothering you, take him to the study-hall. In other words, learn some Torah. The best way to get rid of the...

Why is it necessary to pray three times a day?

Prayer in its essential form is about pouring your heart out to G-d whenever there is a desire/need. However, our Patriarchs highlighted three times of...

What is the proper pronunciation for the tetragrammaton (Y-H-V-H)?

The correct pronunciation of the tetragrammaton is unknown. It is only permitted to utter that name in the Holy Temple; since we do not have a Holy Temple...

What is Grace after Meals?

A. Hey, just ate something? Feelin’ good? Go ahead—say “Thank you!” to G-d for lubricating the ecosystem that got that stuff on...

What is Minchah?

A. Minchah is the daily afternoon tefillah, the second of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Minchah stems from the word menuchah - rest, signifying...

What is a chazzan?

A. A chazzan (pronounced KHAH-zahn) is a cantor, the Jewish religious official of a shul who conducts the liturgical or musical part of the service and...

What is Maariv?

A. Maariv (pronounced MA-riv) is the daily night tefillah, the last of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Maariv is derived from the word...

In the confession, why do we say “but we and our FATHERS have sinned?”

The Chassidic master, Reb Elimelech of Lizensk, explained that you don’t want to incriminate yourself entirely in front of the prosecuting angel. So...

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...