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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:...

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...

Pray Like a Woman

Word on the street (or in the synagogue) is that traditional Judaism ascribes the central role of prayer to men, whereas women are left out (to say the...

Does a twelve year old girl have to pray?

For the technical-halachic answer, please see Is a woman obligated to pray thrice daily? I'd like, however, to share with you my non-technical thoughts on...

What is "V'ten Tal Umatar Livracha"?

“And bestow dew and rain for blessing” This formal request for rain is inserted in the 9th blessing of the daily Amidah during the months...

What is "Mashiv Haruach Umorid Hageshem"?

"He causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall" Before the start of the silent Musaf Amidah on Shmini Atzeret, the beadle bangs on a table and...