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What is "Halachic Time" or an "Halachic Hour"?

In Halachah, time is based on Sha'ot Zmaniyot, “proportional hours” that depend on the season. Halachic hours are not necessarily sixty...

What is the Source For Women and Men to Pray Separately?

Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? olive: Where does it say that women must pray seperately from men in...

Why do chassidim wear a gartel (black sash/belt) when praying?

Have you never heard of a “black belt” in Judo-ism? Ok, seriously, the prophet Amos said: “Prepare to meet your G-d, of Israel! ”1...

I just recovered from a serious illness, how can I thank G-d?

There’s a special blessing which the Sages instituted to give thanks to G-d after surviving a dangerous ordeal. This blessing is called...

What is the "Hagomel" (thanksgiving) Blessing?

The Hagomel blessing (blessing of thanksgiving) is a blessing that the Sages instituted to recite after one survives a dangerous circumstance. As a Jew,...

Is a woman obligated to pray thrice daily?

The Short Answer: Women have a general biblical obligation to pray but are not necessarily obligated in the three daily rabbinic...

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...

What's the appropriate posture and conduct for the Amidah prayer?

First and foremost is proper demeanor: “One should only stand to pray amid an attitude of reverence and humility.”1 The amidah is the one...

When is the proper time to recite the Shema?

The Biblical command1   is to recite the Shema “when you lie down and when you rise up.” Morning ShemaThe sages concluded that the time...