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Why do we take three steps back when we say "Oseh Shalom..." to conclude the kaddish?

Rabbi Gurary: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Debra: Why do we step back and turn our body to both sides when we say Oseh Shalom during the...

What is the origin of the prayer for the welfare of the government?

The “prayer for the welfare of the government” (in Hebrew, "t'filla b'shlomah shel malchut") is found in some siddurim after...

What do I do if I need to use the restroom while praying?

It is important to pray to G-d with a clean body. Thus one is supposed to use the restroom before praying. In fact, it is forbidden to start praying if...

Why does the chazzan repeat the amidah?

The recitation of the amidah was enacted by the Anshei Knesset Hagdolah (Men of the Great Assembly), close to 2500 years ago. At that time, books were...

Why is a sick individual’s mother’s name always mentioned in prayer?

When praying for a person who is ill, his or her Hebrew name is mentioned along with his/her mother’s name. For example, “Avraham ben (the son...

When do the Kohanim administer the Priestly Blessing?

• In Jerusalem, the Birchat Kohanim rite is performed every morning. On days when the Musaf service is recited, the Birchat Kohanim is performed...

Is it okay to bring a prayer booklet into a restroom if it's in a jacket pocket?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? love2pray: I carry this booklet in my jacket pocket which...

How does one pray in a public area?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... Ezra: how does one daven in public, say minchah, when...

Which prayers are most important to be recited in Hebrew?

Question: I am fairly new to praying in Hebrew but I have been trying to pray shacharit every day. Unfortunately, my Hebrew is still pretty fundamental...

If I am east of Jerusalem, do I face west when praying?

We always pray the amidah facing Jerusalem, as it says,1 “And they shall… pray to You toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, the...