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Why do people wash their hands before prayer?

“Prepare yourself to meet your God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). “I wash my hands in purity, and circle around Your altar, O Lord. To...

What is the reason for the Mechitzah in the synagogue?

Two Jews three opinions. Here are three reasons why Jewish law mandates two sections in the synagogue1. Attraction is Distraction More than gravity pulls...

What is the Kabbalistic significance of the "Plag Haminchah"?

The Human Temple: The Temple contained two altars: the Copper Altar, situated in the Temple courtyard, and the Golden Altar, located in 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...

What is Plag Haminchah?

In the summer months, many synagogues elect to pray the Maariv prayer before nightfall. Similarly, these communities usher in the Shabbat on Friday...

On which days of the year is Tachanun omitted from the prayers?

Tachanun is omitted from the prayers on Shabbat, all the major holidays and festivals (including Chol Hamoed), Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and Purim. The...

Why we sometimes substitute “Hashem" and/or "Elokeinu” for the name of G-d

Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to askmoses. How can I be of help today?j: Why do we substitute “Hashem Elokeinu” for the name of G-d when we are...

Why do we recite the Ashrei three times a day?

The Talmud1 states that Ashrei is the primary chapter of Pesukei DeZimrah (this section of the prayer), because the initials of its verses follow the order...