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Why is the Amidah read silently?

The role model of silent prayer was Chanah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, who prayed silently and effectively.1 What is so special about silent...

At what point during the prayers can I insert a private prayer?

The first and last three blessings of the Amidah offer praise and thanksgiving to G-d. The middle thirteen, are devoted to all our requests. The following...

Why do we lift our heels when saying "Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh" in the Kedusha?

When reciting the Kedusha, we are actually mimicking the heavenly angels who recite these words every day when they praise G-d.Because when doing so, they...

Why am I not supposed to look at the Kohanim during the Priestly Blessings?

There are two reasons why one is not supposed to look at the Kohanim while they are duchening:(1) One is not supposed to look at anything during duchening....

Why is number ten significant -- Commandments, men in a minyan, etc.?

The number ten symbolizes perfection. The world was created with ten utterances (Avos 5:1), this is because the Torah, which is the blue print which G-d...

Should I pray in Hebrew, even if I don't understand the language?

If you feel more comfortable praying in your vernacular--go right ahead. If you wish to pray in Hebrew, you may do so provided that you understand the...

Until what time of the day can one pray the Shacharit prayers?

Best to pray before the first third of the day is up. If you didn't, then try to make it before one half of the day is up. You calculate one third or...

What should I do if I missed one of the daily prayers?

You can still pray until midday. If you miss midday, then pray the next prayer [Minchah, the afternoon prayer] twice--just the shmoneh esrai [the...

Why do we beat our chests when saying the confession prayers?

It’s as if we’re saying to the heart (the home of desire): “You caused me to mess up.”Source: Mateh Efraim #607.(An old Chassid...

If an ill person is unable to talk, how does he pray?

I am sorry to hear that. What one should do in that situation—hopefully this will be only theoretical from here on—is think the prayer or...