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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:...

What happens if you live in the Far North, and the sun does not rise or set for weeks at a time?

Question: How can you know when to pray or when Shabbat starts/ends if you live near the North Pole and the sun may not shine (or not stop shining) for...

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...

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 is a Minyan?

The word Minyan (pronounced MIN-yin) actually means "count" or "number." In the context of Jewish observance it refers to the...

May I say Kaddish even if I am not part of a minyan?

Question: If there is not enough men for a minyan, I can't say Kaddish. Does this mean the G-d won't listen to my Kaddish if I say it without a...

Why dress modestly when praying alone at home?

Question: If I am home alone, why do I have to be dressed modestly in order to pray? Answer: If prayer only involved G-d, nudity wouldn't matter....

Why do we bow left, right, forward after the Amidah?

Question: Why do we bow left, right, forward at the conclusion of the Amidah? Rivkie Answer: At the end of the Amidah, as we depart from the presence of...

What is the purpose of reciting Kaddish for a departed family member?

Although the kaddish itself, a prayer glorifying G-d's name, makes no mention of death or mourning, it has become the accepted practice for...