Torah Logic Essentials

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Common Prayer Words

Fifty of the most frequent Hebrew words that appear in the siddur. By MJL Staff Understanding traditional Jewish prayers may seem impossible if you don’t speak Hebrew. But knowing some key words can help you follow along and get the basic meaning of much of the liturgy. The following 50 words are some of the…

Taking Three Steps Back Before Praying

The Roke’ach (quoted by the Rama in his notation on Chapter 95) writes that before beginning to recite the Amida prayer, one should take three steps back, then take three steps forward (to one’s original place), and then stand there and begin praying silently. The reason for this is because this resembles an endearment and…

The Baladi-rite Amidah

The Baladi-rite Amidah English Translation Original Hebrew Lord, open Thou my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָתֶךָ Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God and God of our fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, mighty, revered and exalted God. Thou bestowest favour…

Mashiv Ha’Ruach

The Laws of Mentioning “Mashiv Ha’Ruach” We Begin Reciting “Mashiv Ha’Ruach” “Mashiv Ha’Ruach U’Morid Ha’Geshem” is a praise we recite to Hashem during the winter months within the “Mechayeh Ha’Metim” blessing of the Amidah as is printed in all Siddurim. We begin reciting “Mashiv Ha’Ruach U’Morid Ha’Geshem” in the Mussaf prayer of Simchat Torah (outside…

Requests in the Amida Prayer

Inserting Personal Requests in the Amida Prayer on a Constant Basis Question: You have written in the Halacha Yomit that one may insert personal requests into the blessings of the Amida. Is this permitted even on a constant basis, i.e. adding personal requests in one’s Amida prayer every day? Answer: Indeed, it is permissible to…