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The Amidah 13 BLESSINGS

The Amidah (Hebrew: תפילת העמידה, Tefilat HaAmidah, “The Standing Prayer”), also called the Shemoneh Esreh ( שמנה עשרה), is the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy. This prayer, among others, is found in the siddur, the traditional Jewish prayer book. The Amidah prayer is the place for this receiving, for the meeting of our human yearnings and God’s life-giving […]

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Common Prayer Words

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 […]

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Roke’ach

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 […]