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The Holy Shelah prayer is one of the most important prayers in the Orthodox Jewish religion. It is a prayer to God for protection, healing and salvation. During this prayer, the faithful bow and raise their hands to bless their Lord. It is also said while standing or sitting.
Amidah, also known as Tefilla, is a prayer recited three times a day by Orthodox Jews. It is one of the most important prayers in the Jewish liturgy. It consists of nineteen blessings. However, some communities abbreviate it, saying only the first three blessings out loud. The last two blessings are silently said.
Amidah is recited in Shacharit, Ma’ariv, and Yom Kippur. Each of these prayers is recited in a different manner. For instance, Shemoneh Esrei is not recited during the evening Amidah. It is recited by a minyan, or a group of Jews, but is not recited by a chazzan.
Shemoneh Esrei is usually the first prayer recited by the congregation. The first few blessings are silently prayed by the congregation, but a chazzan then repeats the entire prayer aloud. After the first two blessings are recited, the chazzan then begins to recite the remaining blessings. During the chazzan’s repetition, the congregation responds with “Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo” when the chazzan invokes the name of God.
The Shemoneh Esrei is recited with the feet facing Jerusalem. Traditionally, it is not recited in the evening. The prayer is recited in a standing position, but most Sephardim do not bend their knees.
The typical weekday Amidah consists of nineteen blessings. The fourth blessing, Binah, is a prayer of gratitude to G-d for separating the holy from the mundane. On Shabbat, the fourth blessing is expanded. It is also recited on Festival Amidah.
Besides its role in the daily prayer, Amidah is a central element of the public service. During the era of the Temple, it was recited in public on the High Holidays. The prayer is also recited at the beginning and end of the day. In addition, it is recited at the start of the Minchah service.
During the dry half of the year, most versions of the liturgy insert the phrase “mvryd hTl” during the Amidah. The phrase is normally said to recognize the rain in the winter. During the summer, the phrase is usually said to recognize the dew. In addition, the phrase is often added to the blessing of the Avodah.
Halakhah requires that the first blessing of the Amidah be said with intention
The Amidah prayer is a ritual that represents the movement of a person into the majestic presence of God. The laws of the Amidah are designed to focus attention on prayer and not distract from it.
The traditional posture of the Amidah is standing upright with feet together. This is a posture which demonstrates reverence for the divine and is also appropriate for appearing before a sovereign.
The shockle is a gesture which expresses the excitement and trepidation of the prayer. When the shockle occurs, the whole body is involved in the prayer.
The Amidah has three steps which a person must take before the first blessing is said. However, it is possible to take more than three steps. Ideally, three short steps are taken before the Amidah. This is done to demonstrate the need to get closer to Hashem.
Another example of a ritual that demonstrates respect is to interlock the hands. The Kavanot of the Ari explains this. In addition, the hand positions of kings are considered proper.
The Amidah is also a time when the mouth is commanded to be covered. When a person yawns while praying, the mouth should be covered with the hand. This helps to keep the mouth clean.
In addition to the Amidah, the Elokai netzor is a time when the chazan is allowed to respond to Kedushah. If a person is ill, he or she may recite the Amidah while lying down. It is recommended that the person mention the name of the sick person.
Taking three short steps before reciting the Amidah is one of the many nuances of the Amidah. Those reciting the Amidah in another language, or those reciting the Amidah in a different position, may not violate any of the halakha rules.
The first blessing of the Amidah must be said with intention. However, this is not as hard as it sounds. The most important thing is that it be said correctly. It is not necessary to recite the first blessing with perfection, but it must be said with the right intentions.
Bowing at blessings
In the Orthodox Jewish prayer service, there are several places to bow. One place is when reciting the blessing “Borchu.” Another is at the beginning of the Shmoneh Esrei (113:8), the Priestly Blessing. In both of these cases, the word Borchu is said, and the person bows slightly.
The first blessing in the prayer, which comes before the more formal and lengthy version of the prayer, is called Kedusha. It praises the holiness of God. This is followed by the signature: Blessed are You, O Lord. It also includes a description of the powers of the Divine. The prayer is then concluded with a shorter version, which is said by individuals, and a longer version, which is recited by the congregation.
The second blessing of praise, known as Gevurah, is the longest of the three. It is a more formal prayer, expressing the belief that the world will be resurrected. Its signature is a short phrase, stating “Holy are you, O God,” and it refers to the power of resurrection.
The third blessing, which is not a prayer, is a formula that first appears in the Talmud around 200 C.E. It is recorded in different tractates of the Talmud.
The Gemara, a collection of aphorisms, refers to the bowing of a reed, but the Hebrew word for “bow” is related to the word “knee.” A bowing of the knees is a gesture of subservience to God. It is also a symbol of the sanctity of God.
The quip mentioned above was an analogous one-liner that circulated in Zoroastrian circles. It was not included in the 19th century European liberal prayer books.
The blessings of the morning were originally meant to be said as actions were performed. However, as Jewish sensibilities merged with Christian ones, the three blessings became problematic. The individual version of the prayer states “Holy are you, O Lord,” while the longer version states “Holy are those who praise you.” These are the most famous and the most important, but they are not necessarily the only ones.
The Jewish formula for the blessing of the rain is unrelated to the dawn blessings. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the rain is considered a manifestation of God’s power.
Saying it while standing or sitting
If you are Jewish, then you are obligated to say the Shema prayer at least twice a day. It is a reaffirmation of the basic tenets of Judaism.
The Shema prayer may be said standing or sitting. According to Orthodox Judaism, congregants normally sit for the Shema. However, some Reform congregations stand for the Shema.
Before the Amidah, Ashkenazim stand three steps back before reciting the Amidah. Sephardim do not step back or forward before reciting the Amidah. Similarly, those in Conservative and Reform congregations abbreviate the public recitation of the Amidah, depending on custom.
For the fifth Amidah, some Orthodox communities stand. Some Reform communities have a standing Amidah, and some Conservative communities remain seated. While it is possible to stand and recite the Shema during the Amidah, the Shema should be said louder than the Amidah.
Aside from standing and reciting the Shema, some women also pray the Shemoneh Esrei in a sitting position. The reason is that many women must work and do not have time to stand and pray. If you are a woman who must travel to work, you should pray the Shemoneh Esrei while in a sitting position. This can be a difficult decision to make, and you should always follow the custom of your community.
While you do not need to be a member of an Orthodox congregation to recite the Shema, it is important to know how to do so properly. It is important to remember that the Shema prayer is a declaration of faith in one God. Therefore, a Jew who does not recite the Shema is not truly a believer in G-d.
When you are praying the Shema, you should recite the prayer with your hands firmly clasped together. Some people hold their palms open. Other Jews who wear a tallit drape their tallit over their heads when saying the Amidah.
The first line of the Amidah is typically said aloud to help others memorize the prayer. It is important to repeat the first blessing with intention. It is not necessary to repeat the second and third blessings with intention.