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What is Jewish prayer?
A. The Hebrew word for prayer is Tefillah (pronounced teh-FEE-lah), which also means "connection." You connect to G-d by talking to Him--what is...

What is a shul?
A. A shul (pronounced SHOOL) is a synagogue. The word “shul” comes from the same root word for school: the Old German schule, or place of...

If I'm sinning, how can I pray to G-d?
Each morning, when we wake up, we say in our prayers, "My G-d, the soul You gave me is pure." No matter what you do with your life, your soul remains...

How do I eliminate strange thoughts during prayer?
First, look inside the prayer book while praying. Our Sages tell us that seeing the words on the page, as well as saying them out loud, awaken...

What is Shacharit?
A. Shacharit is the daily morning Tefillah. The word Shacharit comes from the Hebrew word Shachar, or morning,  commemorating the Tamid...

What is Musaf?
A. Musaf means “added” or “addition” in Hebrew, denoting the extra tefillah added to the Shabbat and holiday services. B....

What is Shema?
A. Shema is the central and absolutely most critical prayer is Judaism. It sums up the essence of Jewish faith in its power-packed opening verse: Shema...

What is the Priestly Blessing?
A. The traditional three-class division of the Jewish population—Kohanim, Levi’im and Yisraelim—is one of the few remnants of Temple-era...

What is Grace after Meals?
A. Hey, just ate something? Feelin’ good? Go ahead—say “Thank you!” to G-d for lubricating the ecosystem that got that stuff on...

What is Minchah?
A. Minchah is the daily afternoon tefillah, the second of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Minchah stems from the word menuchah - rest, signifying...

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