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Zman Krias Shema for Children

Question: In UK, most schools daven shacharis throughout summer months after Sof Zman Hence, a question regardim siman 70 Do we pasken like RT or Rashi? I have personally never herad of boys reciting Shma before coming to school. What is peshat in the universally accepted minhag? (And may be one can ask - why are there no machmirim?) Additionally, regarding the berochos, why is there no concern of assi lemi ...

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Humming During Birkat Kohanim

Humming During Birkat Kohanim Question: Shalom Ha'Rav, I would like to understand why the humming of the kohanim during birkat kohanim is not considered an interruption of the blessing. I understand the purpose is to allow the congregation to say the prayer regarding dreams but the humming usually goes on much longer than the actual blessing. If it is an interruption should I still answer amen at the conclu ...

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Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish

Chazan Mistakenly Started Kaddish Question: Hello What is the din if the Chazan erroneously assumes tachanun is omitted and starts saying Kaddish when in reality tachanun is to be said. If he started - does one interrupt a started Kaddish? Is there a point in which one does not interrupt it anymore but he continues and finishes Kaddish If yes, is one `mashlim` tachanun later or is tachanun lost? And if one ...

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Tefillah on Shabbos

Question: Why do we say Elokai Nitzor at the end of all Shabbos tefillos if we are not allowed to ask for personal bakashos on shabbos and elokai is a tefillah for personal requests? Answer: This question was asked by the Or Zarua [one of the Rishonim]. In his sefer Or Zarua Vol. 2 Siman 89, in the halachos of Motzai Shabbos he explains that this is permitted because it is a regular part of the davening, so ...

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Kriyas Shema and Tefilla

Question: 1. The MB in siman 67 sk 3 paskens that besides the obligation to recite Shma there is also a chiyuv to remember Yetzias Mitzrayim which applies specifically after Nacht. How do people, who daven Mincha followed immediately by Mariv (as was the minhag in countless kehilos throughout Europe for centuries) fulfill this obligation? (It is evident from the MB that one does NOT fulfill this obligation ...

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Tefilla Betzibbur

Question: Tefillah beZibbur in an ezras noshim Is tefilah in an ezras noshim considered tefillah bezibbur? It would appear from the MB siman 55 sk 58 quoting a Radbaz that it does not. (I am not referring to the Shayle if its miztareph to the minyan, as Shevet Halevy chelek 9). What is the rov`s opinion is this?   Many thanks! Answer: The Mishna Brura is speaking when one is enclosed in a separate room ...

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Excercising before davening

Question: Is it mutar for a person to exercise before davening if the purpose of the workout is for mental reasons (less stress, get himself awake, full healthy, etc.)? Answer: Yes, if it gets him into a better state of mind and body, this is considered for the sake of davening and is permitted. מקורות וביאורים בסימן פט סעיף ד מבואר דכל שצריך לאכול ולשתות לפני תפילה מחמת רפואה או שאי אפשר להתפלל עם כוונה אל ...

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Baruch Hu u’Varuch Sh’moi

Question: If the shliach tzibbur for Birchos Hashchar recites the berachos quickly, such that he leaves no or little space in which to respond the four words Baruch Hu u'Varuch Sh'moi, is it better to a) say them fast in a garbled fashion ("b'ch'shmoi") b) say them while the shat"tz is saying the words that follow so that you miss most of the words of the beracha c) skip Baruch Hu u'Varuch Sh'moi altogether ...

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Tefilla for Government

Question: Kvod HoRav Shlite, It is clear from different psukim, from the mishna in oves, from gemores, from rishonim and acharonim amongst them gedole haposkim (chatam sofer, aruch hashulchan...) that a tfille for the prayer for the welfare of the government is to be said. Why do not we follow we this old tradition nowadays? Would it be proper to reintroduce it? Answer: While it is certainly fitting to pray ...

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Davening Vatikin vs Nesiat Kapayim

Question: לכבוד הרבנים שליט׳א A Kohen who is Sephardi/Edut mizrach lives in an area (in chutz laaretz) where there is only an Ashkenazi/Sefard Vatikin minyan and based on their minhag the Kohanim do not recite nesiat kapayim. However, there are plenty of local minyanim which daven later but the Kohen has the opportunity to recite nesiat kapayim which according to many rishonim is a mitzvat aseh min haTorah. ...

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