Chapter: Chapter 17: The Prayers after the Amida

01. Women are Exempt from All Prayers That Follow the Amida

Women are exempt from all the passages that men customarily recite after the Amida: Taĥanun, Ashrei, La-menatze’aĥ, Kedusha De-sidra (U-va Le-Tziyon), Shir shel Yom (The Psalm of the Day), Pitum Ha-ketoret (the mixture of the incense), and Aleinu. This is … Continue reading

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02. Nefilat Apayim

After the conclusion of the Shaĥarit Amida, it is customary for men to “fall on their faces” and plead before God. By doing so, they fulfill the mitzva of prayer in all three of its positions – Birkhot Keri’at Shema … Continue reading

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03. Reciting Taĥanun Today

At first, it was customary to perform Nefilat Apayim by prostrating or by bowing down. Prostration (“hishtaĥavaya”) is when the person praying lies face down, completely horizontal to the ground, with his arms and legs extended. Bowing (“kida”) is when … Continue reading

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04. How to Perform Nefilat Apayim (for those who practice it)

As mentioned, according to Ashkenazic custom and that of some Sephardim, Nefilat Apayim is performed while sitting by lowering one’s head and leaning it on his forearm while slightly inclining the face to the right, so that one does not … Continue reading

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05. The Taĥanun Passages

A woman who wishes to recite Taĥanun should not make an interruption by talking between Shemoneh Esrei and Taĥanun, because these prayers are more favorably accepted when connected to Shemoneh Esrei (SA 131:1; MB 1). The Sephardic custom is to … Continue reading

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06. Ashrei, La-menatze’ach, and U-va Le-Tziyon

After Taĥanun, and on Mondays and Thursdays following the Torah reading, men regularly recite three prayers. The first is Ashrei (Tehilla Le-David). Although this prayer was already recited in Pesukei De-zimra, it is repeated because of its considerable significance (Peninei … Continue reading

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07. Shir shel Yom, Pitum Ha-ketoret, and Aleinu Le-shabe’aĥ

Shaĥarit was instituted to correspond to the morning Tamid offering, and after the offering of the Tamid sacrifice in the Temple, the Levites would recite the Shir shel Yom (Psalm of the Day). It therefore became customary to recite the … Continue reading

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