At the center of the Jewish daily prayers are the 19 blessings that make up the silent prayer, known in Hebrew as the Amidah (lit. “standing”) or Shemoneh Esrei . The centerpiece of the three daily weekday prayers, wherein we beseech Transliteration of the Weekday Amidah Psalms and Jewish Prayer for Healing. The Amidah also called the Shemoneh Esreh (שמנה עשרה ), is the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy.

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In the Sephardi tradition, it is not said at all. In the ninth blessing of the weekday Amidah, the words “may You grant dew and rain” are inserted un the winter season in the Land of Israel. By listening and answering “Amen” at the end of each blessing, these worshipers fulfilled their obligation of prayer.

The Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism has devised two forms for the Mussaf Amidah with varying degrees of difference from the Orthodox form. The prayer is recited standing with feet firmly together, and preferably while facing Jerusalem.

Jerusalem – Blessing Fourteen of the Amidah

There are hebreq variations in Ashkenazi customs as to how long one remains in this position. Do [this] for Thy name’s sake, do this for Thy right hand’s sake, do this for the sake of Thy holiness, do this for the sake of Thy Torah. Even if one happens to be present, and not praying, while the Kedushah is recited, one must stop what he is doing and join in.


And may the Mincha offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasing to God, as in ancient days and former years. It is forbidden to interrupt the Amidah even to greet an important person.

My God, keep my tongue and my lips from speaking deceit, and to them that curse me let my soul be silent, and like dust to all. After the Second Temple’s destruction in 70 CE, the Council of Jamnia determined that the Amidah would substitute for the sacrifices, directly applying Hosea ‘s dictate, “So we will render for bullocks the offering of our lips. That Thy beloved ones may rejoice, let Thy right hand bring on help [salvation] and answer me Praised are You, O Lord, who sanctifies the Sabbath.

Before one begins the Amidahit is customary to take three small steps forward as if one is approaching a king. On Shabbat and holidays they are replaced by a single blessing that relates to sanctification of the day. Simeon ben Yohai Ab.

Blessing of the Moon. Like the Amidah itself, it should be said while standing with one’s feet together. Hymn for Shabbat Day.

Prayer was not to be read as one would read a letter amidaj. Like the Shacharit and Mincha Amidah, it is recited both silently and repeated by the Reader. On regular weekdays, the Amidah is prayed three times, once each during the morning, afternoon, and evening services that are known respectively as ShacharitMinchahand Ma’ariv. On public fast daysspecial prayers for mercy are added to the Amidah.

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Donin, Rabbi Hayim Halevy. Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces. Interrupting the Amidah is forbidden.

Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. This chanting of the kohanim is called duchaningcoming from the Hebrew word duchanmeaning platform.

Jewish Prayers: The Amidah

During the eighth blessing, for healing, many siddurim prayer books include a prayer that asks God to heal a specific person and has a place to insert the name of anyone who is sick. Prayer for the Government.

During the final recitation of the Amidah on Yom Kippur the prayer is slightly modified to read “seal us” in the book of life, rather than “write us”. This is done to imitate the angels, whom Ezekiel perceived as having “one straight leg. In most of Israel and also in Sephardi congregations everywhere, the kohanim chant the blessing every day of the year during the shacharit Amidah in accordance with the practice in the Temple, and also during jn whenever it is said. Thou art good, for Thy mercies are endless: