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The silent prayer called the Amidah, also known as the “Shemoneh Esrei” (eighteen blessings), is the climax and highest rung on the ladder of prayer. Discover the significance and broader context of the Amidah, and why it contains 18 blessings.

The Amidah Prayer

The Amidah Prayer

Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 41

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The Amidah Prayer: Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 41

The silent prayer called the Amidah, also known as the “Shemoneh Esrei” (eighteen blessings), is the climax and highest rung on the ladder of prayer. Discover the significance and broader context of the Amidah, and why it contains 18 blessings.
Siddur: Hashem Sefatay Tiftach
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Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan is the Director of Lubavitch of Maryland. He is a board member of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.
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Gary Europe November 11, 2015

18 or 19 No need to explain why 18 remains in the title. After all there's 12 teams in the Big Ten, right? Reply

Rolando Bartolome va October 25, 2015

Torah life, righteous life, with prayer as backbone--interesting. Praying as a servant before a master, a subject before a king demands bitul. Thank you. Reply

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