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Amidah - When Recited, Prayers in the weekday Amidah, Changes to the Amidah, Linguistic sources

(Heb ‘standing’) The principal component of the daily prayers of Talmudic Judaism, recited while standing, and said silently except when in a congregational service. It consists of 19 (originally 18) benedictions, firstly in praise of God, secondly asking for his help (petitions), and closing with thanksgiving. An altered form of the prayer is also recited on sabbaths and festivals.

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