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daven

Yiddish, to pray. The origin of the word is believed to be from the Latin, divinus, meaning divine. Often Anglicized to davening, as in “She is davening at temple.”

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Amidah

The central section of prayers in every service. Also known as the T'filah (prayer) or the Sh'moneh Esreih (18), this compilation of prayers differs from service to service. The daily version inlcudes a number of petitionary prayers, which are not inlcuded on Shabbat.

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tefillin

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t'filin

"Phylacteries." Leather boxes and straps worn by religious Jews daily except on Shabbat, holidays, and fast days. "Laying tefillin" is the expression commonly used for putting them on.

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