Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The "Aneinu" Prayer of Fast Days


Yesterday we mentioned that Sunday, July 20th, is scheduled to be the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz.

One who is fasting inserts a special prayer, called "Aneinu (Answer us)," in the Amidah of the Minchah (afternoon) service. This prayer asks Gd to respond to our prayers in light of our repentance and our observance of the fast.

One who forgets to insert that paragraph may insert it at the end of the Amidah, before taking the closing three steps backward. One who concludes the Amidah without saying it does not repeat the Amidah.

This prayer is also included in the Minchah (afternoon) service by people who take on voluntary private fasts. Interestingly, one still uses the plural edition of "Answer us on the day of our fasts," even if it is a private fast; we always include ourselves with the community.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 565:1-3; Mishneh Berurah 565:4-5)

Have a good day,

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