One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prayer consisting of a varying number of blessings recited while the worshippers stand.
- ‘We recited the familiar prayers, like the Shema and the Amidah in their original Hebrew.’
- ‘If you need a structure, it can follow the Amidah: First acknowledge God's existence and that you are talking to Him.’
- ‘I began the Amidah - the focal recitation of the day - and invoked the names of the Patriarchs, but something was missing.’
- ‘The prayer at the center of every Jewish service, the Amidah, is nothing but blessings, nineteen of them.’
- ‘With this background, we proceed to the Amidah, where we pray for God to give us our needs, so that we may be able to fulfill His will.’
Late 19th century: Hebrew, literally ‘standing’.
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