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.’
- ‘I began the Amidah - the focal recitation of the day - and invoked the names of the Patriarchs, but something was missing.’
- ‘If you need a structure, it can follow the Amidah: First acknowledge God's existence and that you are talking to Him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The prayer at the center of every Jewish service, the Amidah, is nothing but blessings, nineteen of them.’
Late 19th century: Hebrew, literally ‘standing’.
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