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When do Jews pray?


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April 10, 2018 6:54AM

Most Orthodox and some non-Orthodox Jews pray every day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. That is when synagogue services are held.

Other non-Orthodox Jews pray only on Friday night and Saturday morning.

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October 01, 2017 6:19PM

Synagogue services are held three times a day, every day of the year.Morning services may begin anytime between dawn and around 8 a.m., depending on the needs of the congregation. Some synagogues have more than one morning service for people with different schedule-needs. Weekday morning prayer lasts about 45 to 60 minutes.

Afternoon services and the evening service are often consecutive, beginning around 15-30 minutes before sunset. But some groups hold an early afternoon service, with around 1:00 p.m. being common. The afternoon and evening prayer last about 15-20 minutes each.
Sabbath morning service will commonly begin at 7:30 a.m. or later. This prayer is for about 2-3 hours.

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October 01, 2017 4:28PM

It depends on the level of observance and what kind of prayer you're talking about:

Private prayer (=either alone or in a group of less than 10)

  • Any Jews can do this kind of prayer any time, as little or as much as they want.
  • Private prayer is not regulated by Jewish law, as far as quantity or content is concerned
  • All branches of Judaism engage in private prayer, but not every Jewish person does.

Public prayer (=formal synagogue prayer, requires a group of at least 10)

  • Orthodox Jews pray 3 times a day. Jewish law requires this of Jewish men.
  • Non-Orthodox Jews usually only go to synagogue on either Friday nights and/or Saturday mornings. They may also go on certain holidays. Some non-Orthodox Jews follow the same laws as the Orthodox regarding public prayer and go every day or most days.
  • There are some that identify as Orthodox Jews who only go to the synagogue on the Sabbath and holidays, just like non-Orthodox Jews.

Note: a group of 10 Jews is required for public prayer, among virtually all branches of Judaism, This is called a "Minyan". In the Orthodox branch, only men are counted in the Minyan, since only men are obligated to engage in public prayer. Non-Orthodox branches count women as well. Only the Reform movement counts patrilineal Jews (Jews who have a Jewish father but a non-Jewish mother.)

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February 07, 2013 8:09PM

Three times every day; morning, afternoon and evening.