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[ah-mee-dah] /ɑˈmi dɑ/
noun, Judaism.
a liturgical prayer that is recited in standing position at each of the three daily services and consists of three opening blessings, three closing blessings, and one intermediate blessing on the Sabbath and holy days and 13 intermediate blessings on other days.
< Hebrew ʿămīdhāh a standing Unabridged
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/amiˈdaː; aˈmidə/
(Judaism) the central prayer in each of the daily services, recited silently and standing Also called Shemona Esrei
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in Judaism, the main section of morning, afternoon, and evening prayers, recited while standing up. On weekdays the amidah consists of 19 benedictions. These include 3 paragraphs of praise, 13 of petition, and another 3 of thanksgiving. Some call this section of the daily prayer by the ancient name, shemone 'esre (Hebrew: "eighteen"), although the 19th benediction was added around 100 CE.

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