If a Jewish man does not understand Hebrew, is he required to pray while attending services?

Answer:

Yes. Somebody who does not understand Hebrew should pray in the language he speaks and understands. Prayer in a foreign language is a valid form of prayer. Over time, it is preferable to learn the Hebrew tongue, and to pray in the original Hebrew, which has a special virtue.

Sources: See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 101:4, and Mishnah Berurah.

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