Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Power of Pausing

Twenty-Minute Pauses

Everyone agreed that Shimon was extraordinary. His unique personality might not have been readily discernable from the outside; however, after speaking to him, you would agree that Shimon was not like everyone else.

Shimon was extremely careful about whatever he said. In fact, he'd spend twenty minutes formulating what he was going to say. Needless to say, Shimon did not get into long conversations, and he did not have any arguments with his wife.

While Shimon did not say a lot, it was blatantly clear that every sentence he uttered was appropriate and free of speech transgressions. That was because everything he said had been thought out thoroughly.

One of our biggest problems in regard to tefillah is that when we start Shemoneh Esrei our thinking mechanism tends to shut down. We go into automatic pilot, and the tefillah just flows out of our mouth. At times we might even forget that we are praying.

Chazal provided us with the antidote to this dilemma some moments of pause. Although we are certainly not obligated to wait twenty minutes between each berachah, waiting before, during and after tefillah can assist us in instilling thought into our prayers. Once our hearts and minds are focused on tefillah, our words have the ability to ascend to the highest pinnacles of creation.


Text Copyright 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Tightening the Hellenistic Screws: A History of Chanukah, Part I
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5774

It's Good For You
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

When You've Got It, Don't Flaunt It
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

> Shared Responsibility
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Hashem Must Play The Role of Our First Love, Not Our Second Fiddle
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Stairway to Heaven
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Smelling The Fragrance Of Hope
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

Every Little Bit Counts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

The Triumph of Quality Over Quantity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Looking for a Chavrusah?

You've Got To Have Heart
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Body and Soul
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Never Give Up!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

ArtScroll

Designated Eater
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

To Fergin or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Out, Up, and On His Way
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Just Five More Minutes of Sleep!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information