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

Email this article to a friend

Bowing Down

“… and we bend down, bow, and give thanks before the King who reigns over kings” (ibid.). Pausing after the word thanks could imply a reference to the previous line, that we also bow down to vanity and emptiness. In order to emphasize the difference between our practice and that of others, one should pause between the words who does not save them and and we bend down (Rema 132,2).

Saying the words and we bend down in an upright position implies that one does not follow through with his words. In order to show that our actions are consistent with our stated beliefs, it is customary to bend over slightly while saying these words (Mishna Berura 132,9).

Need one bend his knees as well, as is the practice when saying Shemoneh Esrei? The word “korim” (“bend down”) implies bending one’s knees, while the word “umishtachavim” (“and bow”) implies bowing one’s body. Once again, in order to ensure that our actions are totally consistent with our words, some bend their knees slightly while bowing (Derech Hachaim 132,2).

The Arizal revealed the tremendous importance of Aleinu, considering it a vehicle to bring down the kedusha of tefilla. He expressed this with a “histachavayah gedola,” a particularly deep bow (Be'er Heitiv 132,4). On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, during the repetition of Shemoneh Esrei, we take this one step further and prostrate ourselves on the ground while reciting these words.


Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Send The Guinea Pig!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Beshegam Hu Moshe?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

Miracles Can Happen Slowly
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Flooded With Real Ecstasy
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

The Roots of Evil
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

The Meaning of Noach
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Rainbow Coalition
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

The Purpose of Creation Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

In a Heartbeat
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

> Hide the Shame
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

New Beginnings
Shlomo Katz - 5762

What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

ArtScroll

If it Hurts, Scream!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Choosing Sides
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Intellectual Beliefs
Shlomo Katz - 5758

The Shame Of Cham
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762



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