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 KI SISA AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Hey! You Never Know!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Sneak Preview of Messianic Times
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

A Cause To Be Effective
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

ArtScroll

Forged With Love
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Esther's Lesson in Nature
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

A Stiff Necked-Nation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Triple Purim?
- 5768

Masked Emotions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

The Hamantash - Food for Thought
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> The Wanderer
Shlomo Katz - 5769

The Holiness of Shabbat
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Tipping the Scales
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Game is Over
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

When Things Look Bleak
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

From Rags to Riches
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

What A Choice . . .
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764



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