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

Email this article to a friend

National Honor

When we speak to Hashem in Shemoneh Esrei, we follow the pattern that applies when speaking to a human monarch. One initiates the conversation with praises of the king, followed by his requests. Before parting from the king, a person concludes with words of thanks (Brachos 34a).

In the course of the thirteen middle blessings of Shemoneh Esrei, a person may add personal requests. His requests should match up with the pertinent blessing. One should not make personal requests amidst the first three and last three blessings of Shemoneh Esrei, since they are dedicated to praising and thanking Hashem (Shulchan Aruch 112,1).

Some communities have the custom to say piyutim in the first blessings of Shemoneh Esrei (Rema, ibid.). However, since these piyutim contain national requests and are a deviation from the themes of the first three blessings, Sephardic communities do not recite them (Shulchan Aruch 112,2). Why do these requests differ from others?

The permissibility of piyutim containing national requests is analogous to the approach to human royalty. While it would be undignified for an individual to come before the king and immediately present personal requests, requests made on behalf of an entire nation are consistent with the monarch’s dignity. They are a sign of honor, because they demonstrate that this king is both powerful and sought after. Therefore, these piyutim are permitted in the first and last sections of our Shemoneh Esrei (Mishna Berura 112,2).


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON TAZRIA AND METZORAH:

View Complete List

Conception and Perception
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

The Key To Effective Prayers
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Footsteps of Mashiach
Shlomo Katz - 5762

> Surrounded by Mirrors
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Humanity in Speech
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Bringing the Baby to the Bris
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Community Opportunity
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Plants and Wheelchairs
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Covenant Throughout The Ages
- 5768

ArtScroll

Hashem - Who's That?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

Self-Help
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Open Your Eyes
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Thought Provoking
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

This Month - Something New
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

The Power of Speech
Shlomo Katz - 5774

The Covenant
Shlomo Katz - 5772



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