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

Email this article to a friend

In Front of the Ark

Tachanun marks a climax of prayer as we place ourselves in Hashem’s hands. In order to reach such an elevated level we need some sort of external reminder that we are actually throwing ourselves down before Hashem. How can we achieve this?

“Yehoshua tore his clothes, and fell to the ground on his face before the Ark of Hashem …” (Yehoshua 7,6). Throwing oneself down before the Ark which contained the Aseres Hadibros helped Yehoshua internalize that he was “before Hashem.” Based on Yehoshua’s actions, we only say Tachanun face-down in the presence of a Torah scroll (Rema 131,2).

In Jerusalem a person can sense Hashem’s closeness at all times. For this reason, some residents of Jerusalem have the custom to recite Tachanun face-down, even in a place where there is no sefer Torah (Sefer Eretz Yisrael l’Harav Tukatchinsky 1,9). Some explain that this only applies in the Old City, while in close proximity to the site of the Beis Hamikdash (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, as cited in Ishei Yisrael 25,39).


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Beshegam Hu Moshe?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

The Name of HASHEM
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

A Second Chance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

ArtScroll

Out of the Darkness
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Worlds Apart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5764

Can You Enjoy While Others Lack?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Noach's Lessons for Our Day
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Not Just Despite, but Because of!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

The Day Falsehood Married Destruction
Shlomo Katz - 5761

> Join the Voices in the Ark
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Make it a Habit
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Free Time
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Beyond Youth
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

A Place To Be
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

In a Heartbeat
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769



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