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

Email this article to a friend

Returning from Battle

In this chapter we have examined a few of the main practices that help make Pesukei D’zimra more meaningful. However, there is one more chance to show our devotion that comes at the very end of this section.

“Talking between the conclusion of the blessing of Yishtabach and the start of the blessing of Yotzer is a transgression, and reason to return from battle in times of war” (Shulchan Aruch 54,3). Talking during Pesukei D’zimra is forbidden because it creates a break between the opening blessing of Baruch She’amar and the closing one of Yishtabach. After reciting Yishtabach one has already concluded Pesukei D’zimra, and one might assume that it would not be so grave to speak then. How can we understand the severity of the Shulchan Aruch’s warning?

On a simple level, zimra means songs, and refers to the Tehillim and verses that we say prior to the blessings of Shema. However, the word “zimra” also alludes to the pruning (of plants), and refers to the cutting away of all of the obstacles that stand in the way of our prayers reaching Hashem. Saying Pesukei D’zimra before Shemoneh Esrei prunes away these obstructions and allows our prayers to rise to the Heavens unimpeded. Speaking about mundane matters during or even after Pesukei D’zimra rearms these obstructive forces, and empowers them to block our prayers from reaching the Heavenly Throne. If we really want our prayers to be heard, there is only one way: Barring emergency situations, we should not speak of any unrelated matters until the end of the prayers (Mishna Berura 54,5).

The symbolic gestures and practices performed during Pesukei D'zimra help us connect to the special power of this section of prayer.


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON TERUMAH:

View Complete List

Workout
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

A Prior Commitment
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

An Offering We Can't Refuse
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

> A Place To Grow
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Keruv or Karov?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The Mishkan & The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5776

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Perfect Giver
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Making This World A Reflection Of The World To Come Part I
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

There’s No Place Like Home
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

ArtScroll

Terumah
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

There are No Shortcuts
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

Part God, Part Us
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

So Much Potential
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5764

Individually Upholding the Torah
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

It's the Thought That Counts
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Saving Face
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768



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