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



View Complete List

In Light of Creation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

The Auction of The Year!
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

A Fresh Start
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Torah Vs. TV
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

To Rule is Divine
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

Deadline: The Year 6000
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760


This Time
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Genesis and Life
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Jewish Citizenship
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Opposites Attract
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Deja Vu All Over Again . . . Then Shabbat
Shlomo Katz - 5775

Shabbos Bereishis -- Bridge
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5767

> Creation: A Veil for the Reality of God
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Rabbi Label Lam - 5776

Pursuit Of Peace
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

…In His Sukkah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information