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

Email this article to a friend

The Secret of Concentration

Tefillah is the service of the heart. Chazal understood that a person’s heart does not automatically serve Hashem. Rather, one needs to prepare his heart beforehand. How does one go about this?

Someone who prays must direct his heart to the heavens. Abba Shaul found an allusion to this halachah in the verse of Tehillim (10,17), “Prepare their hearts, Hashem, listen to their prayers” (Berachos 31a).

The Radak explains the above verse as follows: “Remove from their hearts worldly distractions, for their hearts are occupied with their poverty and distress. And You should help them to direct their hearts to You with the right intentions. Then You will listen to their prayers.”

The above words offer us insight into how to achieve effective concentration during tefillah. We begin our prayers with sincere intentions, but soon after we may find our minds wandering. In order for our hearts to be focused on praying, we need Hashem’s consent and assistance.

Before we enter the experience of prayer, we must first be on “good terms” with the Creator of the world. If our lives find favor in His eyes, then we stand a much better chance that He will aid us to concentrate on tefillah. Without His help and goodwill, we do not stand a chance.

Removing ourselves from transgression and physicality, Helps transport us into the world of prayer.


Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

The Best Credentials
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Smelling The Fragrance Of Hope
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

There to Share
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

> Can You Pass The Test?
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Going the Extra Mile
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Thanks for What?
Shlomo Katz - 5774

The Challenges Ahead
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

The Inns and Outs of Galus
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Hey, Looks Like Supper!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Shared Responsibility
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Perseverence
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

ArtScroll

True Riches
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Thanks a Lot!
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Caught Not Taught
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

To Achieve Your Goals and not Cause Jealousy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770



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