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

Email this article to a friend

Entering Prayer

The blessing after Shema leads us into Shemoneh Esrei. Mentioning the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt puts us in the proper frame of mind for this highest level of prayer. It reminds us that just as Hashem miraculously redeemed us from Egypt, so too He can answer our prayers and grant us everything that we ask for in the Shemoneh Esrei.

While the Shema and its blessings are said sitting down, Shemoneh Esrei must be said standing. When should a person get up? The words “Tehillos l’Eil Elyon …” (Praises to the Almighty …) hint to the fact that a person is about to begin Shemoneh Esrei, which starts off by praising Hashem. For this reason many have the custom to stand up before saying them (Maharil cited by Elia Rabba 66,9).

Before speaking to Hashem on Har Sinai, Moshe Rabbeinu passed through three separate barriers: darkness, clouds and fog. During prayer we try recreate Moshe Rabbeinu’s experience as much as possible in order to internalize the reality that we are also speaking directly to Hashem (Kitzur Shelah). Therefore, after a person stands up he should take three steps forward as if he were crossing these three thresholds (Rema 95,1).


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


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Enduring Lesson
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Avraham's Strange Reaction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

> Paradoxical Lot
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Obstacles and Opportunities
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

The Eternal Port of Entry
Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Lesson of Avraham
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Long Distance Call
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

The Grand Prize of History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Count Us If You Can
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

From Egypt to Israel
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

ArtScroll

Environmental Hazard
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Divine intervention in Our Wars Against Our Enemies
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

“The Place That I Will Show You!”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Jealousy or Love?
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760



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