Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Gazing at the Heavens

Before one starts to pray he should turn his eyes towards the windows (Mishnah Berurah 95,4). Looking towards the vast expanses of the universe and the blue of the sky will remind him “Who created all of this.” If during the course of his prayers his mind wanders, he should look again through the windows and try to regain his concentration (Mishnah Berurah 90,8).

In order to fulfill this directive the halachah stipulates that “There should be windows in the place where a person prays as the verse tells us, ‘The windows in his [Daniel’s] attic faced Yerushalayim’” (Berachos 34b according to Rashi). The practical halachah requires some windows in a beis kenesses to face Yerushalayim (Shulchan Aruch 90,4).

The Zohar writes, “A shul should have windows in order to enable the ascent of everyone’s tefillos. For this reason, it's impossible to pray properly in a shul which does not have windows … Just as the beis kenesses in the heavens has twelve windows, so too the beis hakenesses in this world should have twelve windows” (Zohar, Pekudei 251a). The Shulchan Aruch cites this Zohar as the halachah, and writes that a shul should have twelve windows (Shulchan Aruch 90,4).

Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



View Complete List

In the Bias of the Beholder
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Spreading the Fate
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

The Time of Our Happiness
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Bereishis Tidbits
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

In Light of Creation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Shaking Up Our Priorities
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Garden of Eden
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

Simchas Torah : My Son, The Stranger
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

The Children of Parents
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

> Beginnings
- 5768

A Fresh Start
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

This Rashi Is Not For the United Nations – It is For Us
- 5769


The Buck Stops Here
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

A Fresh Start
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

The Oldest Lesson in History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

The Light is Yours
Shlomo Katz - 5776

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