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

Email this article to a friend

An Hour or Less

Generally, when Chazal referred to an hour, they meant an unspecified amount of time. Regarding the practice of waiting an hour before tefillah, one hour refers to an actual hour. Are we in fact obligated to spend an hour preparing for prayer?

The Shulchan Aruch rules that one should spend a full hour beforehand preparing for prayer (93,1). As stated in the previous section, one can include Berachos, Korbanos, Pesukei Dízimra, Krias Shema and the berachos before and after Krias Shema as well. If a person prays in a slow minyan, these tefillos alone can fill a good part of an hour (Pri Megadim, Eshel Avraham 93,1).

When the Tur cites this halachah he writes that a person should pause momentarily before tefillah (93,1). The commentators explain that the time span of an hour was primarily said for the extremely righteous, but for everyone else a few seconds suffices. Nonetheless, every person must pause a short time before he starts tefillah (Mishnah Berurah 93,1).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

In A Theatre Near You
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

To Hear and To See
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

Happy New Yira
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Passion For Progress
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

Call of the Shofar
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

One Small Step from Man...
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

ArtScroll

Let the King Be Proud
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

Unusual Spelling
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Leave it Up to the King
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Q & A Regarding Rosh HaShana
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Weigh to the Real War
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Rosh Hashanah
-

> Shofar: Shock Treatment
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

'Sin... Don't Laugh!'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Cause and Effect
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Parents Need To Speak To Their Children With A Unified Voice
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765



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