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 NOACH:

View Complete List

Who By Fire, Who By Water
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

A Wasted Tragedy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

Perceptions - Noach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Improving Our Own World
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Beshegam Hu Moshe?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

ArtScroll

Law and Order
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

To Share in the Pain of Others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Rainmaker
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

> The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Meaningful Speech
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

The Excitement of Every Day
Shlomo Katz - 5775

Looking for a Chavrusah?

What Was Noach's Greatest Legacy?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

The Day Falsehood Married Destruction
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Noach - A 'Standard' Tzaddik
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

The Purpose of Creation Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763



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