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

Email this article to a friend

Leaving Hashem

After reciting Shemoneh Esrei, one cannot simply stroll off. Our Sages set down exact guidelines showing us how to take leave of the Divine Presence. Studying them allows us to perform this mitzva in a way that bespeaks the honor due to our Creator.

In order to understand any area of Torah, one must first be familiar with the reasons for the halacha. There are many explanations offered for these three steps, but halachic authorities focus on two in particular. Numerous practical ramifications are derived from these two reasons.

Some write that Shemoneh Esrei is like the offering of the Tamid sacrifice and the one praying is like a kohen performing the Temple service (Beis Yosef citing Rav Hai Gaon). After offering the Tamid, the kohen would pour a wine libation onto the altar. The kohen would then exit by walking backwards, placing the toes of each foot behind the heel of his other foot (Mor Uketzia 123).

Others write that the steps back show that one is like a servant departing from his master (Rashba, Responsa 1,381). Before a servant leaves his masterís presence, he bows down to show his humility and then walks backward from the room. This shows that even as he gets ready to leave his master, he remains subservient to him and constantly alert for the moment when he will be summoned again (Mishna Berura 123,1).


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Jews vs. Judaism
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Every Drop Matters
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Ask for Spiritual Wealth
Shlomo Katz - 5762

> Lech Lecha: Avraham "Our Father"
Shlomo Katz - 5766

The Eternal Port of Entry
Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

Redefining Pleasure
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Wandering Jew
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Defying Natural Order
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

No Business As Usual
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Entering the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Dream the Impossible Dream
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Worthy of the Brocha!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

ArtScroll

Reward May Come
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Genuine Kindness
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5765

Mission Impassable
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

A Fuzzy Picture
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759



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