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

Email this article to a friend

Looking Down

In the last section we learned that a person should gaze out of the window immediately before praying Shemoneh Esrei. Seeing the vast expanse of the heavens will humble his heart in the advent of prayer. How should he position his eyes for the rest of Shemoneh Esrei?

“And My eyes and My heart are there always” (Melachim I 9,3). Even after the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, our eyes and heart should still be connected as strongly as possible to the structure where Hashem’s Presence dwelled. How can we accomplish this?

While the Beis Hamikdash was in existence, everyone agreed that a person should focus his eyes toward the ground, for this was the place where the Shechinah rested in the Temple. Today we are no longer able to pray in the Beis Hamikdash itself, but we face the direction where the Beis Hamikdash stood. Looking down in that direction should help us remember the Temple (Tur 95,2).

If possible while praying, a person should attempt to visualize that he is inside the Beis Hamikdash. After he has created this picture in his mind, looking down for the duration of his tefillah will remind him that it is as if he were standing in the Beis Hamikdash. Maintaining this image helps to elevate one's prayers (Rabbeinu Yonah 20b).


Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

“Trading Places on the Ladder of Life”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Smelling The Fragrance Of Hope
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

Nurture the Yaakov Avinu Within Ourselves
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Building a Jewish Home
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Two Paradigms of Thankful Individuals
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

A Perfect Marriage
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Into the Hands of the Few
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

What’s a Meta-phor?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

How Are You Doing?
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

> Sadly Released from Prison
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

A Legacy of Deceit
Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein - 5762

Straightening Out The Cause And The Effect
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

ArtScroll

It's Good For You
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

Performances and Customs
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Leaving... a Good Impression
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

As Long as the Candle is Burning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764



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