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Pausing after Prayer

In addition to the hours they spent before and during prayer, the original chassidim would wait another hour after their prayers (Berachos 32b). As explained in the previous sections, the hours before and during prayer would put them into the right state of mind for prayer. It is much harder to understand why they needed another hour afterwards.

The Rambam helps us comprehend this halachah. “A person should not relate to his prayers as if he is unloading a burden. Therefore he should wait some time after he davens and only then leave prayer. The original chassidim would wait an hour after they finished their prayers” (Rambam, Tefillah 4,16).

From the words of the Rambam it is clear that the purpose of the time after prayer is to show that the tefillos just completed were not a burden, and that it is difficult to depart from them. The original chassidim were so dedicated to their tefillos that they reveled in its effect for a full hour afterwards. Although we are far removed from their elevated level, we should show our devotion to tefillah when possible by not running out of shul.

The Seder Hayom (cited by Mishnah Berurah 93,1) writes that if one can, he should wait to leave the shul until there are no longer ten people there. Since the Divine Presence only remains in the shul while there are ten people there, he will not be one of the people who caused the Shechinah to depart from the shul. Even though this is not possible for everyone to do, one should at least be careful that he is not the one who leaves when there are exactly ten, thereby directly causing the Divine Presence to leave (Aruch Hashulchan 93,4).

Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



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