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

Email this article to a friend

Redemption Before Prayer

A person is obligated to start Shemoneh Esrei immediately after mentioning the Exodus (Shulchan Aruch 111,1). Throughout the blessing of Emes V'Yatziv we arouse Hashem's love for us by mentioning some of the miracles that He did for us during our redemption from Egypt. The moment we finish this blessing is the most opportune time to petition Hashem for our needs (Rashi, ibid.).

Although we talk about the redemption throughout the blessing of Emes V'Yatziv, the mitzva not to interrupt only applies after concluding the final blessing of Ga'al Yisrael. As soon as one completes this blessing he should start Shemoneh Esrei. Even a silent pause for more than a few seconds is considered a break between the mention of redemption and prayer (Mishna Berura 111,2).

According to the Zohar, answering amen to the blessing of Ga'al Yisrael that the prayer leader says is not considered an interruption. While the Rema follows this ruling, the Shulchan Aruch considers answering amen an interruption (Rema 111,1).

In order to resolve this dispute, halachic authorities search for ways to circumvent answering amen. Some suggest that the prayer leader should say the final words of the blessing Ga'al Yisrael silently (Rav Chaim Kanievsky as cited in Ishei Yisrael 17,83), while others recommend that each member of the congregation should recite Ga'al Yisrael together with the prayer leader (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as cited in Halichos Shlomo 7,18). Whatever practice one adopts, he should make sure to begin Shemoneh Esrei immediately afterwards.


Text Copyright 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON TAZRIA AND METZORAH:

View Complete List

What a Difference a Night Makes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Making One's 'Bed' - And Lying In It
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Nipping the Quip
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

> Learning A Lesson From G-d Through Punishment
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

Are We Better than a Gnat?
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Out-Pietizing the Rest
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Spiritual Connection and Actual Observance
Shlomo Katz - 5767

Not Afflicted, Still Affected
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Self Destruction
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Real You
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763

This Month - Something New
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

Joy Therapy
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

ArtScroll

Jogging Ancient Memories
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Eyeing the Eye
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Lessons in Leprosy
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Preist
The Preist's Supreme Task: Diagnosing Spiritually Damaged Souls - 5771



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