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

Email this article to a friend

Third Blessing: Burning Angels

    "You are holy and Your Name is holy, and holy ones praise You every day, forever. Blessed are You, Hashem, the holy G-d."

Prayer should be a mortifying experience. We stand before Hashem, Who is so exalted that no creature can possibly fathom or express His praise. How can we possibly meet this challenge and properly describe His greatness?

In the third blessing of Shemoneh Esrei we mention that kedoshim praise Hashem every day. During the Kedusha, recited during the repetition of Shemoneh Esrei, we make mention of some of these kedoshim - the Seraphim, burning angels. These Divine messengers have such a clear perception of G-d's power that they are constantly set into flame as a result. Obviously, we are not meant to copy their behavior.

On the other hand, we often take the opposite approach. We have already resigned ourselves to our inability to concentrate during tefilla, and rush through Shemoneh Esrei while our minds are occupied with other matters. How can we strike a balance between these two extremes?

During Shemoneh Esrei we are meant to look beyond ourselves. For at least five minutes, we are meant to be completely focused on Hashem and the Jewish people. For this reason none of the blessings is written in the singular.

Herein lies the secret to successful prayer. Before starting Shemoneh Esrei, we should remove ourselves from the picture and think only about Hashem and His people. During the first three blessings of Shemoneh Esrei, the recognition that His grandeur is the single source of strength in the universe should help us focus on the rest of our prayers. This thought will lift us above the level of the Seraphim and elevate our tefilla to the highest level.

We can attain the highest level of praise during prayer by focusing on Hashem's greatness and forgetting about ourselves.


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Role Model
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

For Whose Sake?
Shlomo Katz - 5771

Conditional Peace
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

> Our Father, Our Light
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Holidays, Technologies & the ‘Reel’ World
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Daughters-and-Law
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Moshe Demonstrates The Priorities Of A Leader Of Israel
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Talk About Makeovers
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

Pinchas & The Three Weeks
Shlomo Katz - 5764

ArtScroll

The Special Potential of Each Jew
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5762

Too Much Righteousness
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

What Are We Missing On Tisha B'Av?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Vov of Connection-Vov of Division
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

In Partnership With G-d
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Be Like a Kohen and Express Your Feelings
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Zealotry is Like Radiation - It Can Be Useful But It Is Very Dangerous
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 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