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

Email this article to a friend

Bowing Down

“… and we bend down, bow, and give thanks before the King who reigns over kings” (ibid.). Pausing after the word thanks could imply a reference to the previous line, that we also bow down to vanity and emptiness. In order to emphasize the difference between our practice and that of others, one should pause between the words who does not save them and and we bend down (Rema 132,2).

Saying the words and we bend down in an upright position implies that one does not follow through with his words. In order to show that our actions are consistent with our stated beliefs, it is customary to bend over slightly while saying these words (Mishna Berura 132,9).

Need one bend his knees as well, as is the practice when saying Shemoneh Esrei? The word “korim” (“bend down”) implies bending one’s knees, while the word “umishtachavim” (“and bow”) implies bowing one’s body. Once again, in order to ensure that our actions are totally consistent with our words, some bend their knees slightly while bowing (Derech Hachaim 132,2).

The Arizal revealed the tremendous importance of Aleinu, considering it a vehicle to bring down the kedusha of tefilla. He expressed this with a “histachavayah gedola,” a particularly deep bow (Be'er Heitiv 132,4). On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, during the repetition of Shemoneh Esrei, we take this one step further and prostrate ourselves on the ground while reciting these words.


Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

15 Steps To Freedom
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Telling Others
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Kadesh
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

All Alone
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Pesach In Command
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Pesach Weather
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

> Ha Lachma Anya
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Symbolism Over Substance
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Growth Period
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Great Shabbos
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Introduction to Maggid
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Kid Tips
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

“4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup” (Insights for the Passover Seder)
Jon Erlbaum - 5770

We Were Slaves...
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767



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