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

Email this article to a friend

Coming Back

Some authorities rule that after taking three steps backward there is a mitzva to take three steps forward. Since when leaving Shemoneh Esrei one is like a servant departing from his master, it is very inappropriate to immediately take three steps forward (Yoma 53b). Instead he should wait until he has a good reason to return to where he was standing (Mishna Berura 123,7).

Therefore, if a person is praying together with a congregation he should wait until Kedusha or at night until kaddish. If it is difficult to wait that long, he should remain in the place where he finished his steps until the shaliach tzibbur starts his repetition of Shemoneh Esrei (Shulchan Aruch 123,2). If one is praying alone, one should pause for at least a few seconds before returning to one’s place (Rema ibid.).

In his latter years, the Brisker Rav had difficulty standing up until Kedusha after completing Shemoneh Esrei due to poor health. After he finished taking three steps back he would sit down in the place where he was. In this way he was able to fulfill the mitzva of not returning to his place right away.


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Stealing: Not For The Taking
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

New Beginnings
Shlomo Katz - 5762

The Sign of the Olive
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

ArtScroll

Unity With Caution
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Generation to Generation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

> Communication Brings Unity
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

In Man's Diminished Image
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

One for the Birds
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Making Something of Nothing
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

Hashem's Promise
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

From Life
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Understanding the Faith of Noach
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Wine and Window Washers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

People In Stone Houses Should Not Cast Bricks
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 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