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

Email this article to a friend

In Front of the Ark

Tachanun marks a climax of prayer as we place ourselves in Hashem’s hands. In order to reach such an elevated level we need some sort of external reminder that we are actually throwing ourselves down before Hashem. How can we achieve this?

“Yehoshua tore his clothes, and fell to the ground on his face before the Ark of Hashem …” (Yehoshua 7,6). Throwing oneself down before the Ark which contained the Aseres Hadibros helped Yehoshua internalize that he was “before Hashem.” Based on Yehoshua’s actions, we only say Tachanun face-down in the presence of a Torah scroll (Rema 131,2).

In Jerusalem a person can sense Hashem’s closeness at all times. For this reason, some residents of Jerusalem have the custom to recite Tachanun face-down, even in a place where there is no sefer Torah (Sefer Eretz Yisrael l’Harav Tukatchinsky 1,9). Some explain that this only applies in the Old City, while in close proximity to the site of the Beis Hamikdash (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, as cited in Ishei Yisrael 25,39).


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


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Just Five More Minutes of Sleep!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

It's Good For You
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

8 - The Symbol of Eternity
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Leaving Ya'akov for Yisroel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Of Climbing Ladders and Tugging Ropes
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

The Best Credentials
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

ArtScroll

Yaakov’s Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Torah Education
Rabbi Wein - 5768

How Are You Doing?
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

> The Light of Torah
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763

The Journey Continues
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Good and Bad Company
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Sheepish Leadership
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

The World of Learning
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Seeking Yitzchak
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

Why Rachel Was Remembered
Rabbi Leib Kelman - 5757



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