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

Email this article to a friend

Gazing at the Heavens

Before one starts to pray he should turn his eyes towards the windows (Mishnah Berurah 95,4). Looking towards the vast expanses of the universe and the blue of the sky will remind him “Who created all of this.” If during the course of his prayers his mind wanders, he should look again through the windows and try to regain his concentration (Mishnah Berurah 90,8).

In order to fulfill this directive the halachah stipulates that “There should be windows in the place where a person prays as the verse tells us, ‘The windows in his [Daniel’s] attic faced Yerushalayim’” (Berachos 34b according to Rashi). The practical halachah requires some windows in a beis kenesses to face Yerushalayim (Shulchan Aruch 90,4).

The Zohar writes, “A shul should have windows in order to enable the ascent of everyone’s tefillos. For this reason, it's impossible to pray properly in a shul which does not have windows … Just as the beis kenesses in the heavens has twelve windows, so too the beis hakenesses in this world should have twelve windows” (Zohar, Pekudei 251a). The Shulchan Aruch cites this Zohar as the halachah, and writes that a shul should have twelve windows (Shulchan Aruch 90,4).


Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Now -A Hopeful Place
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

In Man's Diminished Image
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Before It Rains
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

> Missed Opportunities
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

A Place To Be
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

"G-d Watches Over Man"
Shlomo Katz - 5764

ArtScroll

“Live & Let Live?”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

The Hidden Blessing
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

Home Alone
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Raising Children: The Secret of Success
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Back To The Daily Grind
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Making It Perfect
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Name of HASHEM
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

What Goes Around Comes Around
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

New Stage, Old Actors
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

The Gift of Meat
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761



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