Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Pausing During Prayer

The Gemara tells us that in addition to the hour before tefillah, the chassidim also spent an hour reciting Shemoneh Esrei. There are a limited number of words in tefillah. How did these chassidim pray for an entire hour? One of the hardest parts of tefillah is staying focused on prayers for the entirety of Shemoneh Esrei. Even before one opens his mouth, the yetzer hara offers a person a plethora of foreign thoughts to fill his head. Concentrating on prayer is a great accomplishment.

One common problem is that a person’s mind tends to wander. A thought enters his mind, and this leads to another until the person can forget that he is praying altogether. Before he knows it, he is at the end of Shemoneh Esrei.

The Chofetz Chaim offers a practical suggestion to help avoid this problem. He suggests that a person should stop before each berachah and think momentarily about the theme of the blessing he is about to recite. This built-in pause will save him from going into a tefillah by rote mode, and will help him regain his concentration if his mind wanders (Sefer Shem Olam, endnotes to second volume).

Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



View Complete List

Darkness and Light
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Oh Baby!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Our Noble Mission
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Lighting Up the Streets
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

A Spiritual Holiday
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

> “So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

A Peaceful Retirement
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756


Pulling the Strings of History
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Because I Care
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

A Killing Prayer
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Candle Lighting Blessings
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

The Light of Torah
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763

Rest Stop
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Sensitive "To a Tea"
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information