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

Email this article to a friend

Silent Messages

As with all conversations with an entity outside ourselves, body language plays a central role in Shemoneh Esrei. All of these movements are outer expressions of one’s inner feelings, and allow a more profound level of interaction. Yet there is another level of communication that is even deeper and more discreet.

When Yisro was reunited with Moshe Rabbeinu, he advised him, “See among your nation strong, G-d-fearing people of integrity who are not interested in wealth” (Shemos 18,21). The wording of this statement raises a question. In light of the fact that we would expect that Moshe would have to seriously investigate people to find out if they were really of such sterling character, how could he be instructed to just “see” them?

The Zohar explains that there are six parts of a person’s body that indicate these characteristics. A person’s hair, forehead, face, eyes, lips and palms all contain signs of his spiritual level, if we only knew how to read them. Yisro instructed Moshe to look for these signs, and thereby choose the most upright individuals to lead the Jewish people (Zohar, Yisro 78a).

A person’s actions leave an indelible spiritual mark on these six parts of the body. When we are standing in prayer, even if we do not utter a word, our body signs will speak for themselves. We should be aware that our deeds speak louder than our words, and how we conduct ourselves while not reciting Shemoneh Esrei has a big influence on the power of our prayers when we come before Hashem.

Our body language during Shemoneh Esrei allows us to express the deepest feelings of our soul.


Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

Test of Affluence
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Guaranteed Results!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Thanks for the Suffering
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5756

ArtScroll

The Enemy Within and Without
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Clear Intructions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Song of Moses and Isreal
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Freight and Handling
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

A Time to Sing
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Input...Output
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

We Pay for Everything
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Lessons in Appreciation
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763

A Good Night's Sleep
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

> Healing the Fracture
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Pharaoh's Folly
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

A Table in the Wilderness
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Everyone Needs Attention
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763



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