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

Email this article to a friend

Spiritual Needs

Taking care of one’s needs before tefillah puts his personal needs before those of Hashem. A mitzvah is done for Hashem’s honor and does not fall under this prohibition. Therefore, the halachah is that chafatzecha (your needs) are forbidden, but cheftzei Shamayim (heavenly needs) are permitted before one prays (Mishnah Berurah 250,1).

One example of cheftzei Shamayim is collecting tzedakah. In the morning, most people are gathered together in shul, and it is a good time to approach people. One may collect before praying especially when the case is pressing (Mishnah Berurah 89,36).

The halachah states that a person should give tzedakah before praying (Shulchan Aruch 92,10). This halachah is not limited to contributing one’s money to a good cause. Giving of one’s time and energy is also tzedakah, and therefore one can perform acts of kindness to others in the morning before tefillah (Rav Shlomo Zalman Aeurbach as cited in Halichos Shlomo 2,8).

Chazal tell us that the tefillos of Yom Tov should start later than usual. While on a simple level this allows one to get more rest, halachic authorities add that the extra time allows one to take care of Yom Tov needs before prayer. Since these are cheftzei Shamayim they are permitted before tefillah (Mishnah Berurah 529,14).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Missed Opportunities
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Taking the Initiative
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

The Path to Serving God
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

ArtScroll

The Seven Noachide Laws
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

Beshegam Hu Moshe?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Why We Keep Sinning
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

The Perfect Storm
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

'Moment'ary Blunders
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

> Choosing Sides
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Investing in the Land
Shlomo Katz - 5767

The Meaning of Noach
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

People In Stone Houses Shouldn
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

It's All About Redemption Part II
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

The Purpose of Creation Part III
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Leave They Must
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766



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