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

Email this article to a friend

Good Intentions

The Shulchan Aruch (98,1) quotes the Rambam, “What is intention? A person must clear his head of all worldly thoughts, and should see himself as if he is standing before the Shechinah. Therefore one must pause momentarily before he commences prayer” (Tefillah 4,16).

The Rema (98,1) cites Rabbeinu Yonah, “Intention means that a person’s heart is completely engrossed in Divine service. In order to achieve this one must first remove from his heart any trace of worldly pleasure, for once a person purifies his heart of any vanity and focuses on Hashem’s exaltedness, his prayers will be desirable and accepted by Hashem” (Berachos 30b).

From the words of Rabbeinu Yonah we see that intention is a change of state, a paradigm shift from this world to the next. By banishing all mundane thoughts and pleasures from his mind, a person enables himself to transcend the confines of this world, attaining great intimacy with Hashem. While today’s fast-paced lifestyle makes this extremely difficult, nevertheless, someone who makes the effort can experience the great pleasure of prayer.


Text Copyright © 2012 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

On One Foot
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

Love Your Neighbor: Who Needs Friends?
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Prisms of Light - Reflections of Shattered Glass
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

> The Third Rail
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Holiness Happens
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

A Deafening Silence
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Role of Spouse in Loving One's Neighbor
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

Parshas Kedoshim
Shlomo Katz - 5771

Will That Be A Medium, Or Well Done?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Don't Take it to Heart
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

More Power To You
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Beyond Common (In)Cense
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

ArtScroll

Children of the King
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Not Just an Act of Kindness
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5766

Holiness - Served Fresh
Shlomo Katz - 5764

What's an Omer?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755



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