Walking In The Middle Of Praying

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For those who do not yet know, here is a link to R. Shlomo Aviner’s blog: link. It is really just a collection of his frequent halakhic rulings and essays, rather than an interactive website of his thoughts. Nevertheless, I think that this is the first blog of a major rabbi.

Here is a recent post about a fairly explicit but little-known rule (link):

Q: What should a person do if he hears a warning siren for an incoming missile and he is in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei?

Click here to read moreA: He should certainly run to the bomb shelter and continue to daven the Shemoneh Esrei there. This is based on two reasons: 1. It is a case of a life-threatening situation. 2. Walking in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei without speaking is not considered an interruption. For example, if I am davening the Shemoneh Esrei and a child is bothering me something terrible and I cannot concentrate, I can move to another place. Or if I am davening by heart and I cannot remember “Ya’ale Ve-Yavo,” I can go and get a siddur. Speaking is forbidden but there is no problem of moving if there is a need. Therefore, if I am in the middle of the Shemoneh Esrei and I hear a warning siren for an incoming missile, I should go to the bomb shelter without talking and continue to daven in the place where I left off.

For those who are thinking of commenting or e-mailing that you disapprove of Rav Aviner, don’t bother. You will be deleted and/or ignored. I’m not interested in politics or the manipulation of great rabbis, which is what (after investigation) I consider all the ruckus.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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