Suggestion #8 – A little less conversation


Let’s work on not talking to our friends in shul, especially during the Torah reading, chazaratz Hashatz and other times that it is forbidden to speak.   I won’t discuss the scary things Chazal say about one who violates these halachot, but instead discuss the blessings one receives for keeping them.  For instance, the Tosfos Yom Tov promises that one who does not talk during davening will be subject to all the blessings in the Torah, will be saved from illness, have healthy children who are Torah observant, who will get married, do good deeds and always serve Hashem truthfully.

Even if you have been talking during davening your whole life, if you have the urge this Shabbos to do the same, and you actually refrain from doing so, that is complete teshuvah!!  All those sins will transform into mitzvos! 

To help fight the urge and discourage others from talking to you, try putting your finger on the place and following along in your siddur with the chazzan or bal korei.   Another idea is to close your eyes during chazaratz hashatz.  Treat it like a second shemona esrei where you can just concentrate while the chazzan is saying the words.   I was doing this for a while and actually looked forward to going to minyan for this reason.  This is a good reminder to myself to start doing that again.

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4 Responses to Suggestion #8 – A little less conversation

  1. Thank you for writing this piece about focus during davening. I also alluded to this issue in my blog about Yom Kippur (https://ruthschapira.com/2019/10/03/yom-kippur-juxtapositions/). Thank you for your daily posts, I always enjoy reading.

  2. David says:

    I am not an advocate of talking in Shul but there are those who shush other people and then talk themselves.

    • Emuna Daily says:

      Hi David. Thanks for the comment. I am not an advocate of those who shush other people and then talk themselves, but a great rav once said that just because those people who shush others and then talk themselves are being hypocritical, doesn’t take away from the fact that those people he is shushing, could use the mussar. It shouldn’t matter who is reminding them of this halacha.

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