In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal
In the Name of HASHEM, G-d Eternal

Kneeling & Bowing in Prayer

Sadly, in our time, there are few who properly kneel and bow during their regular daily prayers.  Here is an excellent video on this topic…

View it on YouTube

2 Responses to “Kneeling & Bowing in Prayer”

  1. Eli Maimon Says:

    According to the tradition observed by the Yemenite community until they came to the land of Israel, as well as per a correct reading of the Rambam, no man who is not a Tzaddik like Yoshua ben Nun does a full prostration. What they did is prostrate with one leg folded on the other and face to the side.
    Rav Arussi’s Machon Moshe has a filmed testimony of this ancient tradition.
    A “Mori” is someone who respects the tradition as preserved by those who have always lived by it, and he learns from oral law as much as from the written text.

  2. barron Says:

    b’Shem HASHEM El `olam

    Shalom Eli,

    With all due respect to Sana`ani Yemenite tradition, the method demonstrated in Rav Arussi’s film is not the only voice of tradition. For example, Yemenite Jews today do not traditionally perform the `amidah bows upon the knees. However, Mori Yehoshua` Sofer, a critically-minded scholar with whom I have a number of disagreements, related to me to that his own grandfather –Mori Brihim bin Hassan (a Torah leader in his generation)– would pray just as I do when praying alone.

    In truth, however, considering how Torah practice tends to erode and morph over the centuries, my own esteemed Mori Shelomo of Mechon Mamre always taught: When Mishneh Torah is perfectly clear on the halakhah, we need pay no heed to any living tradition that strays from it. And he was a serious student of Rav Qapahh z”l — the Rav of Mori Arussi as well!

    BTW, know that it was not uncommon for Rav Qapahh z”l’s students (such as those who followed the Mishneh Torah more zealously) to disagree with the Rav on minor points of law, and practice accordingly. Rather than frown on this, the Torah giant accepted this as normal, and even defended them from attack by those who were more mainstream!

    Here’s why:

    In authentic Yemenite tradition –as opposed to today’s widespread Ashkenazi mentality– students were encouraged to engage their minds and think for themselves when learning Torah, and practice accordingly.

    I do not claim even to reach Mori Yusuf Qapahh’s ankles in Torah wisdom. Nonetheless, if I can pass on that tradition I received from his student of God-fearing, independent thinking within the strict parameters of the law, producing students who supersede my knowledge and disagree with me where I am mistaken, I will thank HaShem for having made me a successful mori indeed. Barukh HaShem, it has already happened more than once. @;-D (For this, I credit and praise HaShem alone.)

    With blessings,

    Mori Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron

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