The King’s Beloved Companion

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Halachah/Jewish Law, Tefilah (Prayer)

Orach Chayim 110:1: “One must follow the section of Redemption (גאולה) immediately with the Amidah (תפילה) without any intervening interruption, even reciting ‘Amen’ to the blessing of Gaal Yisrael, nor any verse other than, ‘O Lord, open my lips…’
RaMA: There are those who say it is permitted to respond ‘Amen’ to ‘Gaal Yisrael,’ and this is the custom. And there are those who say that the obligation to follow Geulah with Tefilah is specifically for weekdays or Festivals, but on the Sabbath it is not necessary (since the reason it is necessary to follow Geulah with Tefilah is because it is written, ‘The Lord will answer you on a day of sorrow,’ and following that it is written, ‘May the utterances of my mouth be favorable… O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer,’ and the Sabbath is not a day of sorrow…) however it is better to be stringent unless there is a necessity.”

Mishnah Berurah: “The Beth Yoseph disagrees with the justification of the RaMA for permitting an interruption between Geulah and Tefilah on the Sabbath… for the principle reason for following Geulah immediately with Tefilah is because the Sages likened the recitation of Shemoneh Esreh after the blessing of Redemption to a king’s beloved companion who has come and knocked at the king’s door, and whom the king has come forth to greet. If the king sees that his visitor has departed, he too departs, and does not come near again when the visitor returns to knock once more. So it is with one who interrupts between Redemption and Amidah.”

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