Friday, December 22, 2023


 Did you know? (198)

The (דרכי משה (או"ח צ"ה  quotes from the רוקח, the
reason we step forward 3 steps before starting
the שמונה עשרה is because we find the word ויגש
for תפלה in תנ"ך  three times. 

1) ויגש אברהם - בראשית יח כג
2) ויגש אליו יהודה -בראשית מד יח 
3) ויגש אליהו -מלכים א יח לו

Before starting the שמונה עשרה  you need
to step forward 3 steps and when concluding
the שמונה עשרה you need to step back 3 steps.

There is no need to step back 3 steps before starting the שמונה עשרה .It is done for practical reason to end up at your original spot.

When stepping backwards 3 steps at the end of שמונה עשרה , the בית יוסף
או"ח קכ"ג writes  that some say to also step forward 3 steps afterward. 


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