Set Your Priorities

Day 13 – Berachos 14

 רַב אִידִי בַּר אָבִין אָמַר רַב יִצְחָק בַּר אַשְׁיָאן: אָסוּר לוֹ לָאָדָם לַעֲשׂוֹת חֲפָצָיו קוֹדֶם שֶׁיִּתְפַּלֵּל, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״צֶדֶק לְפָנָיו יְהַלֵּךְ וְיָשֵׂם לְדֶרֶךְ פְּעָמָיו״. וְאָמַר רַב אִידִי בַּר אָבִין אָמַר רַב יִצְחָק בַּר אַשְׁיָאן: כָּל הַמִּתְפַּלֵּל וְאַחַר כָּךְ יוֹצֵא לַדֶּרֶךְ, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עוֹשֶׂה לוֹ חֲפָצָיו, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״צֶדֶק לְפָנָיו יְהַלֵּךְ וְיָשֵׂם לְדֶרֶךְ פְּעָמָיו״.

Berachos 14

The Gemara tells us that one should make sure not to do business before davening and that one should daven before setting out on a trip, and if you do so, Hashem will take care of you. 

Rav Shteinman (K’Ayal Ta’arog) explained that if one is going to another city or neighboring Moshav to daven there, it is muttar as the Gemara is only talking about someone who is traveling for business purposes. 

The Pela Yoetz (#59 – Derech)  tells us that if someone will be traveling after Chatzos one should even daven Mincha at home before he goes. He goes on to say that if one would do this, you are guaranteed a safe and secure journey. 

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