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Orthodox Judaism/"bobbing" -- swaying during prayer


Shalom, Rabbi Enkin.  I saw last night Rama Burshtein's film "Fill the Void."  I found it fascinating.  In the wedding scene at the end, the bride seemed to be "bobbing" continuously--almost mechanically-- even when she was talking with well-wishers.  In fact, I wondered if it was swaying or another custom. She was dressed in such an abundant bridal gown that practically only her face and arms (and prayer book) seemed visible, which made it even harder to understand what she was doing.  Please let me know more about this.  Thank you very much.  Ana

Ana, shalom!

I am unfamiliar with this movie and what you might have seen. However, here is a link that should be of assistance to explain why Jews sway when they pray:

Hope this helps!

Rabbi Ari Enkin

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Rabbi Ari Enkin


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Rabbi Ari N. Enkin originally from Montreal fulfilled his life-long dream of making aliyah in July 2004 after serving for seven years as a congregational and community rabbi in Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Rabbi Enkin holds both Yoreh-Yoreh and Yadin-Yadin semichas as well as a Masters Degree specializing in Informal Adult Education. He is the author of several seforim including most recently "Dalet Amot - Halachic Perspectives" which discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues. The first printing quickly sold out and a second revised edition is underway (Gefen Publishing House), as is a second volume in this series. Rabbi Enkin is also a frequent contributor to a number of publications on mostly Halachic topics. Since making Aliyah Rabbi Enkin has taught at a number of Yeshivot and Seminaries and is currently working as the manager of Cheerfully Changed Financial Services in Modiin. He also serves as the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Hirhurim Website as well as rabbinical advisor to His lectures are known to be fun, informal, and enlightening appropriate form both laymen and scholars alike.

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