Can one say Shemoneh Esre sitting down because she gets light headed when she stands in the morning and she does not enjoy saying it because it’s hard for her to stand in the morning. May she sit?


We stand during Davening as a slave before his master, with awe and fear. One should make an effort to Daven standing even if it means pushing off Davening until one is feeling better (provided Zman Tefila does not pass).

If she’s not able to wait and can not stand, or can not concentrate while standing, she may sit and Daven.

If possible she should stand to go 3 steps back, as well as during the bowing done at the designated places. if this is not possible she should bow while sitting.

She should also keep her feet together throughout Davening.


See also #297: “How to Daven on an Airplane”.


מראה מקומות:

לכתחילה (בנוסע) – שו”ע אדה”ז פט, ט. צד, ה.

דין חולה וזקן שאינו יכול לעמוד – שו”ע אדה”ז צד, ז.

לעמוד במקום הכריעות והפסיעות (בספינה או עגלה) – שו”ע אדה”ז צד, ו.

באי אפשר (כגון שמפחד מנכרים) – שו”ע אדה”ז צד, ח.

כיוון רגליים (בעגלה) – מש”ז צד, א מובא במ”ב צד, ב.