Community Rabbis Ask

Morning Prayers



Is it permitted to daven Shacharit after only a few hours of sleep? What is considered “night” (ie from what hour to what hour)? If one didn’t sleep the minimum amount required what is the law?


It is permitted to say all the morning blessings if you slept at night. Even half an hour of sleep is enough. Night starts when the stars come out and ends at sunrise. It makes no difference which part of the night you sleep.

It is still possible to say the morning blessings, except for the blessing over washing hands (and for Ashkenazim, Elokai Neshama and blessing on the Torah). You can fulfill your obligation by listening to someone who has slept say the blessings.