After the amida prayer, we immediately do nefilat apayim, literally – “falling on the face.” We sit, rest our head on our arm, and look downward – almost in a fetal position. Rabbeinu Bahya traces this practice to our parasha: And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “Divide yourselves from this community, and I will put an end to them in an instant.” And they fell on their faces and said…Having already made our requests in the amida, this position demonstrates, Rabbeinu Bahya explains, our powerlessness – we can’t see, speak, or hear – without God. The halachic codes see this physical position as an embodied continuation of the amida prayer and must therefore immediately follow it.