I once repeated a manificent thought which Rav Shimshon related regarding Tefiloh being “good to the last drop”.
Here is another vignette he once shared with us regarding Tefiloh…(it is possible he was talking about a story that happened to himself…)
“Imagine your washing machine breaks down and your wife asks you for help… You know how us men are, …you open up the machine and fiddle around a little with the various parts, screws, nuts, bolts and belts.. You take it apart, fix it (you hope) and then piece things back together.
When you’re done, you stop to admire your handiwork with your wife and she notices some screws on the floor next to the machine. What is this, she asks?
Oh this…umm..these screws are “extra”…they don’t need to be put back inside, so I just left them out, – you say!
My friends (said Rav Shimshon Zatzal), there is no such thing as “extra screws”! The manufacturer who created this machine, paid good money for those screws and they were strategically placed into the machine to serve a specific purpose and function! They are not extra! You many not appreciate them or recognize their utility, but they are nost certainly NOT extra!
The same thing is true when it comes to Tefiloh.
I see so many people who come into Shul late (missing Korbonos etc.) and play catch up with the Tzibbur and then proceed to Daven the “main” parts of the Tefiloh including Krias Shema and Shmonah Esreh, only to leave early before Ashrei, Oleinu etc.
They have the misguided idea that somehow the ealier pieces of korbonos and Pesukei Dizimra, as well as the final pieces before the end of Daveneing…these are “extra”…and it’s no big deal to skip them!
This is a big mistake!
The manufacturer (Anshei Kneses Hagedolah) of these beautiful and special Tefilos, placed them there for a reason…they are not “stam” or “extra”.
Rather, they are important Tefilos which brings tremendous brachos and yeshuous to the people who say them..(and perhaps even more so because they require more effort and mesiras nefesh to complete…) and we must make an effort not to throw away these Tefilos, Chas V’shalom!
<Heard From Harav Shimshon Pincus Z’L>