Tagged with Prayer

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Continuing with the idea of the relevance of Rupture and Reconstruction 20 years later, some years ago I wrote about this, which discusses phenomena symptomatic of our modern proclivities to monstrous stringency. Every year has its novelty. The incidental differences in halachic practice that developed in the Diaspora were inevitable; the question before us today … Continue reading

Mending Fences

Mending Fences

Dear ****, In response to your claim that teaching people about how the ashkenazic practice, as documented in Shorshei Minhagei Ashkenaz, to not have to wait until nightfall to accept the holiday of Pentecost (Shavuot) or to recite kiddush might lead those people to violate rabbinic fences, “lifrotz gedarim,” I would like to point out … Continue reading

קרבנות ותפלות אברהם אבינו

קרבנות ותפלות אברהם אבינו

(המשך מכאן) איתא בזהר פרשת וירא: מַהוּ יֻקַּח נָא מְעַט מַיִם וְרַחֲצּוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְגו’ וְאֶקְחָה פַת לֶחֶם וְגו’ וַיְמַהֵר אַבְרָהָם הָאֹהֱלָה אֶל שָׂרָה וְגו’ וְאֶל הַבָּקָר רָץ אַבְרָהָם וְגו’ וַיִּקַּח חֶמְאָה וְחָלָב וְגו’. כַּד אֲתָא רַב דִּימִי אָמַר לא מָצְּאָה הַנְּשָׁמָה תּוֹעֶלֶת לַגּוּף אִלְּמָלֵא מַה שֶּׁרָמַז בְּכָאן רְמֶז הַקָּרְבָּנוֹת. בָּטְלוּ הַקָּרְבָּנוֹת לֹא בָּטְלָה הַתּוֹרָה, הַאי … Continue reading

Respect for Scholars During Prayer

As a follow up to my answer to the first question here, I would like to note the opinion of the Vilna Gaon. Normally, he rejects any practice that has no basis in the ancient sources. For example, he outright rejects the practice of the Hasidei Ashk’naz to avoid reciting the blessing of sheheheyanu during … Continue reading

Ashrei Without A Minyan

It happens that often a quorum of ten men will gather for the afternoon prayers, but the tenth man will be a little later than the others. Now, in order to say qaddish and start the amida, the quorum of ten must be present, but what about for the introductory recitation of Psalm 145, usually known … Continue reading

Q&A: Tefillin on Rosh Hodesh

Q&A: Tefillin on Rosh Hodesh

Question: Why do we take off our tefillin before musaf on Rosh Chodesh? Simple answer: Because everyone else is doing it. Refined Question: Why is there a widespread practice to do so? Answer: Because, as the Beth Yosef (Tur Orah Hayim 25) writes, in some places the congregation recites the text of q’dusha that begins … Continue reading

Q&A: Priorities in Prayer, Part 3

Question: May I bring my children to shul? Answer: This is from the Chicago Rabbinical Council: The Mishna Brura 98:3, cites the Shaloh HaKadosh who strongly criticized parents for bringing children to the shul at an age where they cannot be educated and controlled not to run around (sic) and disturb the congregation.   Not only … Continue reading