Sunday, June 16, 2019

2 Minhagim that make no sense

According to the ערוך השלחן, not having ברכת כהנים (in Chutz L'aretz )
every day has no legitimate reason. It is as if a בת קול from heaven
appeared telling us not to do it.

There were 2 Gedolim from the previous generation who attempted
to change it. They both failed and said that it must be מן השמים
not to change the Minhag

The second Minhag that makes no sense is, not having ברכת כהנים
on Yom Tov that falls on Shabbos. This Minhag was abolished
(in almost all places)



Friday, June 14, 2019

The Kesonos Pasim

When the Kohanim  chant  during  Birchas Kohanim , It is customary to say 

 ותתננו לאהבה—כשם שנתת את יוסף צדיקך בשעה שהלבישו אביו כתונת פסים לחן
ולחסד ולרחמים בעינך ובעיני כל רואיו *                                                                 

The obvious question is what kind of Chen was there at the time                               when  Yosef received the Kesones Pasim. On the contrary this seemed to be the reason for the hatred of the brothers

I asked this question to Mori V’rabi Hagaon R. Shlomo Miller shlita.

His answer was, that you can’t ask questions on this Tefillah.

R. Shmuel Salant zt"l claimed this to be an unreliable Tefillah.

The  מהרם מרןטנבורג, תרומת הדשן, מהרשל, רמ"א, לבוש, דרישה, של"ה, ב"ח, תוס' יו"ט, מג"א and

 all hold to say the Ribono shel Olam (for chalomos) three times

(the last one at Shalom)

It makes sense to say it three times rather than two times. To undo
A neder we say three times Muter Loch etc. Undoing bad dreams
too, should be said three times.

The Tefillah of “Yehi Ratzon” printed in most of todays Sidurim, is

from the Sharei Tzion R. Nosson Nota Hanover)

The Sharei Tzion is a collection of Kabalistic Tefilos.  R. Nosson Nota Hanover

writes in his Hakdama that these Tefillos  were taken from R.
Chaim Vital’s writings based on the Ari Zal.

In both Seforim from R. Chaim Vital “Pri Eitz Chaim & Shaar Hakavonos"

The Arizal is quoted to have said “ If one has a bad dream he should
Say the Ribono shel Olam when the Kohanim say Shalom. There

is no mention of the Yehi Ratzon.


Thursday, June 13, 2019


          Sotah 40 a
 דאין הכהנים רשאין לעלות בסנדליהן לדוכן

The reason Kohanim must remove their shoes for Duchening is,
1) there might be a Kohen with torn shoe strap 2) who will be embarrassed (to Duchen with torn shoes)  3) he will fix the strap  4)he will miss  the Duchening (busy fixing) 5) and people will talk and say he is a בן גרושה. (Pasula Kohen)
To prevent this unlikely sequent of events ( all 5 things has to happen) all Kohanim must go through the טירחא (bother) of removing their shoes every time they Duchen.

We see from here, how severe, Chazal considered embarrassing another Yid.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Reb Shlomo Miller On Chumros

Mori V'Rabi Harav Hagaon R. Shlomo Miller shlita told us during Shiur, today:

"Someone asked him a Shailo and he answered him that it is Mutar.

The Shoel (questioner) wasn't satisfied with the answerand felt to be Machmir (stringent) would be more appropriate."

Reb Shlomo told him
 "Ploni Almoni (Tov) because he wanted to be Machmir not to marry Rus missed the opportunity of  becoming  the grandfather of Dovid Hamelech and Melech Hamashiach."

Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Rabbi Nota Schiller Shlita beautiful vort on Shavous

A number of years ago I met Rabbi Nota Schiller Shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Ohr Someach Yerushalayim. He told
me this beautiful Vort of his. I apologize for inaccuracies and not being eloquent as the Rosh Yeshiva is.

We find  non committed Yidden have little or no connection to the Yom Tov of Shavuos,  compared to other Yomim Tovim.

The reason for this is. all other Yomim Tovim have a Cheftza  Shel Mitzva (Shofar,Lulav,Matza,Menora Megilla etc.)

The Yom Tov of Shavuos- Zman Matan Toraseinu  has no Cheftza Shel Mitzva.

Torah has no boundaries and no limitations. It is infinite.. 

Objects  on the other hand are finite. They come in sizes,weights boundaries and are limited.

When celebrating the infinite Torah, we can't do it with a  Cheftza , which is finite and has boundaries.

In place of  having a Cheftza Shel Mitzvah we stay awake all  night to learn.We learn without limitations night & day.

This is what Shlomo Hamelech meant (Drush) when he said in Shir Hashirim (2:7) :

                     אם תעירו ואם  תעוררו את האהבה עד שתחפץ

Staying awake Shavuos night and learning Torah turns it into חפצה של מצוה .without boundaries