Selichot – When and Why

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   The Shulchan Aruch (OC 581) states “it is customary to awaken at ‘ashmoret’, the last third of the night, to recite Selichot and supplications from the beginning of Elul and on until Yom...

Public prayer

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   Parashat Ekev is the source of two pesukim the Sefer Hachinuch uses to establish tefilah as a biblical commandment. One: “Et Hashem elokecha tira oto taavod uvo tidbak uvishmo tishavea”, You shall fear...

חיוב וקיום בברכת כוהנים

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   In last week’s section we saw that there is a Mitzvah for the Kohanim to bless Am Yisrael. When a Kohen who is fit to give a blessing does not partake in the blessing, he may be nullifying the Mitzvah which...

Repeating Tefillat HaDerech

Question: If a journey starts during the day and continues into the night, must one recite “tefillat ha-derech” (Wayfarers’ Prayer) again after nightfall? Answer: The Shulhan Arukh (Orah Haim 110,5) rules as follows: “It should be recited only once in a day, even if...

Priestly Blessings Everyday

Unquestionably, in temple times, there is a positive commandment for cohanim to bless the people on a daily basis. This was performed after the offering up of the incense. However, it is important to decipher the extent of the obligation today, in times when the...

The Philosophy Of Prayer

Before asking any conceptual question concerning tefila, it is of utmost importance to emphasize that prayer is, first and foremost, a natural inclination of every human being. Prayer expresses the longing, the basic desire within every person for an encounter with...

Hallel With A Bracha – To Be Or Not To Be

With Yom Ha’atzma’ut having passed and Yom Yerushalyim ahead of us, many have been bothered with the question: What is the case for saying Hallel with a Bracha and without and the case for omitting both? Is the notion to say Hallel a halachically-based argument or one...

Tfilla in an Initiated War

The Rambam in the Sefer HaMitzvot (Mitzvat Ase- 5) cites the mitzvah of prayer that he derives from the verse, “V’oto Ta’avodu”.  In the Laws of Prayer the Rambam writes that a person is obligated by the Torah to pray every day. However, the Ramban in hishasagot...

Ten For Chazarat HaShatz – 5769

Rabbi Yonatan Rosensweig Former Rosh Kollel in Melborune (2006-2009) Currently Community Rabbi in Beit Shemesh   Ten For Chazarat HaShatz Upon occasion, I have joined minyanim with limited numbers of participants. In chutz la’aretz, in particular, this is a...