Audio Roundup: 2017:46

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by Joel Rich

From R’ Aviner:

Musical Instruments during Davening
Q: Is it permissible to play instruments during Hallel?
A: It is forbidden on account of “Chukat Ha-Goyim – following the non-Jewish practices” (Shut Chatam Yoreh Deah #84-96, Choshen Mishpat #192. Kaf Ha-Chaim, Orach Chaim 151:19. Shut Minchat Yitzchak 5:96). (Me-didn’t they do so when tehillim were written?)

Bringing the Torah to People to Kiss
Q: Is it permissible to bring the Sefer Torah in the Shul towards people who want to kiss it?
A: No. This is a disgrace to the Sefer Torah. They should approach the Sefer Torah. Piskei Teshuvot 134:6. (Me-how often is this violated?)

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Sukkot/Mitztaer explanations include that mitztaer contradicts teishvu kein taduru, or ki basukot hoshavti or kol ezrach simcha (me- ritual/cognitive/emotional).
Perhaps the kiton shel mayim/rain parallel is a positive one—it gives us opportunities to show it’s about HKB”H—not us.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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