Audio Roundup 2022:18

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by Joel Rich

Rabbi Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe (Me- Why one selichot leader I know always seems like he has a huge weight on his shoulders)

The second concept we derive from this passage is the unique role of the prayer leader (sheliach tzibur) in the Selichos services. The entire focus of the Selichos service rests on this individual.

Since it is only the sheliach tzibur who is wrapped in the tallis, he is responsible for the consciousness that one stand directly lifnei Hashem, before Hashem. The Shechinah rests on him.

A Bar-Ilan search showed less than fifteen times that the Shulchan Aruch used the phrase yirei shomaim in the context of taking action to be yotzei more than one opinion. It would be interesting to tally how many times this approach was used in S”A vs. M”B vs. AH”. In particular what were the parameters used in determining in which cases were multiple opinions of concern and which cases not (and why did different codifiers have different trip wires)?

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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