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371. Kohanim Who May Not Duchen
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 14:14 In the Temple, the priestly blessing was recited daily, after the morning sacrifice. The kohanim stood on the steps to the Temple hall and recited the blessing as described above. Outside the Temple, it is recited after every prayer service except for mincha, as we have discussed. (Editor’s note: this does […]
The Obligation for a Man to Wear a Yarmulka
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From the gemara, covering one’s head appears to be an act of great piety. How did it become the normative practice? (This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) [The following is a translation from the authors hebrew work Umekareiv Biyamin.] 1. The source for […]
370. Which Way to Turn
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 14:12 The kohanim may not add other blessings to the birkas kohanim, such as “May Hashem, God of your fathers, increase your numbers a thousandfold” (Deuteronomy 1:11). Such blessings may not even be added silently as per Deuteronomy 4:2, “Do not add….” When leaving his seat to ascend the platform, the kohein […]
369. “This is How You Shall Bless…”
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 14:10 In the Temple, the kohanim would pronounce the Tetragrammaton as it is written; this is what is meant by “the explicit Name” of God. Outside of the Temple, we pronounce it “Ado-nai.” When Shimon HaTzaddik died, the kohanim stopped using the explicit Name even in the Temple out of concern that […]
368. Duchening in the Temple
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Tefillah u’Birkas Kohanim 14:8 If only one kohein is blessing the people, he should start reciting the bracha on his own. Then the shaliach tzibbur prompts him a word at a time as per usual. If there are two or more kohanim, they do not recite the bracha until the shaliach tzibbur calls them by […]