Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Beautiful Story Of The Chasam Sofer That Never Happened.

There is a famous story of R Avraham Abish (Rov in Frankfurt). On Simchas Torah, instead of doing the Hakafos with a Sefer Torah, he took a young child in his hands and did theHakafos. He said that this child is the future Sefer Torah of Klal Yisroel. 

The child name was Moshe Sofer (Chasam Sofer)


This most beautiful story, all it is, is a story.

Even tough the Rema brings the Minhag of Hakafos on Simchas Torah. This Minhag was not established in Frankfurt until Reb Shamshon Refoel Hirsh  instituted it. (with much opposition)


In the times of R. Avraham Abish there
were no Hakafos on Simchas Torah 


Throwing cakes to children on Simḥat Torah, by Johann Leusden in Philologus Hebræo-Mixtus, Utrecht, 1657

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