Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Real Mekor

In many Siddurim,at the end or Shemone Esrai, it says
"The Shlah Hakadosh writes, So as not to forget
your name after 120, to say a Pasuk that starts and ends
with the same letters as your own name starts
and end”.

As far as we know, this Shlah does not exist.

It is in the Kitzur Shlah (R.Y.M.Epstien) who says it, but this
is not considered a Mekor* (source).

The Maharsham (Da’as Torah O.Ch. 156) says it is a Rashi
(Micha 6:9) “whoever says this Pasuk will be saved from
The truth is that this Shtikel is not from Rashi but is in brackets
and added on to Rashi.

The actual Mekor for this Minhag is, the Eliya Rabba (O.Ch.122)
He quotes in the name of the Bais Yosef, “Tov Lomar” It’s
good thing to say etc. The B.Y. doesn’t mention any reward
for saying it. ( If he says it’s good, you can trust him)

*It is interesting, the original Artscroll Siddurim has the

Kitzur Shlah as the source. They changed it to the Eliya Rabba

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