Monday, August 29, 2022

Saying Ledovid In Elul

Minhag Telz -Ledovid in Elul

Minhag Telz is not to say Ledovid by either Mincha or Maariv
Minhag Telz is also not to say Ledovid on Shabbos ,Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
Minhag Telz is also not to say Ledovid after Yom Kippur

Amongst the many Gedolim whose Minhag was not to say לדוד ה' אורי from Rosh Chodesh Ellul till Simchas Torah was the Vilna Gaon.

The Aderes* writes the reason for not saying it, is because of Tircha Detzibura.

Saying one Kapitel Tehillim takes up too much time from the Tzibbur.

Perhaps we can explain the Aderes -Gaon:

There is no mention in Bavli, Yerushalmi, Rishonim, Tur & Shulchan Aruch etc. to say Ledovid Hashem (in Ellul)

The first to mention to say it Betzibbur** is the Sefer Chemdas Hayomim*** &Sefer Shem Tov Katan which are based on Kabbala****.

The Gaon in general was against adding new Tefillos. He tried to stick to as much as possible to the original Tefillos from the Anshei Knesses Hagedola.

A Shliach Tzibbur who starts one minute late in a Minyan of 100 people, wasted
not one minute but100 minutes. (Tircha of 100 people times 1 minute)

Adding a Kapitel Tehillim which takes to say only one minute can at times
be considered taking 100 minutes.

This might explain why the Gaon
didn't say it.

    *הרב אליהו דןד רבינוביץ תאומים
(he was a twin)

**The Sefer Shem Tov Katan
printed before the Chemdas Hayomim
mentions only to say it ביחיד .

***major  controversy who the
author was.Some don't say
Ledovid Hashem Ori
because they claim the source
is Nasan Ha'azasi yms.

**** I believe the first Halacha Sefer
to say it is the Mateh Efraim

1 comment:

  1. Yekke minhag (minhag Ashkenaz hamuvhak) is not to say LeDovid.

    There are Chasidim that don't say LeDovid bichlal either. I think Sanz-Bobov is one of the groups in that category.


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