Friday, April 27, 2018

Non Jewish Minhag

הלכה ולא למעשה                                          


The Mekubal & Doctor, Harav Moshe Dovid Valla (Talmid of the Ramchal)
claims that not shaving or trimming the beard during Aveilus, and Sefira 
is a Non Jewish Minhag.

"Only by the Goyim, since they all shave during the year, so by refraining 
from shaving shows Aveilus.

For Yidden, since they have been growing beards during the year, therefore,
letting it grow during Sefira is not a form of Aveilus. Chazal didn't have
beards in mind when they said not to cut the hair during that period.

However, since the masses don't shave their beards during the
Sefirah, we should condone it and come up with the reason it's
done to be ממתיק הדינים (sweeten & lighten the harsh judgments) 
of the long hair*."

The Shu"t Chasam Sofer (Y.D.348) too, claims the Poskim's intention was
only for the hair of the head and not the beard.

* Kabbalistic

1 comment:

  1. “He [Rabbi Isaac Bernays] fought the Reformers every step of the way, even appropriating some of their methods and thus stealing their thunder. He introduced the [Saturday morning] sermon, one of the main selling points of the Reform service.”

    SOURCE: Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch by Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Klugman (chapter 3, page 32), year 1996 CE, ArtScroll History Series, Brooklyn 11232, ISBN 0-89906-632-1.

    CHRONOLOGY: Rabbi Isaac Bernays was born in 1792 CE, was appointed Rabbi of Hamburg in 1821 CE, and died in 1849 CE.

    EXPLANATION: The Reform Jews copies the idea of Rabbis reciting Saturday morning sermons from the Christian priests who recited Sunday morning sermons. Then the Orthodox Jews copied the idea from the Reform Jews.
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