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The Torah Matzav
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Hadlaka dance -Minhag Avoda Zara
Lag Baomer Matzav
HOLY FIRE DANCERS
The Tosefta (Shabbos 7:1)says clapping hands
in front of a fire is אסור because of דרכי אמורי.
Harav Hagaon Reb Shmuel Wosner zt"l
7: 136) was asked if in camp, dancing around a bonfire is
permissible or there is an איסור of דרכי אמורי.
One of the reasons to consider why it might be מותר is
because perhaps the Tosefta is referring only when the dancing is done
for the honor of the fire. (eg: A holy fire lit by a Rebbe who
said לשם יחוד & seven times ויהי נועם etc.) Then it has traces &
elements of עבודה זרה.
Whereas in camp it's just done for the warmth, light,& fun. Perhaps
there it is not considered מנהג עבודה
Rav Wosner concludes
that even in a camp bonfire there is reason to be מחמיר and refrain from dancing around
all fires so as not imitate עבודה זרה festivals.
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