Tuesday, October 13, 2020




                 הקפות CONTROVERSY

In שלחן ערוך Hl. Shabbos & in Hl. YomTov the מחבר
writes ולא מרקדין  one may not dance on Shabbos/YomTov.

The רמ"א writes the reason we do not protest against the dancers  on Shabbos,  because מוטב שיהו שוגגין- and
also today the reason for the גזירה is not so prevalent .

הקפות (even without dancing) on Simchas Torah is
not mentioned in טור  or שלחן ערוך.

It is, the רמ"א, who writes about the מנהג of הקפות, but there is no mention of dancing.

The משנה ברורה quotes the מהרי"ק , based on רב האי גאון,
the מנהג of dancing on Simchas Torah.

ר' האי גאון was מתיר dancing on Simchas Torah being
it is the second day Yom Tov (דרבנן) (the מ"ב doesn’t mention 1st reason) and it’s done לכבוד the Torah.

In Frankfurt the Minhag of הקפות was first introduced
by R.S.R. Hirsch zt”l. Until then הקפות  on Simchas Torah
was unheard of.

One of the Gedolim in his times, R. Zalman Geiger zt”l protested poetically (Note the rhyme, wit and
wisdom) against   this Polish* Minhag of הקפות*

 רמ"א* (Cracow)





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