Monday, October 3, 2022

Too Offensive





"מנהג כפרות on Erev Yom Kippur is a מנהג שטות"

The מחבר in שלחן ערוך O.Ch.# 605, writes that you should
refrain from the מנהג כפרות with chickens.

In the בית יוסף on the טור, he quotes the רמב"ן who writes 
that it is אסור because of דרכי אמורי.

The רמ"א defends the מנהג and claims it is an old מנהג
and we should follow it since it originates from the גאונים.

The first eighteen editions of the שלחן ערוך (first 4 during
the lifetime of the בית יוסף)  had this header 
 "מנהג כפרות בערב יו"כ מנהג של שטות הוא"

In the later editions of the שלחן ערוך, the words 
מנהג של שטות הוא were removed.

The ש"ך  
חו"מ שפ"ו ס"ק ד, holds that the מחבר (בית יוסף) himself
was the one who wrote the headers for every סימן in שו"ע.

It would be interesting to know who decided that the
words the בית יוסף himself wrote were too offensive and
had to be replaced.
(Probably not the government censors)





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