Friday, September 8, 2023

No זכות אבות anymore?

 

- --רחמנא אידכר לן זכותיה 

 

The גמרא שבת נ"ה states: תמה זכות אבות. The זכות אבות has expired and we can no longer depend on it.

Meforshim ask: Numerous times in davening we do claim זכות אבות?
(---אלוקי אברהם)

Mori V'Rabi Harav Hagaon R. Shlomo Miller Shlita said that when חז"ל  said תמה זכות אבות It lasts only for a certain number of generations it applies only to יחידים.  Individuals living today have no זכות אבות anymore because our generation is too distant away from the אבות.

However, this does not apply to the ציבור, since אין ציבור מתים. The ציבור of today is considered the same ציבור as the first generation. The ציבור of מתן תורה (or of any generation) is the same ציבור as of today.  Therefore, the ציבור of today does have זכות אבות.

 

 

 

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