Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 

Siman 29 . [Untitled]

29:1. (1) One should not make any blessing when taking off tefillin; even when taking them off late Friday afternoon (2) close to Shabbos.

MB 1: One should not make a blessing - This ruling was necessary, because in the Talmud we see that those from Western countries used to make the blessing 'that he sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to keep his statutes' after they took off their tefillin at night. Their opinion was that nighttime is not the time for tefillin, which they derived from the verse 'and you shall keep this statute for its time for all your days' which implies days but not nights. [They therefore believed that removing their tefillin at night was in response to an explicit commandment, warranting a blessing.] Our opinion is that this verse is intended for a different topic, as is explained in the Talmud -- and we rule that tefillin can actually be worn at night, just that the Rabbis decreed that one should preferably not put them on because he might fall asleep in them and let out gas [which is forbidden while wearing tefillin, as we learned earlier.]

MB 2: Close to Shabbos - This is true even though we rule that Shabbos and Yom Tov are not times for tefillin - and we even say that should he put them on for the purpose of fulfilling the commandment, he transgresses the commandment of 'don't add [to the commandments].' Still, since one does not violate the Torah if he puts them on _without_ the intention of fulfilling the commandment - only the Rabbinic decree, which was made to prevent him from accidentally wearing them into a public domain (and there are even those who disagree with this as well, as will be explained later in Siman 31) - therefore he should not make a blessing, because he fulfills no mitzvah by removing his tefillin. Rather, he is only taking them off because of the Rabbinic decree.

--Shmuel-Weidberg--shmuel@io.org--Toronto-Canada--

sha-30

Although this Halacha was intended for last Shabbos, it is now actually Wednesday. Therefore let both this _and_ the Halacha for 12 Av be dedicated l'aliyas nishmos [as a merit for the soul of] Pesach ben Shimon Ephraim Olesker.


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

How Yosef Got His Job
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

To Fergin or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Bonding Time
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

ArtScroll

Yosef Recognizes His Brothers
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Hey, Looks Like Supper!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

A Legacy of Deceit
Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein - 5762

> Tithing All His Possessions
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

What’s a Meta-phor?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Fourteen Sleepless Years
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Brothers in Arms
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

What Miracle?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

A Killing Prayer
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Shadowy Existence
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Spreading the Word
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information