Tuesday, May 30, 2006

People Are People

Once upon a time I was rabbi-ing on the seventh day of Pesach and right before the Omer in davening someone told me to be sure to announce that people could count with a bracha on the seventh night even if they had erred earlier and weren't counting with a bracha anymore. I told the fellow that this was a sophisticated detail of a Torah concept that wasn't the halacha according to everyone and that I wasn't going to announce it. He was disappointed,

Later that Yom Tov this gentleman got a stain on his shirt and immediately wet a napkin and began scrubbing it out. I thought about it and then told him that the Torah prohibition (melacha) that prohibits this activity on Shabbos applies on Yom Tov as well, although he perhaps didn't realize this. He told me that he doesn't keep everything.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuuuu, Give some mekorot(sources) for the practice, why the 7th day would be an exception, and explain and give sources for those who disagree. Half a job, gotta finish off ur checks(hockey metaphor) As a teacher you gotta use whatever chance u have to teach when it's offered. Chag Sameach. Brad

May 30, 2006 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

It's a Beis HaLeivi I believe and there's an approach too (I think Rav Chaim) that says that if you miss during the first six days not only can you say day seven with abracha but from then on! Rav Aharon Soloveitchik paskened for someone that if they didn't feel uncomfortable with this they could do it. It all stems from the fact that in the Torah there's a separate command to count days and to cou nt weeks.

May 31, 2006 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Mirty, true. Tuesday, yes.

Perhaps one day the book will be written of the attention grabbers and the double standards. The toga party story has many ancelaries...

June 4, 2006 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Batya said...

EVERYONE makes their own list of priorities. It's part of human nature. Like the "dieters" who must have non-sugar sweetner in the coffee, which they drink with regular "full-sugar" cake.

June 5, 2006 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Yes, Muse (and everyone else) humans are flawed. But it's those fatal flaws we need to watch out for.

June 16, 2006 at 8:45 AM  

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