[Avodah] The Performing Kiddush Prior to Tekiyas Shofar Puzzle
Prof. Levine via Avodah
avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Thu Sep 10 10:54:54 PDT 2015
Picture, if you will, the hallowed halls of almost any Yeshivah,
almost anywhere in the world, on Rosh Hashanah morning. As the
strains of Shiras Chanah conclude, followed by the post-Haftarah
brachos, there suddenly is a loud bang on the Bimah and the Gabbai
calls out "Kiddush!" Most of those assembled take a break for a quick
Kiddush and then return for the day's main Mitzvah - the Tekiyas
Shofar, the Blowing of the Shofar. The reciting of 'Lamnatzeach' soon
reach a crescendo, not unlike a deafening roar, as the congregation
eagerly anticipates and prepares for the Shofar Blowing.
Although this is indeed the common custom in almost every Yeshivah,
curiously, the idea of making Kiddush and eating prior to the main
Mitzvah of the day is considered an anathema to some. In fact, the
Matteh Efraim, who is considered the authority on issues relating to
the Yomim Nora'im, writes that it is actually prohibited to eat
before Tekiyas Shofar, barring if one is weak, and, even only then, a
small 'Te'imah', tasting of food, in private, is allowed. If so,
why do so many make Kiddush and eat before Tekiyas Shofar?
To sum up the matter, and although this dilemma is quite complicated,
one must ascertain from his knowledgeable halachic authority, as well
as taking his personal situation, strength level, and minhag into
account, as to what to do on Rosh Hashanah morning.
Postscript: One interesting upshot of this machlokes seems to be the
recent proliferation of Vasikin Minyanim on Rosh Hashanah. In this
way, it is possible to daven all of Shacharis and Mussaf and still be
able to make Kiddush after completing davening but still before
Chatzos, as well as gain all the spiritual benefits of 'Davening
Haneitz'. A seemingly excellent way to avoid spiritual conflict
on the Day of Judgment, all the while literally fulfilling the
Rambam's famous dictum (Hilchos Teshuvah Ch. 3: 4) of 'Uru Yesheinim
Mi'shnascham, Wake up you slumberers, from your sleep', for the
clarion call of the Shofar.
See the above URL for more.
Any one living in Flatbush is welcome to come to the YI of Ave J
Haskama Minyan on RH morning. We start at 7:15 and davening will be
over by 11:30 (with Musaf). Then there is plenty of time to go home
and make kiddush before Chatzos. Davening is on the second floor in
the Simcha Hall.
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