[Avodah] S"A 167:4 - ten fingers on your challah
micha at aishdas.org
Wed Mar 11 13:02:48 PDT 2020
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 11:45:42AM -0500, Sholom Simon via Avodah wrote:
> The Mechaber, at 167:4, notes that when we say hamotzie, we should be
> holding the challah with 10 fingers, and he then proceeds to give six
> different reasons. (I'll add the the Tur also gives a number of reasons).
> This seems kind of rare for the S"A to do that. Does anybody know why he
> does so here?
Never found an answer, and a month later, I'm giving up.
BUT, I liked the Y-mi's explanation at the end of Challah pereq 1 (vilna
daf 9b) <https://www.sefaria.org/Jerusalem_Talmud_Hallah.9b.2> cited
at the SA ad loc by the Gra -- OC 167 s"q 4
The ten fingers are a reminder of the 10 mitzvos it took to get the
1- Lo sacharosh - Not plowing with a kelaim of animals
2- Bal tizra - Not planting kelaim
3- Bal tachsom - Not muzzling the animals to keep them from eating
8- Maaser Rishon
9- Maaser Sheini (or Maaser Ani, depending on the year, though not
mentioned in the Y-mi)
Micha Berger The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call
http://www.aishdas.org/asp life which is required to be exchanged for it,
Author: Widen Your Tent immediately or in the long run.
- https://amzn.to/2JRxnDF - Henry David Thoreau
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