[Avodah] Machnisei Rachamim redux

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Thu Sep 9 10:47:51 PDT 2021

On Mon, Sep 06, 2021 at 03:25:49PM -0400, Michael Poppers via Avodah wrote:
>> Why assume we are referring to mal'achim?  The Be'er Yaaqov (a commentary
>> on Selichos by R Chaim Tzevi Font) explains the following:
> OK, but other commentaries insist we indeed are praying to *malachim* (e.g.
> see https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=45016&st=&pgnum=28), so is
> what you're quoting really an explanation of the writer's intent or just
> an *ex post facto* rationale/defense?

I thought of it in a third way -- a way to both avoid potential AZ and
perishah min hatzibbur. (If your tzibbur is saying it.) A suggested
kavvanah needn't b the autor's intent. Or at least not his conscious
intent -- who knows what "motivation" was behind the ruach haqodesh?


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