[Avodah] slichot time

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Oct 19 13:36:04 PDT 2021

On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 04:08:41PM -0400, Zev Sero via Avodah wrote:
>> The word "issur" is halakhah-speak.

>> Either it is assur according to halakhah, or else there is a minhag based
>> on Qabbalah not to say selichos before midnight.

> Not true.  Kabala also speaks of issur and heter, and the mekubalim seem all
> to agree that saying selichos before midnight is assur.  Their word, not
> mine.

I have no idea what you mean.

Deaming something assur vs mutar is halakhah. Like deeming something
chiyuv vs reshus or chayav vs patur. Halakhah is the field of rulings
about behavior. The word "assur" is inherently halachic in topic.

If something is deemed prohibited for Qabbalistic reasons, that would
be a halachic decision. And we can discuss whether darshinan taamei
hamitzvos, etc...

But I am not there yet. I'm still lost on the idea of a non-halachic

If you are saying something is mutar according to halakhah but prohibited,
the only prohibition left that I know of is minhag. And there are plenty
Qabbalistic minhagim.

Tir'u baTov!

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