web analytics
August 1, 2014 / 5 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Visiting IDF bases and receiving briefings from IDF officers. Ultimate Mission – November 2014

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!



Anim Z’mirot (Part II)


Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha

Question: May Anim Z’mirot be said without a minyan?

Response: Some people think the answer to this question is no because they think Anim Z’mirot is a davar she’bikedushah by dint of the fact that people stand and open the aron during its recital, which is done in a responsive fashion.

However, people stand and answer responsively during the recital of Lecha Dodi and yet it is not a davar she’bikedushah since it can be said without a minyan present. Furthermore, the tefillah of Avinu Malkeinu is recited responsively, with all standing, while the aron is open, and yet, the Mateh Efraim (584:14) rules that it can be said even without a minyan. This ruling is based on the p’sak of the Taz and Aruch HaShulchan (Yoreh Deah 242) that the public only stands during Avinu Malkeinu because it is custom, not law.

The commentary of the K’tzeh Hamateh (HaRav Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich) cites numerous sages that agree with this ruling. Yet, he also cites a number of gedolim who disagree and maintain that Avinu Malkeinu can only be said with a minyan. Indeed, the Gemara (Ta’anit 25b) states that Rav Akiva went down to the teivah to say Avinu Malkeinu. This clearly implies that it was recited as part of a minyan.

Interestingly, the very custom of standing for Avinu Malkeinu or Anim Z’mirot may be at the root of the machloket. Perhaps standing for these tefillot (due to the aron being open) automatically transforms them into divrei she’bikedushah. If they do, then these tefillot may only be said with a minyan. If they don’t, they need not be.

About the Author: Rabbi Cohen, a Jerusalem Prize recipient, is the author of eight sefarim on Jewish law. His latest, “Jewish Prayer the Right Way” (Urim Publications), is available at Amazon.com and select Judaica stores.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Anim Z’mirot (Part II)”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
A Palestinian showing the money he withdrew from an ATM in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
10:03am Cease Fire Broken, Collect Your Bets (Latest Alert: 10:50am)
Latest Judaism Stories
Lessons-Emunah-logo

Edward was completely mystified, yet had no choice but to obey his captain’s orders.

Daf-Yomi-logo

The Gender Factor
‘Where There Is Loss Of Work…
Three Are Called To The Torah’
(Megillah 22b)

Questions-Answers-logo

Question: Is there a special prayer or specific role for prayer when the totality of the Jewish people is in danger?

Grunfeld-Raphael-NEW

To properly fulfill the mitzvah of listening to the megillah, each word must be heard.

Criticism is but one step below a verbal attack. It isn’t quite as pointed, not quite as aggressive – but not that far off.

The talmid is not allowed to speak up due to any fear. If he remains silent, he is in violation of this prohibition.

One must act as if everything depends on us and pray as if everything depends on God.

When Yoram got home that evening, he went over to Effy: “My day camp is looking for extra supervision for an overnight trip,” he said. “Would you like to come? They’re paying $250 for the trip.”

Unlike the two and a half tribes, when we walk in front of G-d, we must be perfect in our motivation

When someone exercises power over us, they diminish us; when someone teaches us, they help us grow.

Just as the moon waxes, wanes and renews itself, so has the nation of Israel renewed itself through the millennia.

Parshat Masei: Rabbi Fohrman addresses the age-old question, are we our brother’s keeper?

When Germany invaded neutral Belgium on August 4, England declared war on Germany. Thus, by the end of the first week of August all the major powers of Europe were at war.

The Talmud teaches that the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred.

When taking any major step in life it is a good idea to carefully re-evaluate one’s past.

More Articles from Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha-NEW

Question: At Birkat Kohanim, who says the phrase, “Am k’doshecha ka’amur”?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha-NEW

Question: How can one determine whether someone is a true disciple of a rav, Rebbe, or rosh yeshiva?

Question: Does halacha agree with the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade permitting women to have abortions?

Question: When someone puts on a talit to lead services, should he recite a berachah?

Question: A number of synagogues feature bar mitzvah celebrations for elderly Jews. Is this proper?

Hashem understood their complaint and therefore selected the ritual mitzvah of sukkah to test them.

Question: Why is Shavuot celebrated as a two-day Yom Tov?

Question: Can one fulfill the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer via shome’a k’oneh (listening to someone else say the necessary words without saying anything oneself)?

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?

    • Yes, it was a direct order from Obama and Kerry's to hurt Israel into submission. (46%, 962 Votes)

    • Yes, Obama and Kerry gave the FAA a "hint" to to hurt Israel into submission. (18%, 376 Votes)

    • Yes, it was simply understood from the administration's anti-Israel atmosphere. (9%, 199 Votes)

    • No, it was a professional decision for the safety of US citizens. (18%, 378 Votes)

    • No, it was simply an unprofessional decision by unthinking bureaucrats. (9%, 182 Votes)

    Total Voters: 2,097

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/anim-z%e2%80%99mirot-part-ii/2011/11/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: