web analytics
July 3, 2015 / 16 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post


Daf Yomi

Daf-Yomi-logo

Pidyon Haben In The Afternoon?
‘…The First Reads Hallel Out Loud’
(Rosh Hashanah 32b)

The Mishnah states that Hallel on Yom Tov should be recited by the chazzan who leads Shacharis; it should not be pushed off to Mussaf. The Gemara asks why not. Wouldn’t it be better to say Hallel when there are more people present in shul in conformity with the rule of “berov am hadras melech – the king’s glory is in a multitude of people”?

The Gemara answers that, as a rule, a mitzvah should be performed as early as possible and the zealous hasten to perform mitzvos as soon as the opportunity presents itself (“zerizin makdimin l’mitzvos”).

Why, then, do we wait until Mussaf to the fulfill the mitzvah of shofar? R. Yohanan states that the authorities forbade blowing shofar and, therefore, Rashi explains, the Jews waited until Mussaf to flfill this mitzvah since the authorities wouldn’t be paying attention at that time. (Knowing that Jews like to perform mitzvos as soon as possible, the authorities were only on the lookout for offenders during the morning.)

 

Pidyon Haben

The Sedei Chemed (Kelallim, Hilchot Pidyon Ha’ben, topic 39) wonders why it is customary to perform pidyon haben ceremonies in the afternoon. He argues that they should be performed early in the morning in conformity with the principle of zerizin makdimin l’mitzvos.

 

In defense of the common practice he suggests that people began pushing off the pidyon haben to the late afternoon (after the work day) to enable more relatives and friends to attend since it is preferable to perform a mitzvah in the presence of a large crowd.

 

The Custom In Izmir (Turkey)

The Sedei Chemed, however, rejects this justification. He gleans from our Gemara that when there is a conflict between berov am (performing a mitzvah in the presence of a large crowd) and zerizin makdimin l’mitzvos (performing a mitzvah early), zerizin takes precedence since the Gemara clearly rules that Hallel is recited during Shacharis even though there a larger crowd will be present during Mussaf. Indeed, the Sedei Chemed reports that the minhag in Izmir and its environs was to perform a pidyon haben early in the morning, just like a bris milah.

 

A Justification

In Imrei Yosher (Vol. 2:132) we find a justification for our custom to hold the pidyon haben in the afternoon (after chatzos hayom). He explains that we take into account those who opine that we shouldn’t redeem a child until a full month (which is 29 days and close to 13 hours) after his birth has passed. Thus, if the child was born at the end of the day immediately before shekiah, it is possible that during the summer months in northern countries (at higher latitudes) that the month will not be complete on the 31st day until shortly before chatzos.

Responsa Noda BiYehuda (Mahadura Tanina 187) notes that due to the above reason we are strict in our custom not to redeem a child at night, on the eve of the 31st day.

About the Author: RABBI YAAKOV KLASS, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com. RABBI GERSHON TANNENBAUM, rav of Congregation Bnai Israel of Linden Heights, Boro Park, Brooklyn, is the Director of Igud HaRabbanim – The Rabbinical Alliance of America.


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 “Daf Yomi”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rocket that hit a field in the Eshkol region on July 3, 2015
ISIS-Linked Sinai Terrorists Attempt to Drag Israel Into War With Rocket Fire
Latest Judaism Stories
Rabbi Avi Weiss

With Ruth, The Torah seems to be stating that children shouldn’t be punished for the sins of parents

Neihaus-070315

Without a foundation, one cannot hope to build a structure.

Torat-Hakehillah-logo-NEW

Why do we have a parsha in Sefer Shemos named after Yisro who was not only a former idolater, but actually served as a priest for Avodah Zarah!

Q-A-Klass-logo

Question: Should we wash our hands in the bathroom with soap and water, or by pouring water from a vessel with handles three times, alternating hands? I have heard it said that a vessel is used only in the morning upon awakening. What are the rules pertaining to young children? What is the protocol if no vessel is available? Additionally, may we dry our hands via an electric dryer?

Harry Koenigsberg
(Via E-Mail)

This Land Is ‘My’ Land
‘[If The Vow Was Imposed] In The Seventh Year…’
(Nedarim 42b)

The Shulchan Aruch in the very first siman states that one should rise in the morning like a lion, implying that simply rising form bed requires strength of a lion, in line with the Midrash.

Attempts to interpret the message of Hashem in the absence of divine prophecy ultimately may twist that message in unintended ways that can lead to calamitous events.

Suddenly, the pilot’s voice could be heard. He explained that this was a special day for those passengers on board who lived in Israel.

If the sick person is thrust into a situation where he is compelled to face his sickness head on, we who are not yet sick can encourage him by facing it with him.

All agree that Jews ARE different. How? Why? The Bible’s answer is surprising and profound.

What’s the nation of Israel’s purpose in the world? How we can bring God’s blessings into the world?

“Is there a difference between rescuing and other services?” asked Ploni.

To my dismay, I’ve seen that shidduch candidates with money become ALL desirable traits for marriage

Bil’am’s character is complex and nuanced; neither purely good nor purely evil.

Amalek, our ultimate foe, understood that when unified, we are invincible and indestructible.

More Articles from Rabbi Yaakov Klass and Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
Daf-Yomi-logo

This Land Is ‘My’ Land
‘[If The Vow Was Imposed] In The Seventh Year…’
(Nedarim 42b)

Daf-Yomi-logo

My Plate, My Food
‘My Loaf Is Forbidden To You’
(Nedarim 34b)

Not As An Asmachta?
“An Asmachta [In Beis Din] Does Acquire”
(Nedarim 27b)

Ulla’s Murderous Companion
‘Yes! Cut Him Even Deeper’
(Nedarim 22a)

An Enduring Text
‘If One Vows By The Torah…’
(Nedarim 14b)

Casting A Doubt
‘Shall We Say [They] Are Not Valid?’
(Nedarim 5a-7a)

The Honor Of Reading The Kesubah
‘Witnesses Sign Only After Reading…’
(Kesubos 109a)

Twice Promised
“Such And Such [I Give My Son]…”
(Kesubos 102b)

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/daf-yomi-133/2014/06/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: