web analytics
December 29, 2014 / 7 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Why Do We Say Korbanot?

Cohen-Rabbi-J-Simcha

Question: What is the purpose of reciting korbanot in the morning?

Answer: The Gemara states that whoever reads the passages concerning korbanot is reckoned as if he actually brought a korban.

The Mishnah Berurah writes (Orach Chayim 48:1) that this means “studying in order to understand the details involved in the sacrifice and not merely saying the words.” Without understanding what the Hebrew words mean, a person does not receive the zechut of being deemed as if he brought a sacrifice. There is no reward for merely reciting korbanot.

The Aruch Hashulchan, however, takes a different approach. He states (Orach Chayim 48:1) that “whenever the relevant passages are read, it is deemed as if a sacrifice was brought.” At no point does he even suggest that it is necessary to study or comprehend the meaning of the sacrificial passages.

The disagreement between the Mishnah Berurah and the Aruch Hashulchan may stem from the following: The Magen Avraham points out (Orach Chayim 50:2) that there is a major difference between the mitzvah of studying Torah and davening. Torah must be understood. If it is not understood, there is no mitzvah of Talmud Torah. Prayer on the other hand, is valid even without comprehension. As long as the general intention is proper – as long as one has kavanah – understanding is not essential because Hashem knows the true intentions of the person who is praying.

The Mishnah Berurah perhaps maintains that saying korbanot is a fulfillment of the mitzvah of Talmud Torah and by doing that mitzvah one receives the reward of having actually brought a korban. Since it is the mitzvah of Talmud Torah that we’re talking about, a person must truly understand the passage. If he doesn’t, he perhaps need not to say it.

The Aruch Hashulchan, however, possibly maintains that reciting korbanot is a form of davening and therefore doesn’t require understanding. Accordingly, as long as a person has the proper general intentions, he reaps the benefits even without understanding what he’s saying.

Regardless of the rationale for the different views, it is apparent that according to the Mishnah Berurah’s ruling, there is no value in reciting the korbanot passages in the morning without understanding their meaning. The minhag ha’olam, however, doesn’t seem to conform to this ruling. It seems to comport more with that of the Aruch Hashulchan.

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 “Why Do We Say Korbanot?”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
IDF soldiers on patrol in Samaria.
IDF Confronts Terrorists on Two Fronts; One Rock-Thrower Killed
Latest Judaism Stories
Torah-Hakehillah-121914

Why is the tzitzis reminder on our clothing? How does it remind us that there are 613 mitzvos?

Grunfeld-Raphael-logo

The court cannot solely rely on death certificates issued by non-Jewish institutions without conducting its own investigation into the facts of the case.

Business-Halacha-logo

“I’m still not sure we have a right to damage his property,” said Mrs. Schloss. “Can you ask someone?”

Rabbi Sacks

Jacob’s blessing of Ephraim over Manasseh had nothing to do with age and everything to do with names

Slavery was universal; So, why was Egypt targeted in this object lesson?

Rav Akiva Eiger is assuming that the logic of the halacha that both the son and his mother are obligated to honor his father and therefore he must honor his fathers wishes first, is a mathematical equation.

The first requirement is a king must admit when he is wrong.

Reward And Punishment
‘Masser Rishon For The levi’im’
(Yevamos 86a)

Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity.

M. Goldman
(Via E-mail)

Reb Shlomo Zalman could not endure honorifics applied to him because of his enormous humility

Because we see these events as world changing, as moments in history, they become part of us forever.

They stammer “I’m not Orthodox,” as if that absolves them from the responsibility of calling to G-d

It’s fascinating how sources attain the status “traditional,” or its equivalent level of kashrus.

She was determined that the Law class was Dina’s best chance of finding a husband, and that was the real reason she wanted her to go to college.

But who would have ever guessed that Hashem would unlock the key to the birth on same day as the English anniversary of our wedding.

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

Once this took place, no Beit Din could annul its practice but for an entirely different reason. A minhag accepted by klal Yisrael becomes an obligation that must be practiced.

Cohen-080814-Sign

Is God apologizing for taking away my Father? Is God telling me that He is sorry?

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

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/why-do-we-say-korbanot/2013/01/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: