Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 128:7
The Month of Elul

7. [Regarding the choice of a person] to lead the Selichos, and the High Holiday prayers, the congregation should be discriminating ("yedak'deku"), and choose a highly respectable man, who is a great Torah scholar, and who is known for performing good deeds, to the extent that it is possible to find such a person. He should be at least thirty years old, for by then, his hot-blooded passions of his youth will have subsided, and his personal desires will have been subdued. He should also be married, with children, for then he will pour out his heart, and beg for mercy from the bottom of his heart (1).

Similarly, [regarding the choice of ] a person to blow the shofar [on Rosh Hashana], and a person to prompt the shofar blower, the congregation should be discriminating, and choose men who are G-d fearing, Torah scholars. However, any male Jew is eligible to perform all [the aforementioned functions], provided he is acceptable to the congregation. If one sees that [one's appointment] will cause a quarrel, one should withdraw oneself, even though someone unsuitable will take the position.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) If there is a choice between a G-d fearing, Torah scholar, who is single and less than thirty, and a married man above thirty, who is not a Torah scholar, the job should be given to the Torah scholar (Mishna Berura 581:13).

Back  Paragraph 6  Table of Contents  Paragraph 8 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON KI SISA AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Divine Distinction
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Deadly Compromises
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

Knowing Why and When To Say When
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Greatest Accolade Given To Mordechai
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

The Game is Over
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

The Soul of Prayer
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

ArtScroll

Our Story is History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Parashas Parah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Master of the Obvious
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Purim's Dark Hour
Rabbi Eliezer Ginzburg - 5765

The Amalek Within Us
Shlomo Katz - 5764

In Defense of Haman
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

> The Hamantash - Food for Thought
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Fulfill Your Potential
Shlomo Katz - 5764

From Calf to Cow
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Moshe: The Perfect Leader
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information