Sunday, October 19, 2008

Too much stuff, not enough hands, + oops = ouch

This morning, I forgot to take off my tefillin before Hallel. Have you ever tried to hold a lulav, an etrog, and a siddur (prayer book) while wearing tefillin? Good luck. It certainly didn't do my carpal tunnel syndrome any good, lemme tell ya--ouch, literally. Maybe, in addition to showing respect for the holiday, there's a practical reason for taking off tefillin before reciting the Hallel on Chol HaMoed Sukkot.


Blogger Elie said...

I was thinking the same thing - otherwise, why do we wait to take them off until before musaf on Rosh Chodesh, but take them off before hallel on chol hamoed?

Mon Oct 20, 11:48:00 AM 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even in my O shul the majority of people didn't wear tefillin during chol hamoed. Now you know why.

Wed Oct 22, 11:22:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Eli and Woodrwo, the "official" explanation (assuming, that there's only one, which is unlikely :) ) that I heard recently was that a person who wears tefillin on Chol HaMoed takes them off before Hallel in order to distinguish Chol HaMoed from a (mere?) Rosh Chodesh. But I agree that the difficulty of holding a lulav and etrog while wearing tefillin may be a more logical reason.

Thu Oct 23, 11:42:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Oops, sorry about the typo, Woodrow.

Thu Oct 23, 11:43:00 AM 2008  
Blogger B.BarNavi said...

Not wearing tefillin on HH"M is Lurianic. I wouldn't be surprised if many O congregants did so.

Fri Oct 24, 02:59:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Lurianic? I'm too much of a rationalist to have much interest in Kabbalah.

Sun Oct 26, 02:05:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Nachum said...

I've never seen a single person wear tefillin on Chol HaMoed in Israel. It's pretty rare in the US, too.

Sun Oct 26, 03:44:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I have heard that it's not done in Israel. I'm honestly not sure about the U.S. I haven't participated in enough Chol HaMoed morning minyanim in enough different synagogues to have seen a representative sample.

Mon Oct 27, 10:44:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Elie said...

In the US, in many/most Ashkenaz shuls, you will find half the men wearing tefillin on chol hamoed, and half not wearing them. It seems to be a matter of family minhag. In Israel, I have heard, the universal minhag is not to wear them.

Tue Oct 28, 03:48:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks for the info, Elie.

Tue Oct 28, 11:35:00 PM 2008  

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