Sunday, October 4, 2009



We have discussed the recitation of Shma before going to sleep at night.

There is a separate practice of reciting a blessing called "HaMapil" before going to sleep at night, as a blessing upon sleep. There is some debate as to whether this blessing should precede or follow Shma. The Shulchan Aruch rules that Shma precedes HaMapil, so that one will fall asleep right after HaMapil.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 239:1; Mishneh Berurah 239:2)

Moadim l'Simchah,

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