Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Having a Jew who violates Shabbat publicly perform nesiut kappayim


A kohen who violates Shabbat in public because of desire for money rather than out of disbelief in the Torah may perform נשיאות כפים (the blessing of the kohanim), in a community where people who do that are normally permitted to perform the blessing. It is known that such violation is not out of rejection of the Torah.

However, a community is empowered to prohibit this practice, even if it means the blessing will not take place at all, in order to discourage desecration of Shabbat.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 1:33)

Have a great day,

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