Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Berachah on a shul tallit


The Mishneh Berurah says to recite a berachah upon putting on a tallit owned by one's shul, but that is not the general practice for one who ascends to the Torah. Reasons not to recite the berachah include:

1) The fact that one generally does not wrap himself in such a tallit (ituf);

2) The fact that one dons the tallit only for the sake of the honour of the community, and not for one's own sake;

3) Concern that the tallit may not be strung properly.

One approach to avoid requiring a berachah is to declare beforehand that one abandons any share he owns in the tallit as a member of the synagogue. Thus it is a borrowed tallit, and one does not recite a berachah on a borrowed tallit.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:21)

Have a great day,

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