Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lying through song at the Shabbos table


Some are concerned regarding singing Shabbat songs when the words don't apply, out of concern for uttering falsehood. For example, they suggest not to sing Tzur miShelo, which says "we have imbibed His wine", if one has not personally imbibed wine.

Others disagree with this concern, contending that despite the first-person language, it is meant to refer to what people do in general. Nonetheless, it would be good to sing the song at the end of the meal rather than the middle, to satisfy the language of "we have been sated, and we have left some over".

[Rivivot Ephraim does not address another popular Tzur miShelo question: whether singing this song, which is designed to summarize Birkat haMazon, might qualify as an act of Birkat haMazon in itself.]

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:223:10)

Have a great day,

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