December 16, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #611586
an israeli was describing what birchas kohanim looks like in e”y during the snow. with all the koihanim spending hours either removing their knee high boots, or layers of plastic bags.
Which led to wander, in chu”l the koihanim leave their shoes outisde the shul. i understand that in e”y they duhcen every day, but it doesn;t sound respectful to take off their shoes in shul.
Also does it say that one has to take plastic bage off one;s feet for duchening??December 16, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #994417
Also in e”y they are busy putting their shoes back on; in chu@l they just leave them till the end of davenningDecember 17, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am #994418LevAryehMember
I’ve never seen any of the phenomena you describe as being from Chutz La’aretz. I’ve always seen the kohanim taking their shoes off in the BM, and I’ve always seen them putting them right back on.
As far as plastic bags, the Mishneh Berurah does say that socks need not be taken off, so that might also apply to plastic bags. On the other hand, things that attract the eye’s attention to the feet or hands may not be worn (because they cause hesech hada’as on the part of the kehilla), so plastic bags might fall under that category.December 17, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am #994419
Even this thread showed 4 posts, and i was sure at least two people had answered.
LAB. i davven in a more yekish style decorous shul so it ight be a bit diffferent.
What does your name mean by the way?December 17, 2013 1:46 pm at 1:46 pm #994420takahmamashParticipant
We have two types of kohanim in our shules; some remove their shoes by their seats and walk up in socks or barefoot, while others remove their shoes by the bima. I’ve never seen any kohanim remove their shoes outside the beit knesset.
If memory serves me correctly, I believe kohanim in America did the same thing.December 17, 2013 2:38 pm at 2:38 pm #994421LevAryehMember
Click my name and look at the URL.December 17, 2013 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #994422MDGParticipant
In my shul, we remove by the seats. The only time I leave my shoes in the lobby is when I have to leave ASAP. Also they are neatly put next to or under a table or chair.
BTW, those of us who do Birkat Kohanim often get slip-on shoes. Or we just aren’t so careful with tying laces. I have gone hours without tying my shoes, including going to work with them untied. If you see a frum person in E”Y with untied laces, he is possibly a Kohein.
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