Friday, February 02, 2007

The Ben Ish Chai's Prayer For Tu B'Shevat


Received via e-mail from Rabbi Tal Zwecker:

The Bnei Yisaschar (Month of Shevat, 2:2) writes that "A person should pray on Tu B'Shevat to find a kosher, beautiful, mehudar esrog with which to fulfill the mitzvah."

This prayer for a beautiful Esrog and song for Tu B'Shvat was composed by the great author of Ben Ish Chai.

9 Comments:

At February 2, 2007 at 12:41:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tenka Rov, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Friedman zt'l, in sefer Chemed Shlomo says to also daven for parnasa (livelihood)on Tu BiShvat because "Ilan" (tree) is a symbol of livelihood and it also has the same numerical value (91) as the first letters of poseach es yodecha (which means Hashem opens his hand).

 
At February 2, 2007 at 2:01:00 PM EST, Blogger yaak said...

It's interesting because I read in the Halacha Yomit from the writings of Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a the following:
ומכל מקום, אף שביום ט"ו בשבט לא דנים ממש מה יעלה בגורלם של האילנות באותה שנה, מכל מקום כתב רבינו יוסף חיים מבבל, שידוע הוא, שיש קבלה ביד חכמי אשכנז ז"ל, שצריך לבקש ביום ט"ו בשבט באופן מיוחד על האתרוג, שיזדמן לישראל אתרוג טוב ויפה בחג הסוכות

This would imply then that the Ben Ish Hai himself said that this Minhag came from Hachmei Ashkenaz.

 
At February 2, 2007 at 3:42:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are also 2 small tefilos for a nice esrog in Likutei Tefilos

 
At February 2, 2007 at 3:56:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a link to PDF of Likutei Tefilos online. The tefilos for esrog on on pages 72-73.
http://www.moharan.com/pages_album/texte_livres/liktef.pdf

 
At February 2, 2007 at 4:19:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure to print the tefilot before Shabbat.

 
At February 3, 2007 at 8:01:00 PM EST, Blogger FrumWithQuestions said...

Over shabbos it was questioned whether or not you can actually say these tefillahs since they might constitute bakashot which are forbidden on shabbos. I accidently did not recite them today because of that question and because I did not have time. I was also told there is a question about having four cups in a TubiShvat seder because it might contitute adding on a mitzvah which is also prohibited.

 
At February 3, 2007 at 8:18:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to: frumwithquestions-
Since Shabbos was the only time to say these tefilos (since Tu Bshvat came out on Shabbos), many poskim permit the saying of these tefilos. Ask your local Orthodox Rabbi.

 
At February 3, 2007 at 11:37:00 PM EST, Anonymous A Yid said...

Ben Ish Chay was very well familiar with Sifrey Chasidus.

 
At January 17, 2008 at 2:51:00 PM EST, Anonymous TorontoYid said...

see the sefer "Nitei Gavriel" where he brings a 15 Shvat tefilah for Esrog and says it is permissible to recite on Shabbos because it is a "tefilah" and not a"techinah" .

 

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