Reciting L'Dovid Hashem Ori, A Secret History

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Aug 27, 2009
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Dr. Leiman examines the dubious custom of reciting Psalm 27 in Elul and Tishrei. He sheds light on the varying customs regarding its inclusion in tefila and traces its murky liturgical origins. Given at Kehilas Degel Israel, Kew Gardens Hills

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  1. Title: Ayelet Hashachar
    Author: Steven Weisberg ,

    R. Leiman suggests that nobody would think of saying Mizmor 22 in Tehilim on Purim just because the midrash says that ayelet hashachar refers to Esther. But this is the shiur shel yom for Purim in many traditions including Gra, which he quotes for Ledovid.

    Odd to me that R. Leiman missed this. Or am I missing something?

    Steve

  2. Title: Gra and the German Practice
    Author: Steven Weisberg ,

    One gets the impression from the fascinating lecture that the Gr"a didn't say L'Dovid for reasons given in the lecture, similar to various chassidic rebbes.

    Given that the Breur's community today and in Frankfurt did not say it either, I think the explanation in both cases is that they just didn't say it because they didn't have the custom to say it. Both Gr"a and the German community resisted new practices. They needed no other justfication than preservation of traditional practice.

    Sometime not saying something is just not saying it as opposed to not saying it. :)

    Shmuel Weisberg

     

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