Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Removing the Tallit for the Bathroom

With H-shem's help, we have begun learning Hilchot Tzitzit with the Ben Ish Chai, Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad. The sefer is translated by Shmuel Hiley and published by Yeshivath Ahavath Shalom Publications in Jerusalem 5765/2005. He calls the names of the Chapters by the names of Parashiot, so instead of Chapter One, the first chapter is called Parashath Bereshith, Laws of Ziziyoth. Please note these are for learning purposes only.  For the halacha lemaaseh, i.e. for what to do yourself please ask your own Rav.  

Parashath Bereshith, Laws of Ziziyoth, Page 6-7: This is a long entry so we will break it up over a few days, BE"H
10. {One must, however, take off the tallith gadhol before entering a lavatory.}  When one takes off the tallith gadhol in order to enter the lavatory, or for some other reason, with the intention of putting it back on again immediately afterwards, there is no need to recite the berachah over it a second time.

(Even though Maran z'l is of the opinion that one should repeat the berachah, we rule that in a case of halachic uncertainty over berachoth one should take the more lenient view (and not recite the berachah), even when this goes against the ruling of Maran z'l.)

This learning should be in memory of Maran, HaRav HaGaon Ovadia Yosef, ztz'l.

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