Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shehecheyanu on New Tallit

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. When one puts on a new tallith for the first time, one should recite the berachah 'shehehyanu after the berachah 'lehith'attef.'  It is not customary to recite 'she-heheyanu' over a new tallith qatan, because a tallith qatan is not usually made of material of such good quality that the wearer would derive any special pleasure when he puts it on for the first time (cf. parashath Re'eh, 1-4).  If, however, one did make the tallith qatan from an expensive or good quality material, and one did experience some pleasure when first wearing it, one should recite the berachah 'shehehyanu.'

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

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