Monday, March 19, 2007

Daf Yomi - Moed Katan 8 - RECITAL OF THE BLESSING ON THE NEW MOON ON SHABBOS AND YOM TOV

Teshuvos Shvus Yaakov (3:31)cites a teshuva from the Ramah Mipano that prohibits fulfilling the mitzva of reciting the blessing on the new moon during the festival or on Shabbos on the account of the principle that one may not intermingle one joyous occasion with another.

The Shvus Yaakov asks: It is understandable regarding the festival when there is an obligation of joy, but why should it be forbidden on Shabbos? There is no mitzvah of joy on Shabbos?

Furthermore, why would it be forbidden on Yom Tov? Our Gemora states: One should not marry on the festival because the joy one has with his wife will push away the joy of the festival or because the groom will exert himself on account of the joy beyond what is permitted during Chol Hamoed. The recital of the blessing on the moon does not entail any excessive exertion and it stands to reason that we should not be concerned that the joy of fulfilling this mitzva will push away the joy of the festival. What is the basis for the Ramah Mipano’s prohibition?

5 comments:

Eliezer said...

Maybe we can see from Tosfos that even a Pidyon Haben is questionable on Chol Hamoed because of the prohibition of intermingling simchos, so we see that not only excessive exertion or the joy of one's wife are reasons to not do anything connected to another simcha.

Avromi said...

pidyon haben has a shaila of shehechiyonu and the mitva is rare - simcha makes more sense there, but kiddush levana...........?

ben said...

Interestingly, the Shaar HaTziyun 426:12 quotes Rema Mipanao and adds that al pi pshuto, the reason for not being allowed to do kiddush leavanah on Shabbos is because one may come to dance, which is assur on Shabbos (see there for elaboration) so we can suggest that kiddush levanah entails exertion of joy when one dances.

Avromi said...

I'm not sure why youre mixing the dancing and extra exertion. Dancing is prohobited because of shema yesaken kli shir.

Avromi said...

Once you brought this up, it actually makes sense to somehow connect the dancing to the simcha - what is the mekor to dance by kiddush levanah?