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Thursday, July 4, 2013

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What is the significance of having the pitum on klaf?

5 comments:

  1. The Zohar says that reading it helps remove impurity from the world and the Arizal writes that a careful recitation of these passages helps bring one to repentance because as R. Hirsch says the incense was all about making our actions pleasing to God. Because the ingredients are precise and if there was variation one ‘deserves death’ - one is told to read it from a text (rather then from memory) in case you make a mistake in the reading.

    Seder Hayom states that one who fears for himself and for his soul should be put great effort into this matter to write the entire text of the Ketoret on kosher k’laf in K’tav Ashurit. The Kaf Hachim says that if you read from a k’laf then it is a segula to merit wealth and do well in business - i.e. to increase your parnassah (income). The Zohar too adds this will bring blessings for livelihood, health and peace as well as atonement.

    Part of this is derived from the fact that the incense was used to ward off a plague and so is seen as a protective charm of sorts.

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  2. Yes, basically it's a segulah for ashirus...

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  3. It's certainly a Parnassah for the Sofer ...

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  4. Since this topic has been brought up again, does anyone, perhaps newcomers here, have any comments on these questions I once asked and surprisingly received no response to?

    http://www.stamforum.com/2012/07/pitum-haketores-and-lamenatzeach.html

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  5. (Since the link I entered in the comment above is not clickable, here it is in clickable format:)

    http://www.stamforum.com/2012/07/pitum-haketores-and-lamenatzeach.html

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