Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Waiting for a Mitzvah

It's said that the Chafetz Chaim used to stay up all night after Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah. This being an unusual custom (many stay up all night on Shavuot, and some the night of Hoshana Rabba, but after Simchat Torah???) he was asked why.

He responded, "it's been a whole week since I've had a chance to be able to put on tefillin" (tefillin are a daily mitzvah for men that many have the custom of not doing during Chol HaMoed Succot and Pesach). "How can I not stay up and be ready at the earliest moment?" (The earliest moment being immediately as dawn breaks.)


  1. I found it hard to go to sleep. After two awesome days of hakafot on HR and ST and afterwards, I felt as if I was still flying.

    Putting on tefillin this morning was awesome!

  2. Yesterday I was thinking that I missed my tefillin, and yes, it was a good feeling to put them on today!

  3. It doesn't make sense that this would of happened with the Chofetz Chaim since he says in Mishna Berura that one should put on Tefilin without a bracha, so his name was probably used instead of the Vilna Gaon. Minhag Yisroel Torah brings down that the Vilna Gaon would wait to put on Tefilin at the earliest time the day after Simchas Torah and Pesach since he didn't wear Tefilin on Chol Hamoed.

  4. thanks! i love these stories. reminds me of r'levy yitzhak of berditchev who waited up excitedly all night before first dawn sukkos...he was so excited he didn't even see the glass case of the esrog..he put his hand right through it and made the brachos not even noticing his cut up hand.
    kol am yisroel should merit such simcha with the mitzvos!!!!


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