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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 19:44:59 -0500 (EST) Subject: When to delete Sick People from Personal Prayer Lists IN MI SHeBaYRaChS: Recall that the major parts of the service are * Shma (Biblical), * Shmoneh Esray (Fixed by the Prophet-Sages of the Great Assembly), and * Reading of the Torah (an enactment of Moses) Other parts of the service also have documented histories-- * ALAYNU is attributed to Joshua and * HYMN OF THE DAY commemorates the Levite service. It appears that MiSheBaYRaches are not part of the original service. A good working hypothesis is that they are fillers between Aliyahs so the congrgation shouldn't have to sit silently and do nothing redemptive. Since it is an accepted principle that we do not make the community unnecessarily wait, it would follow that all MiSheBaYRaches should be minimal (in other words if the Gabbai can say them inbetween aliyahs fine...and if not,not) People who want MiSheBayRachs for sick people should preferably ask for these people's names to be said in the repetition of the shmoneh esray on weekdays rather than in MiSheBaYRaches on Shabbath ( a new idea??) IN PRAYERS:--IF YOU KNOW THE PERSON Clearly if you personally know the person you should continue to mention his name in your prayers as long as (s)he is sick and it would be improper to stop IN PRAYERS:--IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE PERSON OR HIS RELATIVES If you do not know the person than you can't really be totally emphathic with him (since you don't know him). Consequently it would appear to me that after 30 days you can drop his name ("30 days" being a standard duration of time in many halachik areas). APPLIED THEORY: Since we all know Carl, it is proper to dedicate this posting to a refuah shlaymah for his son. Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA RHendel @ mcs drexel edu