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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 23:30:51 -0400 (EDT) Subject: For which commandments are Blessings said Eliezer Finkleman states in v31n92 > You can find an intersting reference to this in the Srideai Eish (Rabbi > Yehiel Yaacov Weinberg) on why we say no blessing on Mishloah Manot, > Sridei Eish 2:46. Actually the reason we don't say blessings on Mishloach Manot has nothing to do with whether we should or should not want to eat them. While there is considerable discussion among authorities on this subject an excellent explanation was given by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Quite simply the performance of a symbolic commandment whose purpose is to remind me of something else (like Tzitzith reminding me of the mitzvoth (cf 4-15-37:41) or Tefillin reminding me of the Torah 2-13-9) then we say a blessing (in order to encourage the awareness that SOMETHING else besides the raw performance is involved). By contrast the performance of a non-symbolic commandment whose purpose is soley that performance (like charity whose goal is to give, or honoring ones parents whose goal is to give honor) requires no blessing since the performance of the commandment is its own end. (There is one possible exception to this theory (MAAKEH); however Rabbi Shalom Kaminetsky once gave a shiur showing certain symbolic performances to it). It immediately follows that the sending of gifts which is its own end does not need a blessing Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; RHendel@Towson.Edu Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/