One of the things i happen to miss from chag in America is the chanting during Bircat Kohanim. Before the last word of each pasuk, they chant for a while. (Some people use this time to say a prayer against bad dreams.)

It seems to me that people living in Israel also deserve this chance. If every day is too often, why not just on chagim?

I don't recall hearing this done at all in Israel, even on chagim. Anyone know why not?

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    Oct 2, 2014 at 20:40
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    The same reason that a weekday Shacharis rushes through, but a yom kippur shacharis goes on and on ... The rarity of the event.
    – Yishai
    Oct 2, 2014 at 21:30
  • Probably because people are running to work, so they don't have time to sing. Oct 2, 2014 at 23:40

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I don't know why, but R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (עלהו לא יבול p96) maintains that the Israeli custom is not to say this prayer at all.

Nonetheless, one who has had a bad dream and wishes to say the תפילה, can do so during שים שלום.

Source: שיח תפילה


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