Why do we (ashkenazim) not do birchas kohanim in chutz la'aretz (except on yom tov), but in Israel, we do?

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    Just a note: Even in Israel, it depends on preicse location. Most famously, I think, there is no daily birkas kohanim in Tz'fas.
    – msh210
    Mar 9, 2011 at 20:19
  • Good question. It is, in fact, even a bitul mitzvat aseh. Dec 2, 2011 at 6:57
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    @AdamMosheh I don't think it's a bitul aseh if we don't call them up. It's more comparable to not wearing a tallit katan: you aren't obligated in tzitzit because you aren't wearing a four cornered garment, but we still would rather do the mitzva than not.
    – Double AA
    Mar 22, 2012 at 5:06
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    What about Ashkenazic Kohanim at a Sephardic minyan? Mar 25, 2012 at 3:04
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    @AdamMosheh That question is asked here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/22272/…
    – Lee
    May 17, 2015 at 8:06

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Tha Rama in Orach Chaim Siman 128 says we do not do Nesias Kapayim as we are only in proper Simcha on Yom Tov. During the rest of the year, even on Shabbos we are worried about our sustanance and our work.


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    And in Israel?
    – jake
    Mar 9, 2011 at 18:50
  • See footnote 164 Mishna Berura Mar 9, 2011 at 19:00
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    @GershonGold Can you please add in the part about "footnote 164"? That is an integral part of jake's original question
    – yydl
    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:33
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    And upon which source or precedent did the RaM"A or "those countries" base the founding of such a custom?
    – Lee
    May 17, 2015 at 9:28
  • This is an interesting answer but leaves us asking whether the Rama would think that those in Israel are not concerned with their parnassa or perhaps does the Rama also hold in Israel it should only be done on yontiff?
    – Dude
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:36

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