Friday, July 1, 2016

Keeping One's Head Covered While Saying Berachot

Keeping One's Head Covered While Saying Berachot
Day: Friday
Date: July 1, 2016
Parshat: Shelah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 214

It is forbidden to say the name of Hashem and all the more so the berachot of the amida with one's head uncovered. There are some poskim who maintain that putting one's hand on one's uncovered head counts as a covering enough to allow him to say a beracha. However, the accepted halacha does not follow this view and therefore one who needs to say a beracha but for some reason does not have a head covering should extend his sleeve over his hand and hold his covered hand over his head and then say the beracha. It is important to note that even when not saying berachot or praying it is still forbidden to walk four amot (6 to 8 feet) without a head covering or even to remain without a covering for that amount of time even without walking. This is especially true nowadays when the way to show that one follows the Torah and is part of Am Yisrael is to wear a head covering. One who nevertheless goes without a covering runs the risk of showing that he is not part of the Torah population.

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