Arvit Of Motzaei Shabbat & Vihi Noam

Updated: Feb 9

The Daily Halacha Moment - Arvit Of Motzaei Shabbat & Vihi Noam 📙


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Question:

What are some extra paragraphs that are recited after Shemonah Esrei of motzaei Shabbat?

Why do we recite them?


Answer:

On Motzaei Shabbat, after the Amidah of Arvit, it is customary to recite the prayer of “Vihi Noam.” We recite this prayer since it has within it pesukim of blessing and we pray this blessing should carry on to the rest of the week.[1]

Vihi Noam should be recited while standing.[2]

It is also customary to recite the paragraphs of “Shuvah” and “Yoshev Ba’seter.” These paragraphs serve as a protection throughout the week from harmful spirits.[3]

The pasuk of “Orech Yamim Asbiehu” should be recited twice, and then one should recite “Ve’atah Kadosh…”

[4] It is customary to sit at the words “Ve’Atah Kadosh.”[5]


When Yom Tov falls out in the middle of the week, according to Kabbalah, one should still recite “Vihi Noam.”[6] However, the custom of Ashkenazim and some Sephardic communities is to omit this prayer in such an instance.[7]


Sources:

[1]. Tur, §295; Rama, beginning of siman 295; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 385.

[2]. Kaf HaChaim 295:1; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 389.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 389 in the name of the Zohar.

[4]. Mishnah Berurah 295:1; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 385.

[5]. Ben Ish Chai, Vayetze, 2:6; Kaf HaChaim 295:1 state that at least the first pasuk of Vihi Noam should be recited while standing. See also in Tevuot Shemesh, O.C. 74 who states that some have the custom to stand until the words “Umekablin den.”

[6]. Birkei Yosef 295:1; Ben Ish Chai, Vayetze 2:6; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 385; Halichot Olam, vol. 3, p. 146.

[7]. Rama §295; Gedulot Elisha 295:1. When Pesach falls out on Shabbat on the following week, or if Purim or Chanukah falls out during the week, the custom is to recite Vihi Noam even for most Ashkenazim. See Shaarei Teshuvah 295:2 and Mishnah Berurah 295:3.


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