Chasam Sofer – How Many Times Does It Take To Get Used To Saying Morid HaTal?

morid hatal tlsThe Shulchan Aruch paskens (114:8) that if you are not sure if you might have said Morid HaGeshem after it is already time to stop, for the first thirty days you must assume that you said it and must go back again. After thirty days you may assume you said it correctly. However, the next Sif says that if you say it 90 times the you are already used to it. If you make a calculation there are more than 90 times in thirty days when you include Musaf of Pesach and Shabbos.

The Chasam Sofer says that if you count up the Tefilos it comes out to exactly 101 times. He also points out that the Mekor for this din is the Yerushalmi who mentions nothing about 90 times but only 30 days. Therefore when asked he tells people they should say it 101. He says this idea is based on the Gemara that says you cannot compare learning something 100 time to 101 times. However, he says, if you said it 90 times already and are not sure whether you said it or not, he cannot Pasken against the implication of the Rema and therefore he cannot say that you should go back. Revach.

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