Standing for Birchas Kohanim


Are the listeners obligated to stand for Birchas Kohanim?

From the letter of the law it is not necessary for the listeners to stand when the Kohanim recite Nesias Kapayim.[1] Nevertheless, the widespread custom is for everyone to stand during recital.[2] If one is sick or weak and has difficulty standing, then he may remain sitting.[3]

[1] Admur 128/23; M”A 128; M”B 128/51

[2] M”B ibid based on Meiri and Eshkol; Chareidim brought in Biur Halacha 128/1 “Kasav”; Tzitz Eliezer 14/18; Yechaveh Daas 5/15

[3] Tzitz Eliezer 14/18; Yechaveh Daas 5/15

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