Writing Pan on Erev RH

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Writing a “Pan” Pidyon Nefesh:[1]

It is the custom of Chassidim is to write a Pidyon Nefesh on behalf of oneself and one’s family, and then send it to the Rebbe. [The Pa”n is to be sent to be read at the Ohel or placed into a Sefer of the Rebbe.[2]]

How to write a Pa”n:[3] The custom is to write a Pa”n on a blank piece of paper without lines. One is to be particular to immerse in a Mikveh prior to writing the Pa”n. Married men are accustomed to write the Pa”n while wearing a Gartel.[4] One is to wash his hands prior to writing the Pa”n.[5] [The Rebbe would write the word “Pan” at the head of the Pa”n when writing a Pa”n to the Rebbe Rayatz, and so is the practice of Chassidim.[6] One begins the Pa”n addressing the Rebbe כק אדמור.] One begins the letter with the words אנא לעורר רחמים רבים עלי.[7] We do not write the words רחמים רבים ממקור הרחמים although this was the custom of the Rebbe Rayatz and the Rebbe.[8]


[1] Sefer Haminhagim p. 116 [English]; See Otzer Minhagei Chabad p. 41 for: 1) A description of how the Rabbeim accepted the Pa”ns 2) At what times the Pa”ns were accepted. 3) The Pa”n Kelali.

[2] Sefer Haminhagim p. 166 [letter of Rebbe regarding Yud Shevat]

[3] Reply of Rabbi Leibel Groner brought in Hiskashrus 884 footnote 21

[4] Sefer Haminhagim p. 116 [English]

[5] Hiskashrus ibid in name of Rabbi Groner

[6] See Otzer Minhagei Chabad p. 403-409 for copies of Panim written by the Rebbe and the Pan Kelalis written by Chassidim.

[7] Hiskashrus ibid in name of Rabbi Groner

[8] Toras Menachem 1950 p. 39 “One does not need to give the Rebbe an address as to from where he should draw the blessing from…”

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