Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Happy Chanukah

                         Happy Chanukah

The מגן אברהם (O.Ch 625) quotes from the מהרי"ל,  not to fast or say תחנון between  Yom Kippur and Sukkos because they are ימי שמחה We commemorate the חנוכת המזבח* in the times of Shlomo Hamelech.

The לבוש gives the reason, Hashem doesn’t count the חטאים until the first-day סוכות.

*Now you can understand the סוד of Git Kvittal


                                 ממחרת יום הכיפורים

Even those who say this תפילה every day, do not say it on one day of the year, the day after Yom Kippur.

Monday, September 17, 2018

the משל from the Brisker Rav zt"l

He explained the different periods of the ימים נוראים starting with, אלול,ר"ה, עשי"ת and finally יום כיפור with the following משל.

There once was a wealthy merchant trying to smuggle across the border a large quantity of merchandise.

He hired a professional smuggler who knew the route and
best time to cross the border not to get caught.

The plan was to load the wagon with the merchandise
weeks before. The wagon driver will hang around in the
forest near the border and wait for the smuggler to give
him the signal when to cross the border. He would then rush his galloping horses and cross the border.

The merchant starts worrying and can't sleep at night as soon as they load the wagon

The smuggler worries and can't sleep at night after he gives the signal to cross.

The wagon driver worries when he gets within a hundred feet from the border.

The young boy who does the loading and unloading is only worried after the guards approach him with the guns pointing in his face.

After getting caught all are worried except for the horses. They are even happy that they can have a rest now.

די פערד זארגן זיך נישט, זיי פרייען זיך
Horses,are not worried they are happy

והמבין יבין

Men only

Some are makpid to stand on Yom Kippur during the whole Davening to imitate the מלאכים.

Poskim* say that this Chumra doesn't apply to women since there are no female מלאכים.

There are other Poskim who say they should not say on Yom Kippur בשכ"מ loud for the same reason.

The **ספר אורח נאמן writes that for the same reason women need not keep their feet together when Davening שמונה עשרה.

*שו"ע הרב - שערי ציון
**(הרב מנחם נתן אוירבך זצ"ל (מחותן של ר' יוסף חיים זוננפלד זצ"ל


Did you know #190

On Yom Kippur, we say ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
aloud, to imitate the מלאכים.
According to the שו"ע הרב, in order to imitate מלאכים, 

בשכמל"ו needs also to be said in a standing position*. 

*Yom Kippur is the only day in the year when one may stand up to say קריאת שמע

Thursday, September 13, 2018

מנהג של שטות

 מנהג כפרות בערב יו"כ מנהג של שטות הוא 

"Minhag Kaparos on Erev Yom Kippur is a Minhag Shtus"

The Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch O.Ch. Siman # 605, writes that you should refrain from the Minhag כפרות with chickens.

In the Bais Yosef on the טור he quotes the Ramban who writes that it is
אסור because of דרכי אמורי.

The Rema defends the Minhag and says it is an old Minhag and we should follow it since it originates from the Gaonim.
It is interesting that Sephardim who always follow the Bais Yosef and
yet when it comes to כפרות they follow the Rema.

The first eighteen editions of the Shulchan Aruch (first 4 during the lifetime of the Bais Yosef)  had this header 
 "מנהג כפרות בערב יו"כ מנהג של שטות הוא"
In the later editions of the Shulchan Aruchs, the words מנהג של שטות הוא was removed.

It is unknown who decided to remove it. We have today numerous new
editions of Shulchan Aruchs reprinted with corrections on the text etc.
Not a single one of them put back the original text of this header.

From the Shach in חו"מ שפ"ו ס"ק ד, we see clearly that he held that the Mechaber(Bais Yosef) himself is the one who wrote the headers for every Siman in Shulchan Aruch.