Friday, July 20, 2018

ברוך דיין האמת

1) The Bais Yosef writes to say ברוך דיין האמת before קריאת התורה on Tisha Bav.
2) The Darkei Moishe (Rema) writes our Minhag is not to do so.
3) The Mogen Avraham writes it is preferable to say it quietly.


This coming מוצש"ק (if Mashiach won't arrive)we won't be eating מלוה מלכה. When else during the year do we not eat מלוה מלכה?


According to Harav Yitzchok Zilberstein Shlita, When Yom Kippur falls on a Shabbos there is no* חיוב to eat מלוה מלכה. Since on Shabbos we don't eat, there is no need to be Melaveh the Shabbos by eating מלוה מלכה

There is a separate  Halacha to 
eat a Seuda every Motzei Yom Kippur

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Because of his talents, he gets to be עולה לתורה twice on Shabbos.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

EVERYBODY IS AT FAULT (except for me)

When the Gemoro says "because of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza the Bais Hamikdash was destroyed", The Gemoro doesn't 

blame these two people. The Gemoro says because of the story of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza,  the Bais Hamikdash 

was destroyed.

In the story, there are, many whom to blame. Bar Kamtza, Ba'al Haseudah, Rabonon and  even Kamtza*

*The Ben Ish Chai writes "Kamtza which means Grasshopper was a code name for R. Zecharya ben Avkulas"

Monday, July 16, 2018

The four questions for Tisha B'av

     The four questions for Tisha B'av
The Bais Hamikdash was destroyed because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. (Gittin 55b)

1) Why was קמצא at fault?
2) Why wasn’t the בעל הסעודה at fault? Shouldn’t he be the number one culprit ?
3) Why were the רבנן who kept quiet at the meal, not at fault?
4) The Gemoro on 56a said it was ר' זכרי' בן אבקולס fault.

                                So who was really at fault?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday the 13th

                             Solar eclipse (partial) Jul 13 2018

ת"ר בזמן שהחמה  לוקה סימן רע לעובדי כוכבים  

ובזמן שישראל עושין רצונו של מקום אין מתייראין מכל אלה שנאמר       
 כה אמר ה' -- ומאותות השמים אל תחתו כי יחתו הגוים מהמה (סוכה כ"ט.)

In the year 1044 in the month of כסליו, there was a lunar eclipse
and two weeks later there was a solar eclipse across Europe.

R. Yechiel Mi Roma* wrote a Piyut for the occasion. It was based
on the two Pasukim in Yirmiyahu (10:2,3) '---כה אמר ה
(Yidden need not to fear an eclipse)

Every Stanza has three lines of Piyut and the fourth line has part
of the two Pesukim.  

1st. Stanza (rough translation)

אתה גלית סודך לצופי חזיוני
You uncovered your secrets to the נביאים
אליך להשליך יהב ברעש רזיוני
To you the burden of nature noises should be thrown
בל תשתע מלקיית מאורי רונני
Do not dissolve from the eclipse of the lights who sing שירה
כה אמר ה    

*R.Yechiel Mi Roma was Rosh Yeshiva in Rome. He was the
father of the famous R.Nosson Mi Roma theבעל הערוך

answer to riddle

According to the מגן אברהם תקנ"ו Tisha B'av on Motzei Shabbos, one should refrain from smelling בשמים.
It's a תענוג (pleasure) to wean off the נשמה יתירה, Yet in the daytime, one may smell בשמים .*

*The Gaon and others argue & hold even during the daytime one may not smell בשמים.