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Should one eat in the Sukkah, or celebrate a wedding in the house where the wedding took place?

R. Zera said, “When I was a bridegroom, I ate in the Sukkah, and enjoyed myself in the bride’s house (where the wedding and festive meals were held), and I enjoyed myself the more because I fulfilled two religious duties.”

Sukkah Chapter 2

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4 October in History

In 1917, at a meeting of the British Cabinet, Edwin Montagu, the one Jew in the Lloyd George government, continued to express his opposition to what would become the Balfour Declaration. Under pressure from Montagu and his supporters Prime Minister Lloyd George and Lord Balfour watered down the original draft, modifying, among other things the strong statement “that Palestine should be reconstituted as the National Home of the Jewish People.”

26 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Yehuda Yudel Rosenberg (1859-1935). Born in Skaraschev, a small town near Radomsko, Poland. He served as Rav in Tarlow, and age 25, he was appointed Head of Rabbinical Court.

In 1903, he published Yadot Nedarim, a commentary on Rashi and Ran to meseches Nedarim. In 1905, he published Shaarei Zohar Torah, an attempt to organize for the verses of the Torah what the Zohar said on that verse.

“One who is involved in performing a commandment (Mitzvah) is exempt from fulfilling another commandment.”

What is the Biblical source for this concept?

“There were people who were impure and unable to bring the Passover offering” (Num 9).

Who were these people?

R. Yossi from Galil maintains they were the carriers of Josepf’s casket (Joseph’s body was taken from Egypt and buried in Israel).

R. Akiva maintains they were Mishael and Elsaphan who buried Nadav and Avihu.

R. Yitschak maintains, they were people who buried a deceased person who had no one else to bury him.

Sukkah Chapter 2

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3 October in History

Today in 1335, Levi ben Gershon, who is better known by his Latinized name as Gersonides or the abbreviation of first letters as RaLBaG, observed an eclipse of the moon today. He described a geometrical model for the motion of the Moon and made other astronomical observations of the Moon, Sun and planets using a camera obscura. Some of his beliefs were well wide of the truth, such as his belief that the Milky Way was on the sphere of the fixed stars and shines by the reflected light of the Sun. Gersonides was also the earliest known mathematician to have used the technique of mathematical induction in a systematic and self-conscious fashion and anticipated Galileo’s error theory.

The lunar crater Rabbi Levi is named after him.

25 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of the great Chassidic leader and advocate for the Jewish people, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810). Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was a close disciple of the second leader of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezritch. He is best known for his love for every Jew and his impassioned words of advocation on their behalf before the Almighty.

Today is also marks the passing of Rabbi Moshe Sofer of Pressburg (1762-1839), known as “Chatam Sofer” after his work of Rabbinic respona.Rabbi Moshe was an outstanding Halachic authority and community leader, and was at the forefront of the battle to preserve the integrity of traditional Judaism.

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