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A person does not take the Lulav on the Sabbath.

Rabba explained: As a precautionary measure, so one will not carry it to an expert and learn how to perform the obligation, and at the same time one will carry it four spans in public, violating the prohibition of carrying on the Sabbath.

Sukkah Chapter 4

9 November in History

In 1837, British philanthropist Moses Montefiore, 52, became the first Jew to be knighted in England. Montefiore was a banking executive who devoted his life to the political and civil emancipation of English Jews.

2 Kislev in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Akiva Sofer of Pressburg (1960), author of Daas Sofer.  Son of Rav Simcha Bunim Sofer (The Shevet Sofer), grandson of the Kesav Sofer (Rav Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer) and the great-grandson of the Chasam Sofer (Rav Moshe Sofer). Interestingly, three continuous generations – the Chasam Sofer, the Kesav Sofer, and the Shevet Sofer – all served as Rav of Pressburg for 33 years. When Rav Akiva Sofer neared his 33rd year as Rav, he asked his uncle, the Erlauer Rav, what to do. Upon his uncle’s advice, the Daas Sofer moved to Eretz Yisrael in 1940, saving himself from the horrors of Worl War II.

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