Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Halocho #854 - Should I keep the Bet Hamikdash in mind?

After the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) certain types of joy were forbidden and certain acts of mourning were instituted "Zecher L'Churban" - as a reminder of the destruction.

One may not plaster ones entire house; a square Ama (~50 cm x 50 cm) of wall opposite [or above] the front door should be left bare to recall the destruction.
The reason many people don't do so nowadays is unclear.

A woman should never wear all her jewelry at the same time.

Some ashes are put on a groom's head before the Chuppa (wedding ceremony) on the spot he usually wears his Tefilin.

A bride's veil should not have gold nor silver threads.

A plate is broken at the engagement, and a cup under the Chuppa.

All these [and more] are done Zecher L'Churban - as a reminder of the destruction.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 126:1,2

- Danny
Tuesday, 24 Tamuz 5771

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