Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Halocho #1131 - 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 5773

Please daven for the complete recovery of little יוֹנָתָן בֶּן לֵאָה who was operated on yesterday.

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