Monday, July 17, 2017

Halocho #1867 - Why be sad when visiting the Kotel?

The Kotel ("Wailing Wall") is the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ  stood until it was destroyed over 1,900 years ago.

The Kotel "plaza" is outside the Temple Mount. Every prayer of ours - Amida and Birkat Hamazon - includes a supplication to once again be able to serve Hashem on the other side of the Kotel; from inside the rebuilt בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ.

When seeing the place where the בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ stood, one needs to do Kri'a; tear one's clothes in the same way that mourners do.

One only needs to tear Kri'a if one hasn't been in ירוּשָׁלַיִם for more than 30 days.

Source Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 561:1-5

The prevalent Yerushalmi custom is to not tear Kri'a on days one doesn't say Tachanun, including Friday afternoons.

- Danny
Monday, 23 Tammuz 5777

א הָרוֹאֶה עָרֵי יְהוּדָה בְּחֻרְבָּנָן אוֹמֵר: "עָרֵי קָדְשְׁךָ הָיוּ מִדְבָּר", וְקוֹרֵעַ וְאֵינוֹ חַיָּב לִקְרֹעַ אֶלָּא כְּשֶׁמַּגִּיעַ סָמוּךְ לָהֶם כְּמִן הַצּוֹפִים לִירוּשָׁלַיִם

ד כָּל הַקְּרָעִים הָאֵלּוּ בְּיָדוֹ וּמְעֻמָּד, וְקוֹרֵעַ כָּל כְּסוּתוֹ שֶׁעָלָיו עַד שֶׁיְּגַלֶּה אֶת לִבּוֹ, וְאֵינוֹ מְאַחֶה קְרָעִים אֵלּוּ לְעוֹלָם; אֲבָל רַשַּׁאי לְשָׁלְלָן, לְמָלְלָן, לְלַקְּטָן וּלְתָפְרָן כְּמִין סֻלָּמוֹת

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