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Ten Minute Halacha - The Sheva Berachos Week

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Dec 22, 2010
12 min 19 sec

Series: Ten Minute Halacha

Venue: Yeshivat Lev Shlomo (Woodmere, NY) Yeshivat Lev Shlomo (Woodmere, NY)


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  1. Title: Tachanun – “In the Spirit of Purim”
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    There are shuls who give a sigh of relief when there is a Choson present on a Tachanun Monday or Thursday. Reading between the lines of a sarcastic article written “In the Spirit of Purim” by Rav Pinchos Jung, who is an author of many mussar books, there is a strong criticism of those who gabble off their tefillos. On the subject of Tachanun he writes: “... But of course, tachanun is a rarity; if at all, it’s only tolerated on Sundays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays – and we pay Chassanim top rates here. Actually, we had a shaaloh yesterday – two Chassanim attended. Opinions varied. Celebrate the morrow as a nidche? Skip Uvo Letzion? The machmirim did both. ‘If in doubt, leave it out’, they said...” (Jewish Tribune London, 12 March 1976, page 9, extract has two words amended)

  2. Title: Beware of grammen!
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    Mishpacha (English edition, 2 November 2011, pages 70-72) reports a true incident where at a sheva berachos, relatives of the choson, sang, with the best of intentions, grammen [rhyming songs to make people laugh] which disclosed the “not good” behaviour of the choson whilst he was still unmarried. It included a verse on how he was almost arrested for reckless driving, and a verse on how he was suspended from his Yeshivah. The kallah who was totally unaware of these incidents in her choson’s life was quite shocked to hear of these incidents and it soured up the relations of the newly married couple for many weeks. The moral – be careful what one says at a sheva berachos!

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