- Bad for Shidduchim discusses her experience with a segulah, namely taking pieces of the broken plate from the tenaim. Anyone know if this segulah is of recent origin, or if it is old? The twist on getting married when you lose it seems similar to the twist on the red string, that the first guy a girl sees after it falls off it her bashert. What about the segulah of catching the bouquet?
- A nice upload from JNUL: A small pamphlet for Kiddush Hachamma, with a Yiddish introduction. This one was printed in 1896 in preparation for the blessing to be said in April 7, 1897. On the next page, they note the next date that Birkat Hachamma will be said, namely Erev Pesach, the 14th of Nissan, 1925. Indeed, this year it once again falls out on erev Pesach.
- Meanwhile, courtesy of HebrewBooks, here is Aruch Hashulchan on Birchas Hachamma. Note how he only mentions the bracha, and not any of the other elements glommed onto it. That does not mean that he is necessarily against other additions, but he does not mention it as the halacha.
The underlined portion reads that "God-willing, it will be in the year 1897, which should come upon us in peace." That year is the same year as the pamphlet from JNUL.
Meanwhile, here is Mishna Berura on the same.
And an 8 page pamphlet on Kiddush HaChamma from the Chasam Sofer.
- A live-blogging of the Sunday night Lipa concert, The Event, with some video clips. And Blog In Dm has a whole lot about it, a nice long post, about failed attempts to manipulate gedolim. Read it.
- ADDeRabbi on the Ashkenazic implications of Rav Ovadiah Yosef's ruling on a woman reading megillah for men. An excerpt:
The whole attitude of “gee, I wish an Ashkenazi posek had the guts…” is totally misguided. This is a machloket between the Mechaber and the Rema. Thinking that it has to do with contemporary agenda, while perhaps not completely inaccurate, ignores 500 years of halakhic tradition.See also Hirhurim for an analysis, which he cites.
- Joking Jewish teens legally married.