Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What Happened On The 9th Of Teves

The Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch (O. Ch. 580) lists additional fast days.

One of the fast days is on the 9th day in Teves. “It is unknown what
Tzoroh happened on that day”.

The Mishno Verurah (sk 13) writes “In our Selichos (Ezkero Motzok)
it is written that Ezra Hasofer died on the 9th of the month".

It is interesting, this Piyut is said, only by Ashkenazim. The Sefardim
say instead the Piyut “Sha’a Elyon” and the Piyut “Yoshev Bashomayim”.
In both of these Piyutim, it is mentioned that Ezra Hasofer died on the 10th of Teves.

The Mechaber, being a Sefardi, must have held that Ezra died
on the 10th and therefore didn’t know what happened on the
9th of Teves.

The Tosfos Chadoshim on Megilas Ta’anis writes that
Yeisho Hanotzri ym”s was born on the 9th of Teves.

Chazal were scared of the Nochrim, to write,
that we fast on his birthday.

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