Monday, November 3, 2014

Loeg Lerosh

י' חשון  

לז"נ הקדושים הרב הגאון והצדיק ר' מרדכי יהודה בן הר' שמואל וכל משפחתו הי"ד
Yahrzeit of Hagaon Hachasid  R. Yidel Donath.  His wife and all eight children H.Y.D.., murdered by the Nazis Yimach Shemom .

Reb Yidel Donath  was the last Rosh Yeshiva of The Yeshiva Haramah (Pressburg) 
founded by the Chasam Sofer zt"l  (Took over from the Cheshev Sofer zt"l)

In Shulchan Aruch (O.Ch. 23) " If a person enters a Bais Hakevores or within 4 Amos of a Meis,he must hide his Tzitis" (Loeg Lerosh).

The Tzlach (Brachos 3a) writes "Loeg Lerosh is applicable even at a woman or childs Kever (didn't wear Tzitis while  alive)

 How do people Daven (Schachris) at Kever Rochel wearing Tallis & Teffillin?

One Teretz:
By  Ah Mamme iz nisht doh Loeg Lerosh. The Mamme is not jealous of her children. 

The Minchas Elozors Teretz:
The Shu”t Minchas Elozor (3-53) was asked, re Kever Rochel,

“They Daven there every Erev Rosh Chodesh and also at other times. There is even, an Aron Hakodesh and Sefer Torah.
For sure this Minhag must have been established by Gedolei Ukedoshei Yerushalayim. How can they do so, when it says in Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 367)
 “You may not Daven within 4 Amos of the Kever”.
The Minchas Elozor zt"l has a lengthy Teshuva. Here are some of the
points he discusses.
1)Loeg Lerosh is not applicable on women.
2)Loeg Lerosh is not applicable for the Avos kodem Matan Torah.
3)In Y.D. 344,  You are allowed to say Divrei Torah in front of the Meis
If it is done for his honour.
Kever Rochel  is a special place where Yakov Avinu buried her, so she
will plead  Rachamim for the Bnei Yisroel when they will go to Galus.
This same spot is Mesugal for Tefilos Yisroel to be accepted. Therefore
It is considered in her honour and Loeg Lerosh is not applicable

Click here to see a fascinating  post about the Ramban on Kever Rachel

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