Thursday, December 31, 2015

צאינה וראינה

The Sefer צאינה וראינה authored by R. Yakov b Yitzchok Ashkenazi  - (1550-1624was geared specifically for women who didn't understand Loshon Hakodesh.

It is a collection of beautiful Midrashim in Yiddish.

Until about 80 years ago it was the most popular Sefer (after Siddur & Tehillim)  Yiddish speaking women possessed.

Illiterate women. which was very common, had a "Zogerrin". One who would read the צאינה וראינה   for their group.

There is a well known Midrash quoted by many but is not found in any Midrash we have today. The first and only Mokor (source) for it is the צאינה וראינה

"Originally Bris Milah was performed with a sharpened stone as mentioned in the Parsha how Tziporah performed the Bris with a stone.
Because the metal helmet on Golias's head allowed the rock Dovid Hamelech threw to penetrate and hit Golias's forehead, metal was rewarded and all Brisos from then on 
are performed  with metal knives."

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