It was asked from The Tchebiner Rav zt”l how to date letters & documents
written in the month of Av.
He told them the answer can be found in the Teshuvos Chasam Sofer.
They came back to the Tchebiner Rav and told him they searched the
whole Sefer and couldn’t find any such discussion.
He told them, “when learning a Teshuvas Chasam Sofer, it is not enough
to learn the text, but one needs to study how he dated the Teshuva as well.
Teshuvos written before Tisha B'av are dated "Av" and the ones written
after Tisha B'av are dated" Menachem Av" or just "Menachem".
I leafed through the seven volumes of Shu”t Ch. S. (1246 Teshuvos)
and found, there are approximately 150 Teshuvous written by the Chasam Sofer
in the month of Av. All of them follow the rule of the TchebinerRav zt”l,
The ones dated Before 9th Av are dated as Av. The ones after 9th Av are dated as
However, there are two days, the 13th and 15th of Av where the Ch. S. dates them
Av, (no Menachem) even though they are after 9th Av.
It is possible the 15th of Av being it is mentioned in the Mishna (end m. Ta’anis)
as Chamisha Asar B’av, The Ch. S. didn’t want to change from the Loshon of the Mishna*.
On the 13th of Av the only explanation I can think of, being it is the Yahrzeit
of his first Rebbetzin שרה who died without children.
15th of Av 13th of Av
O.Ch. 60 O.Ch. 115
Y.D. 129 O.Ch. 158
E.H. 2: 72 Y.D. 43
Chelek 6 41
Chelek 7 18
*There is one Teshuva (E.H. 2 : 125) on the 15th he dated as Menachem.
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