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Thursday, December 24, 2020
When did he die?
THE GREAT WONDER
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 צרה
happened on that day”.
The ט"ז writes" תימה גדולה (It's a great
wonder) that the Bais Yosef doesn't
know what happened that day. In our Selichos (אזכרה מצוק) it is written
that Ezra Hasofer died on the 9th of
It is interesting,
this Piyut is said, only by Ashkenazim. The Sefardim say the Piyut
“שעה עליון” and the Piyut “יושב בשמים”. In both of these
Piyutim, it is mentioned that Ezra Hasofer died on the 10th of
Teves. The Mechaber,
being Sefardi, must have held that Ezra died on
the 10th and therefore there shouldn't be a wonder
why he didn’t know what happened on the 9th of
Teves. The Tosfos
Chadoshim on Megillas Ta’anis writes that Yeisho
Hanotzri ym”s was born on the 9th of Teves. Chazal were scared
of the Nochrim, to publicize that we fast on his