Now You Know The Rest Of The Story..........
The Torah Matzav
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
400 yrs ago
Yeshivos, starting their winter זמן on
ר"ח חשון, the summer זמן on ר"ח אייר
the freezer on Tu B'Shvat
& Tu B'Av (Shiduchim) goes back
to at least 400 years ago.
R. Nosson Nota M'Hanover zt"l wrote a Sefer
"יון מצולה" describing the Chmielnicki
period. (גזירת ת"ח ות"ט)
At the end of the Sefer, he describes the
Yeshiva world of that period.
Among the interesting things he writes is
that the RoshYeshiva had a שמש ( Mashgiach)
who made sure the בחורים
are learning and not
loitering the streets.
Every Thursday they had a בחינה (test). בחורים
who couldn't answer correctly were hit
by the שמש with a big stick and shamed in
public so they will remember
to learn properly the following week.
(As absurd as it sounds, my generation
grew up when this system was not yet
בין הזמנים started on Tu B'Shvat & Tu B'Av.
The Roshei Yeshiva & the בחורים traveled
to the winter & summer fairs.
At the fair, the learning was more relaxed.
Being all the Roshei Yeshiva and all their
Talmidim were at the fair, it turned into a
Shiduchim market. Any parent who had a son
or daughter of marriageable age made
sure to attend the fair. Hundreds & even
thousands of Shiduchim were negotiated and
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