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The Torah Matzav
Sunday, May 7, 2023
שנים עשר מי יודע
1) Where is Keverרשב"י located?
According to ר' מנחם החברוני (13th century) רשב"י is buried in Kfar Chananya *(15 km. south of Meron)
2) What day
in the עומר was רשב"י niftar?
According to the חיד"א, there is no מקור anywhere
that רשב"י was niftar on Lag Baomer**.
3) Who wrote
According to the יעב"ץ, (The Chasam Sofer seems
to agree) it was R. Moishe d'Leon (not רשב"י)
4) What day
did the Talmidei R. Akiva stop dying?
According to many Poskim, they still died on
Lag Baomer but stopped on the 34th day of the עומר.
5) How many
Talmidim of R. Akiva died between Pesach &
The גמרא (Yevamos
62) says 12,000 pairs of
Talmidim.The מדרש says it was
only 300 Talmidim.
6) How did
The גמרא says they
all died of a disease called Askera.
According to Harav Hagaon Y. Henkin zt"l and others, the גמרא uses Askera as a code for
getting killed fighting
can you bring Nachas to רשב"י (guaranteed)?
The שואל ומשיב 5 - 39
writes "If you distribute the money
to עניי ארץ ישראל instead of
spending it to go to his
Kever etc., he guarantees רשב"י will have
8) Why do we
celebrate Lag Baomer?
According to the Chasam Sofer, the קצת שמחה has nothing
to do with רשב"י but because it's the Sefirah of הוד שבהוד***
and to commemorate the first day the מן came down in
you should not celebrate ל"ג בעומר with dancing &
music in חוץ לארץ?
According to the מנחת אלעזר ח"ד:ס because it
is only a
Minhag Eretz Yisroel Celebrating in Chutz Laaretz is
onsidered strange & haughty כזרות יחשב
10) Why the מנחת אלעזר waited till the morning to travel to
When the מנחת
אלעזר was in Eretz Yisrael during ל"ג בעומר
he spent the night in צפת not willing
to celebrate in Meron
together with the Zionists.
11) Why is
it forbidden to dance in front of a fire?
The תוספתא (Shabbos 7:1)says clapping
hands or dancing in
front of a fire is אסור because
of דרכי אמורי.
Years ago they had women dancing in Meron on Lag
Baomer לכבוד התנא רשב"י
Todelo mentions being at the Kever of Hillel & Shammai but no
mention of Rashbi **The first to
mention Yahrzeit of Rashbi on Lag Baomer is the Sefer "Chemdas
Hayamim" (controversial Sefer) *** Kabbalah
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