Halakhot

A letter from Rav Yishak Yosef s"t, Rishon LeSion, to Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar regarding Moroccan minhagim. [pdfjs-viewer url="http%3A%2F%2Fdarkeabotenou.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F05%2FMagen-Avot.pdf" viewer_width=100% viewer_height=1060px fullscreen=true download=true print=true]...

Moroccan Halakha 8 Tebet 5774 - 11 December 2013 - Parashat VaYehi Fast of the 10th of Tebet ('Asara BeTebet) this Thursday night and Friday Part 1 of 2 Why is it so important to fast on 'Asara BeTebet? On the 10th of Tebet the holy city of Jerusalem was besieged. This was the beginning of a chain of calamities that would eventually lead to the destruction of the Bet HaMikdash. Derush Hatam Sofer (Ribi Moshé Sofer, Derush Adar 7:4) explains that on the 10th of Tebet it was decided in Heaven that the Bet HaMikdash was to be destroyed. Every subsequent year a judgment is...

To Say or Not to Say? For generations, the Jewish people have been accustomed to answer “Barukh Hu uBarukh Shemo (BHU"Sh)” upon hearing the holy name of Hashem. The sefer Dibré Shalom VeEmet [1] brings down the Moroccan minhag (custom) to answer BHU"Sh to all berakhot (blessings), even those with which we are yosé (taken out of our obligation). Ribi Ya'akov Ba'al HaTurim (Tur) zs"l [2] writes that he heard his father, Rabenu Asher (Rosh) zs"l, say BHU"Sh on every single berakha [3]. However, there is much halakhic controversy amongst the hakhamim (sages) regarding this practice, and be'ezrat Hashem (G-d willing) we can come to some understanding of the issues at hand. Origins of Reciting Barukh Hu uBarukh Shemo The origins of reciting BHU"Sh come from that which...

Hag HaMimouna from Maghen Abot by Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar s"t Every Moroccan knows about and anticipates the end of Pesah in order to celebrate Hag haMimouna, one of the most festive and enjoyable holidays of the year. We have the custom to eat special foods such as moufleta and sbeqia, sing songs, play festive Arabic music, decorate our houses, dress in djelaba oulkaftan, and much more.  We open our houses to the people of the community and allow them to come in and taste from the wonderful foods and take part in this joyous occasion.  It is only after one of our friends...