8 Kislev 5771 – Nov. 15, 2010. – Perashat Vayera
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16) We have the custom when putting away the tefilin shel rosh to wrap the straps in the form of doves’ wings (see the detailed procedure in this YouTube video). This is is based on what is brought in Masekhet Shabat 130a. There is a story there about the miracle performed for Elisha’ haNabi. He lived at the time of the Romans when they had decreed that anyone caught wearing Tefilin would have a hole gaped in their head to replace where their Tefilin once were. Elisha’, defiant of the decree, continued to wear his Tefilin in public (leShem Shamayim – For the sake of Heaven, and not just to be defiant) when one day a Roman guard saw him and began to chase him. Elisha’ hid his Tefilin Shel Rosh in his hand just before the Roman guard caught him and demanded “What do you have in your hands?”, “A dove” Elisha’ answered. He opened his hands, and out flew a dove. From then on people called him Elisha’ Ba’al haKenafaim (Elisha’ the Master of Wings). To commemorate this miraculous event we wrap our Tefilin in the form of a dove’s wings. The Gemara continues to compare the Bené Yisrael to a dove as it says in the pasuq (Tehilim 68:14) “The wings of a dove are covered with silver,” just as the wings of a dove protect the bird, so to the misvot that we do protect us, Yisrael. See the source in the Magen Abraham(Siman 28) in the name of the Galiya Razya, also see Leqet haQesir (p. 43), Halakha Berura (Heleq 2, p. 160), She-erit Yosef (Heleq 1), and Osar Ta’amé haMinhagim (p. 48 in the name of Maté Moshé (p. 48).
In regards to the “Tefilin Shel Yad” we wrap it as demonstrated below, away from the box itself, so that the strings are not “wrapped” around the boxes, so as to not appear as if the strings of the Tefilin are more important than the boxes themselves, thus by wrapping the shel-rosh in the form of doves’ wings, and by wrapping the shel-yad away from the box we avoid this problem.
71) It is our custom that at the end of the Seven Days after the wedding, the groom and bride have a special meal honouring their parents on both sides which is called the “Se’udat haDagim” – “The Meal of Fish.” This is because fish are a sign of children and blessing, and the blessing of one’s parents is a great blessing in itself, and is a good siman to have children. This is especially a good time to thank and bless one’s parents after all the hard work and help they have put into making everything run smoothly and finance the wedding, and with this Hashem’s blessing will be on the couple. See Noheg beHokhma p. 132, Osar Minhagé Morocco (Nisuin), there is a similar concept in Baer Heteb (E”H Siman 67:4), and in Taharat haMishpaha (end of Siman 9) by Ribi Aharon Zakai.
Our Holy Sages, Hazal, teach us that “One who studies [at least two] Halakhot (laws) daily is guaranteed a portion in ‘Olam Haba (the world to come).” -Masekhet Meghila 28b