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Moroccan Halakha 8 Tebet 5774 - 11 December 2013 - Parashat VaYehi Fast of the 10th of Tebet ('Asara BeTebet) this Thursday night and Friday YouTube: * Haftara - Parashat VaYe'hi - R. David Kadoch * Pesuq DeZimra (Weekday) - R. David Kadoch * Baby Girl Naming - Lissim - Zeved HaBat *********************************************** 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 HaMiqdash. Derush Hatam Sofer (Ribi Mosh Sofer, Derush Adar 7:4) explains that...

For generations, the Jewish people have been accustomed to answer Baruch Hu uBaruch Shemo (BHUSh) upon hearing the holy name of Hashem. The sefer Divr Shalom Wemet1 brings down the Moroccan minhag (custom) to answer BHUSh to all berachot (blessings), even those with which we are yo (taken out of our obligation). Ribi Yaaqov Baal Haturim (Tur) ztl2 writes that he heard his father Rabenu Asher (Rosh) ztl say BHUSh on every single beracha.3 However, there is much halachic controversy amongst the achamim (sages) regarding this practice and beezrat Hashem (G-d willing) the issues will be explored in great depth. Origins...

Maghen Abot eH Ribi Mordekhai Lebhar st Hag haMimouna Towards the end of Pesah we all anticipate with much joy, Hag haMimouna where 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 have the custom to 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 until one of our holy brothers/sisters walks into the finely decorated house, praising the...