Saturday, December 02, 2006

Women and Talmud Torah XIV

This is from the Rav Yosef Yuzef Katz- the son of the Sma. The Sma's name was R' Yehoshua Falk Katz. The Sma wrote the Sefer Me'iras Einayim, which is a commentary on Chosen Mishpat. He also wrote the Derisha u'Perisha which is found at the bottom of the Tur. So what we're looking at is the introduction his son wrote to his father's book.

Please click here for the introduction.

Rav Yosef Yuzef Katz praises his mother- she's important, modest, her soul should rest with the Matriarchs, is an example for all Jewish women, the only child of a wealthy man who could have had whatever she wanted but did not, instead, she fasted a lot, she made food for Shabbos and gave it to poor people-

And then he discusses two things she felt women were doing wrong regarding candle-lighting on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

1. Women usually light candles on Yom Tov the same as they do on Shabbos, but on Yom Tov you can say the blessing first, so you should say the blessing and only then light candles

2. Women held that they would light candles when men came home from shul, but this is not okay because they already accepted Yom Tov, so the women should light before

(Magen Avraham disagrees with her about #1 but the Mishna Berura may quote her approvingly)

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