Skip to main content

Four Rabbis Were Walking on the Temple Mount

It is recorded in the Gemara:
Rebbi Avraham, Rebbi Yose, Rebbi Shlomo and Rebbi Ariel were walking along the colonnade on the eastern side of the Temple Mount, near the area closest to the Holy of Holies.

As they walked along, Rebbi Yose came upon a carcass of a ben-yomo, a day-old bird, lying on the floor. Rebbi Avraham asked "What is the din [law]? Are we all ritually impure on Har HaBayit from contact with a carcass?" 

Rebbi Shlomo said, "Just this week, we learned that contact with a carcass renders you impure, but this is only from a dead 'sheretz' such as lizard or salamander. But from a kosher bird, you are only impure from eating it. We can surmise that bird is kosher."

Rebbi Ariel looked up and saw the swallows that had built a nest under the roof of the colonnade. "These are probably the birds of the ben-yomo. Listen and you can hear the chicks in their nest. We have no reason to believe the bird is not kosher. Praised are the words of Rebbi Shlomo."
Actually... the above is not recorded in the Gemara, but only on the Kitniyot Liberation Front blog. Nevertheless, the incident is 100% true. 

It occurred on the 5th of Iyyar during an ascent to the halachically permissible areas of Har HaBayit. This is a true example of  Torat Hayyim, of Living Torah.

There is no better place to learn and live the Torah than on Har HaBayit, where the Great Sanhedrin learned the Law.

For information about ascending to to Har HaBayit, contact louis@machonshilo.org.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Moshe But Not Yehoshua?

Moshe received the Torah, but Yehoshua conquered Eretz Yisrael.
Many of us were a bit surprised with the outcome of the Likud primaries. Two of the biggest supporters for Jewish rights on Har HaBayit, Moshe Feiglin and Tsippi Hotovely, received very low spots on the Likud list and it's unlikely that they'll be in the next Knesset.

So what happened? The most obvious cause is that they were both victims of a hit list put out by Bibi and his cronies. This probably had a number of components that included:
Voting lists. Bibi's organization promoted lists of "kosher candidates" or pre-filled ballots that did not contain Moshe or Tsippi. These lists are designed to utilize all of your votes so that you only vote for approved candidates. Phony deals. Moshe and Tsippi were probably the victims of phony deals. Part of the wheeling and dealing of primaries is that the various "camps" agree to support each others candidates, or for a portion of their voters to supp…

For the Miracles

We thank You for the miracles, the bravery, the salvation, the wars and the redemption that You performed with us and our forefathers in these days at those times.


In the days of our rebirth, the Arab nations gathered together to destroy, kill and erase the immigrants who returned from the bondage of exile to the Good Land. And they said: “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel shall no longer be remembered.” (Psalm 83:5)
And You in Your abundant mercy stood with us in our time of trouble. You fought our adversaries, You passed judgment , You enacted our vengeance. You gave the many into the hands of the few and the evil ones into the hands of the righteous. “They are bowed down and fallen; but we have risen, and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:8)
And You made yourself a great name in the world and for Your people Am Yisrael, You made a great salvation. And in the second month on the 5th day, You removed the yoke of the nation from upon our necks.
Just as You…

Good News for Chocolate Lovers!

Rav Eliezer Melamed is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Bracha in Beit El and is a prolific author on Halacha. His series of clear, yet comprehensive, Halachic works called Pninei Halacha are mainstays of baalei batim and yeshiva students alike.

Chapter 9 of his Pninei Halacha: the Laws of Pesach has recently been posted to Scribd and it offers good news for chocolate lovers:
Chocolate and candy labeled “Kosher for Pesach only for those who eat kitniyot"  are technically permissible even for those who do not eat kitniyot, because the kitniyot in these products are added before Pesach and are batel be-rov. In addition, these products generally contain kitniyot oils, which, according to several leading poskim, are not included in the custom to prohibit kitniyot.
He goes on to write that kosher certification agencies label them as "Kosher for Pesach for kitniyot eaters" because "people are stringent".

I disagree and believe that this is really due to the Charediz…