23 December 2007


The night before December 25th (Nittel Nacht) when many celebrate the birth of "Oso Ha'ish" there is a custom not to learn Torah from sunset until the mid point of the night (Chatzos). The Rebbe Rashab said "I am not fond of those diligent students who begrudge those eight hours and insist on learning" The reason we do not learn on this night is not to add vitality to the outside forces. In countries where they mark his birth on January 6th or 7th, the custom is not to learn on the night before Jan. 6 or Jan. 7.

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