Friday, July 16, 2010

Learning Erev Tisha B'Av

One of the "perfect misundertsandings - perhaps - is the prohibition of learning Torah Erev 9 Av!    Especially when Erev 9 Av is on Shabbos!

I mean if 9th of Av is Shabboss we can eat a "Shaloshudes" fit for Shlomoh haMelech up to sheqia! But we can't LEARN after Hatzos!?

The fast allows us to eat food BEFORE the fast and to digest it DURING the fast after it has commenced.  However, with Torah the digestion is itself learning and generating simcha - Hours after it was first consumed! Therefore we must learn ONLY Tisha B'Av ready topics during the hours leading up to the fast - lest we derive Joy from our intellectual ruminations

May we merit a Nechama!