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From: Prof. L. Levine
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 16:41:49 +0000
[Avodah] Today is Purim Katan. Is there anything special that

From today's OU Kosher Halacha Yomis

Q. During a leap year, when there are two months of Adar, Purim is
celebrated on the 14th day of the second Adar. Nonetheless, the 14th day of
the first Adar is celebrated as a minor Purim, known as Purim Katan (the
small Purim). Today is Purim Katan. Is there anything special that one
should do today in honor of Purim Katan?

A. Shulchan Aruch (OC 697:1) writes that we do not recite tachanun or
Lamenatzai?ach mizmor l?Dovid on Purim Katan, nor are we permitted to fast
or deliver a eulogy. The Rema adds that some maintain that one must eat a
special meal and be joyful on Purim Katan. This is the opinion of the Rif
(cited by the Tur 697). Tosfos (Megila 6b) quotes this position as well but
argues that it is not correct.

Similarly, the Rema quotes the opinion of the Rif that one should eat a
special seuda on Purim Katan, but the Rama concludes that this is not the
accepted minhag. Still, in deference to those who are strict, the Rema
writes that it is proper to add something extra to the meal in honor of
Purim Katan. In the final statement of the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, the
Rema concludes this discussion about Purim Katan by citing the verse in
Mishlei (15:15) ?v?tov lev mishteh tamid? (?And one who has a good heart
will feast continuously?). What does the Rema mean to convey with this
pasuk? Many suggestions have been proposed, and the Mishnah Berurah (sif
katan 5) offers a brief comment as well. Perhaps the Mishnah Berurah
understands that a ?tov lev? is a person who recognizes G-d?s miraculous
supervision and intervention in the world. Such a person invites guests and
shares with them his acknowledgement of the Divine providence. Even if
there is no formal obligation to have a seuda on Purim 
 Katan, it is admirable for a ?tov lev? to do so. (See also Kesav Sofer on Chumash, end of Titzaveh)

Professor Yitzchok Levine
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Message: 2
From: Joel Rich
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 23:24:21 -0500
[Avodah] public announcemrents

My response to a comment:
My response to a comment:

Comment:?How can such a thing pass without a public scandal?? The question
is appropriate from a secular perspective, which assumes that such matters
must be debated with full exposure to the public eye. Yet, notwithstanding
the explosive material, there was no public nuclear blast.
Response:Interesting trade off - public disclosure will likely reduce the
probability of future situations, but at the cost of communal self
perception. What other trade offs should be considered?

Not dispositive but IIRC public announcements so that the people will learn
from the sinner's punishment were part of the torah's penal code.

Your thoughts?
Joel Rich
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Message: 3
From: Micha Berger
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2022 15:42:13 -0500
Re: [Avodah] public announcemrents

On Tue, Feb 15, 2022 at 11:24:21PM -0500, Joel Rich via Avodah wrote:
> Not dispositive but IIRC public announcements so that the people will learn
> from the sinner's punishment were part of the torah's penal code.

All of which happening in the context of a she'eilah about to'eles WRT
lashon hara.

I am not saying that LH means we don't air our problems, as awareness
of them is critical to addressing them. To'eles.


I spend enough time on online discussions about our community to know
plenty of people have formed the opinion that everything is broken.
(And who knows how many children being raised by such people end
up concluding that the Torah as system doesn't work and it becomes a
critical element in our decision to go OTD?) So I don't think this fear
is an empty one.

If you muddy the waters by asking whether that purpose is in some
instance comparable or less than the problems consequent to people's
resulting impression of the community, you have to re-ask about whether
the to'eles is sufficient to overcome the issur LH.

Just pointing out a factor in assessing the height of the bar.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Be happy not because everything is good,
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   but because you can see the good side
Author: Widen Your Tent      of everything.
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