Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part III)

This was going to be the last segment of our שובבי”ם series about the עונת אביאסף, however, in the process of writing it became apparent to the author that it needed to be broken up into smaller pieces. It is written assuming that the reader is familiar with the two previous segments. Segment One. Segment Two. We left off last time having explained why the…

First Images of Ha’amadas Sakkin/ Shtelling a Chalaf – העמדת סכין/ שטעלן א חלף

Before one learns to perform שחיטה (Ritual Slaughter), on must first learn the הלכות (laws pertaining שחיטה)  as well as  how to prepare a knife – העמדת סכין/ שטעלן א חלף and how to check a knife – בדיקת סכין to make sure that it is kosher for שחיטה. Before learning on an expensive, steel שחיטה knife, we are learning on these tin training knives.

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part II)

In our last segment: We introduced the concept of an “עונה” – the duration of a יום הוסת. We saw seen that the עונה is defined as either a night or a day. We noted that the גמרא says the עונה of the night ends (and the עונה of the day starts) at נץ החמה (sunrise) – despite the fact that generally speaking the halachic…

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part One)

לרגל שובבי”ם ת”ת תשע”ו Abstract: This essay will explore the Halachic basis for the עונת אביאסף and in the process will address various idiosyncratic curiosities  particular to וסתות and will attempt to shed light on them. Many Ashkenazic Jews are aware of the עונת אור זרוע, but people are much less familiar with the עונת אביאסף. This is despite the fact that עונת אביאסף arguably…