women don't work during sefirah

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women don't work during sefirah

Postby aries » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:28 pm

I was reading in Shevlei Haleket (13th century) that women rest from sunset to the counting of the omer. R. Simcha from Spiers says that this is because the students of Rabbi Akiva died toward sunset. The author (R. Zedkiayah the Physician from Roma) felt this was inadequate as it does not explain what women have to do with it. He suggests that like in Berashit Rabah and the Y. Sanhedrin that since women caused death, they proceed the men after the burial cot. Since they did this for the students of R. Akiva, women take off in honor of these rightgeous women. (Not everyone like the idea of the women being in front of the bus so to speak, so some communities put them in the back.)
The parallel with Channukah (women do not work when the candles are lit) and Rosh Chodesh (woman don't work) are obvious. I think that all three customs have a similar origin. Maybe the wanted to guarentee women two weeks paid vacation.
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Re: women don't work during sefirah

Postby Kira » Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:30 pm

Well, women certainly deserved a paid vacation! Shabbat only gets you so far, what with 3 meals to serve

I don't know anyone who really takes off on Rosh Hodesh, and I tried this past Chanuka to take some time while the candles were burning, at least the first hour. Wasn't so easy

Do you know anyone?

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Re: women don't work during sefirah

Postby Yisroelp » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:07 pm

Kira wrote:I don't know anyone who really takes off on Rosh Hodesh, and I tried this past Chanuka to take some time while the candles were burning, at least the first hour. Wasn't so easy


Surely, you only need to refrain from work for the half hour after nightfall that the candles need to burn. Or do you light your candles at sunset?
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Re: women don't work during sefirah

Postby Kira » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:27 pm

No, at Tzeis (when the stars come out). I meant half-hour, sorry.

Again, not so easy, that half hour tends to be a good time to make dinner

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