Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Daf Yomi - Rosh Hashana 8 - IMMINENT JUDGMENT

It is written in Teshuvos Maharil (33) that one should not begin Maariv or Kiddush before nightfall on Rosh Hashana. This is due to the principle of not bringing judgment on oneself earlier than the time allotted for it.

The commentators ask on this ruling from the words of Chazal and the ruling in Shulchan Aruch (C”M 5:2) that there is no judgment by night. Why is there a concern for bringing about an early judgment when the judgment will not be until daytime anyway?

Sheorim Mitzuyanim B’halacha answers that when reciting Maariv and Kiddush, one declares that it is now the “Day of remembrance” and the “Day of the Shofar.” He is indicating that he is not afraid of the approaching judgment. This is a carefree attitude that will not serve him well.