Monday, November 10, 2014

Zoreh - Winnowing

Zoreh - Winnowing
Day: Monday
Date: November 10, 2014
Parshat: Hayei Sarah
Yalkut Yosef: 319

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

Zoreh, or Winnowing, is the sixth Melacha of the 39 Melachot which are forbidden on Shabbat (Shabbat Ch. 7, Mishnah 2). In the olden days, after harvesting and threshing their wheat, the farmers would be left with a mix of wheat kernels and their skins which had been opened during the threshing process. In order to separate them, the farmer would scoop them up and toss them into the air. The skins, or chaff, being light, would float away while the kernerls, being heavy, would fall back down to the ground. This is also the meaning of the pasuk in Tehillim (35:5) that some people say at the end of the Amida regarding the enemies of Am Yisrael. "May they be like chaff in the wind, which the angel of HaShem pushes them away." Indeed, may HaShem cause the plans of the enemies of the Torah to be blown away and never be seen again.

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