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Friday, April 20, 2007

The Other Thing That Happened on 5 Iyyar

On 5 Iyyar, 5509 (1749), the sages of Yerushalayim instituted the following Takana called "Takanat Haravakim" - all single men from the ages of 20-60 who don't get married from today (5 Iyyar) until R"H Ellul will be kicked out of Yerushalayim.

- Sources: ריש ספר מנהגי החיד"א חלק אה"ע and this link

Although the average age for tying the knot has increased over the years, which makes this Takana אי אפשר לעמוד בו in our day and age, the idea of kicking people out of Yerushalayim who don't belong there appeals to me (namely, certain occupiers of Har Habayit).

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