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Many years ago, there were those who were accustomed that
their daughters shouldn’t go to shul prior to marriage. The custom was that on
the first Shabbos after marriage the Kalla would go, with immense happiness, to
daven in shul. In the Seferשיחת חולין של תלמידי חכמים,
he writes Rebbitzen Beila, the wife of R’ Menachem Mendel of Linsk (1740-1803),
the mother of the R’ Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz, was smart and learned in Gemara
with Tosafos. The first Shabbos after marriage when she went to shul to daven
she said שמחתי באומרים לי בית ה' נלך- I am so happy that my husband said to me הרי את מקודשת לי because now בית ה' נלך, I am able to go and daven in shul.
tells us that the sister of R’ Shaul of Amsterdam, author of Binyan Ariel, was
a smart and modest woman and would write witty poetic lines. Once her brother,
R’ Shaul, caught her on a mistake where she exchanged (החליפה) a ח for a כ. She responded back in jest וקוי ה' יחליפו
It says in the Sefer שיחת חולין של תלמידי חכמים that Rebbitzen Sarah Rivka Rachel Leah
along with Rebbitzen Dina, the wife of R’ Shaul, the Av Beis Din of Hag was
once conversing in Torah at a wedding with R’ Tzvi Hirsch, the Av Beis Din of
Berlin. R’ Tzvi Hirsch was very impressed and said it’s the way of Torah
scholars to say a מילתא דבדיחותא; joke before
learning, so tell me a joke. Rebbitzen Sarah Rivka Rachel Leah
responded that the reason a joke is said prior to learning is due to the
Kedusha of Torah because the sages were concerned maybe the Satan will come and
take hold. So a joke is said at the start, to give the Satan his portion, and
then the Torah can be learned Lishma. However, women who are not commanded
to learn Torah, the Satan won’t come to nourish from the Kedusha of their learning.
This is the meaning in פיה פתחה בחכמה- an אשת חיל is able to
immediately begin with Torah without a need to first say a joke, and still ותורת חסד על לשונה- Torah Lishma.
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various
websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of
Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate
about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
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