Sunday, January 29, 2012

The memorial mark for the Temple [zecher l'churban]


We leave an unfinished space of one cubit by one cubit (21.6 inches by 21.6 inches, per Rav Moshe Feinstein) on the wall of a house, to commemorate the loss of the Beit haMikdash (Temple).

Halachic authorities have frowned on the practice of painting that spot black, since this 'finishes' it, but the practice may be justified, particularly as black is recognized as a color of mourning.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:86)

Have a great day,

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