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Tonight: Nittel Nacht

A friendly reminder to our dear readers: Tonight is “Nittel Nacht,” and the Chabad custom is not to learn Torah, so as not to “add Chayus” to impurity.

The Rebbe said in a Sicha that we shouldn’t “waste our time” but involve ourselves in things that exercise the mind, such as chess or any other chores that need to be done. The Rebbe related a story in the Sicha of a Bochur who would save all the sewing of the buttons on his clothes for “Nittel Nacht,” to be productive in a “non-adding-Chayus” way.

According to the Sefer Haminhagim: “The Rebbe Rashab once said that the reason for not studying Torah on Nittel nacht is that ”one should not elicit an increase in life-force.” This restriction on study applies only until midnight.” [Hayom Yom of the 17th of Teves]

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  • 3. Thanks for the reminder! wrote:

    Here in Israel there are so few signs of the holiday that we never even thought about it. One of the benefits of living here.

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    • 4. ahavasyisroel wrote:

      the biggest signs are unfortunately in eretz yisroel… in Beit Lechem for example. Hopefully those celebrations will be canceled this year and every year after

  • 5. To #1 wrote:

    It starts @ Shkia today in Bklyn it’s @ 4:33 pm & goes till Chatzos @ 11:55 pm acc 2 Chabad.org, interesting to note that in Melbourne Shkia today for Dec 24th is @ 8:43 pm & Chatzos is @ 1:19 am so if u think abt it bec their Shkia is 4 hrs & 10 mins later than ours being that it’s summer there, they are able to learn longer than us by 4 hrs & change, so it turns out from their Shkia till Chatzos is only 4 hrs & 36 mins whereas ours is 7 hrs & 23 mins

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  • 6. Litvaks wrote:

    Why can’t the Litfish understand the concept of being Mosif Chayis 2 Klipos, by them learning tonight which they have no issue with, they are adding life force to Klipos, that’s why they need Chassidus in their life, they would also understand the concept of the beard & not with their ways of learning that say yes it’s ok 2 shave, even the Hipsters in Bklyn all go with full beards, shaving is outdated, today beards are in style, plus if they had a beard they would look more Jewish that is the Litvaks I’m talking abt, walk into BMG in Lkwd tonight you’ll see they are learning away, Nebach they don’t have Chassidus the warmkeit !! They really need someone like Yossi & Simon Jacobson to start giving shuir to them in Samach vov or Lekutei Torah

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    • 7. ahavasyisroel wrote:

      if they are learning every night, that is their derech. OK. All good as long as nittel night isn’t the only night that they decide they need to learn…

    • 8. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      The world exist by the learning of Torah.

      On Nittel we need to learn extra to make up for those who aren’t learning.

    • 9. ahavasyisroel wrote:

      we have to learn extra to make up for the loss of learning caused by joking about nittel nacht

  • 10. Chaim wrote:

    The Rebbe says that one should use the time of Nitel to picture in their mind the image of the holy face of the Rebbe (through a picture they have and for sure those that had the merit to see him themselves) for just this alone of picturing his holy face adds in Ahava and Yirah….in order to follow in his ways and the path that he showed.

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    • 12. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      Mihadrin start from plag hamincha, and keep two days in chutz l’aretz.

  • 13. To # 2 wrote:

    Btw not learning on Nittel applies (that is if you’re a Lubavitcher Chasid or any type of Chasid) 2 the whole world even EH”K (Eretz HaKodesh) the reason being is bec there are churches & goyim Christians that celebrate this Goyisheh Holiday so even though in Yerushalayim, Beer Sheva, Ashdod, Netanya, Rechovot, K”C, Rishon Letziyon, Beitar, Beit Shemesh, Tveryia u don’t see it, that doesn’t mean it’s not being celebrated, the city of Netzeret has a big Christian population so yes over there u probably would see the decorations & all, but yes in most of EH”K u won’t see it, ty 4 sharing that point

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    • 14. Milhouse wrote:

      The Rebbe wrote that it’s not noheg in EY, because only a small minority celebrate it.

    • 15. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      Is there somewhere a sefer of Halochos and Minhagim for Nittel?

      I see now it is a mitzvah noheg only in Chutz L’Aretz. Does it apply in a deserted uninhabited island?!

      Is there a din of tosfos Nittel (like tosfos shabbos)?

      I see someone wrote it starts from Shkiya, but one can daven Maariv already from Plag Hamincha?!

      If someone makes a sefer on Nittel can it be learned on Nittel???!!

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  • 20. To # 10, Milhouse wrote:

    Plz tell us where the Rebbe says that in EH”K (Eretz HaKodesh) not learning on Nittel doesn’t apply bec only a small minority celebrate it ? Can u give us the source plz, btw Idk if u know this but for years Christians would fly from all over the world 2 be in Yerushalayim 4 the Goyisheh Holiday bec he was born in EH”K I think Netzeret, however in case u don’t know thousands of ppl walk the streets of Yerushalayim carrying a big cross so to say not many ppl celebrate it, the whole world, tourists fly in just 4 this Holiday, when the last intifada started 17 yrs ago, less ppl went but when it started getting better, they returned & Isreal makes a lot of $$$ off these tourists don’t kid yourself, so plz tell us where it says not learning on Nittel in EH”K doesn’t apply tyvm

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  • 22. Sfardim wrote:

    What about the Sfardim ? Do they learn on Nittel, we know that Chassidim don’t, Litfish do, now we have 2 figure out what the Sfardim & Taymanim do, about the Modern Orthodox they probably do bec they’re not Chassidish & btw even Chassidish ppl in Bklyn, Wb (Williamsburg) Bp (Boro Park) Monsey, Skver, KY (Kiryas Yoel) they observe Nittel 4 some reason as when the goyim did in Poland, Hungary & Romania which was sometime in early Jan & they still keep 2 that Minhag, don’t know why when they came 2 the US they didn’t change it 2 Dec 24th at sunset, bec nobody in the US celebrates this Goyisheh Holiday in early Jan sometime bet the 6th & the 8th not sure, but getting back 2 the Sfardim could anyone share with us what Sfardim & Taymanim do, do they learn or not on Nittel, they are Kabblalistic but they don’t actually have Chassidus, plz share ty

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  • 24. To #13 wrote:

    Would u plz explain yourself, we have no idea or clue what you’re talking about, you’re hinting to us something & then u bring in Amazon, truly would u explain your comment & then it’s connection to not learning on Nittel plz ? What’s the point of writing a comment which No 1 knows or understands what you’re talking about, tyvm

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  • 26. to # 16, Milhouse wrote:

    Tyvm for sharing, it’s greatly appreciated, although I did hear that in EH”K (Eretz HaKodesh) they still keep the Minhag not to learn, being that there are cities for ex Beit Lechem, Netzeret, among other places, so even though it’s celebrated less, it’s still celebrated & if that is the case no matter what u are still being Mosif Chayis to the Klipos, does anyone know if the Lubavitch Isreali Yeshivas actually stop learning by Shkia on Dec 24th plz share if u know, & as I mentioned in Yerushalayim it is very much celebrated by the christian goyim as I explained that they go through the streets of the old city with a big cross & 100s of 1000s of tourists come just for this holiday, so Rabbi Milhouse is there an answer to this, if this is goin on then seemingly we shouldn’t learn even in ER”H ?

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    • 27. Milhouse wrote:

      In EY Xians are a small minority. The vast majority, even of the goyim, don’t celebrate the religious aspect. Even with all the holiday tourists it’s still a small minority, no more than, e.g. the number of New Yorkers who celebrate Chinese New Year.

      (Nowadays it has become a big secular holiday as well, even among secular Jews, but that’s not avoda zara.)

    • 28. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      Is there somewhere a sefer of Halochos and Minhagim for Nittel?

      I see now it is a mitzvah noheg only in Chutz L’Aretz. Does it apply in a deserted uninhabited island?!

      Is there a din of tosfos Nittel (like tosfos shabbos)?

      I see someone wrote it starts from Shkiya, but one can daven Maariv already from Plag Hamincha?!

      If someone makes a sefer on Nittel can it be learned on Nittel???!!

  • 29. to # 12, Zelig wrote:

    How do u know that it’s not ? Do u have proof that it’s some other night of the year, plz where are your sources, & btw I don’t think there is anyone alive today who remembers this pic, it seems as though u were in your mid to late 20s in the 1930s or 40s being that u could testify that this pic wasn’t taken on Nittel Nacht, does anyone know what year this pic was taken 2 be exact ? & let’s say this was in the mid 30s like 1935 that was 82 yrs ago & u would have been 26 then that would make u 108, I don’t believe at such an age u would be commenting on websites, & even if it was in the 1940s u would be in your late 90s & still I don’t think u would be commenting on websites, so let’s get to the truth what year was this & when during the year, was this still in Europe or in the US

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    • 30. Milhouse wrote:

      It’s very well known that the picture is not from nittel. It’s from one of the trips the FR made to health spas in Europe in the 1930s, as his health deteriorated, looking for a cure. Sometimes he was too weak to concentrate on learning but he needed something to occupy his mind, so he asked the Rebbe to play chess with him, and this photo was taken on one such occasion.

  • 31. To #22 Milhouse, wrote:

    Oh really celebrating the birth of Yayshu isn’t A”Z (Avoda Zara) ? Really ? Where did that come from ? Again, I mentioned that this holiday is a big attraction 4 goyim to come to Yerushalayim to celebrate it, they come in the 1000s, ur telling me that’s small ? Have u been there in late Dec ? Check it out dude, u don’t know what ur talking abt, again I’m not arguing with the Rebbe, I’m telling u that if I’m in Yerushalayim the night of Dec 24th I’m not learning, u wana be maykel & say yes that’s up to, what do the Lubavitch R”Y (Roshei Yeshivas) say 2 do, that’s what matters, R they learning in Toras Emmes that night ? Plz find out ty

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    • 32. Rabbi K from BMG wrote:

      “Be maykil”? Or, be machmir? My gosh! Are you kidding me?!

      Is there somewhere a sefer of Halochos and Minhagim for Nittel?

      I see now it is a mitzvah noheg only in Chutz L’Aretz. Does it apply in a deserted uninhabited island?!

      Is there a din of tosfos Nittel (like tosfos shabbos)?

      I see someone wrote it starts from Shkiya, but one can daven Maariv already from Plag Hamincha?!

      If someone makes a sefer on Nittel can it be learned on Nittel???!!

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