Truth or Superstition? #9


Talit – Segulah for a Match

Q: Is it true that if a single woman buys a Talit (for her future 'intended') it is a Segulah for finding a match?

A: This has absolutely no source (And so too Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi in Shut Doresh Tzion: It is not a Segulah or even a hint of a Segulah).

 

Sleeping without Socks

Q: I heard that it is forbidden to sleep wears socks.  But I am cold!

A: There is no such law.  On the contrary, it is more modest (The Mishnah Berurah 2:1 writes that one should wear socks even under the blanket.  But he is discussing countries where people wear socks.  In the State of Israel, many go without socks, even well-respected people.  A person many therefore sleep without socks.  It all depends on location and time.  The Beit Yosef, Orach Chaim #91, writes that one is obligated to pray barefoot, since in Arab countries one enters to visit the king barefoot, as a sign of subservience.  And see Mishnah Berurah ibid. #13.  And the Aruch Ha-Shulchan ibid. #1 writes that we are not particular regarding covering feet).

 

Segulah for Shalom Bayit

Q: Is there a good Segulah for Shalom Bayit?

A: Help your wife wash dishes (Satmar Chasidim end Shabbat very late due to a long Seudat Shelishit and the Rebbe's talk. Once, on a Saturday night, the Satmar Rebbe saw that one of his Chasidim was the last one in the Beit Midrash and was folding his Talit with great precision. The Rebbe asked him what he was doing. The Chasid said that he saw in various books that care in folding one's Talit is a Segulah for Shalom Bayit. The Rebbe responded: A better Segulah is to go home and help your wife wash dishes.  And others say this incident in the name of Ha-Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, Rosh Yeshivat Mir.  The book "U-Piryo Matok - Bereshit" of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, p. 140).