November 27, 2021 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #2034862Reb EliezerParticipantNovember 27, 2021 9:59 pm at 9:59 pm #2034869GoldilocksParticipant
Nittel on December 24th, from sunset until midnight. This year it’s on Shabbos.November 28, 2021 1:15 am at 1:15 am #2034959HaLeiViParticipant
Huju, the Gemara refers to the game of Nardshir, as is a good mind stimulant. Rashi explains this as Chess.
The assumption is that it is a reference to the Persian king, Ardshir, who might have picked up the game from India.
Wait. So maybe the Matanos that Avraham Avinu sent along with those he sent eastward was a new set of games.November 28, 2021 11:05 am at 11:05 am #2035055Reb EliezerParticipant
Goldilocks, Pope Gregory in 1582 adjusted the calendar by removing 10 days and declaring that century years must not only be divisible by 100 but also by 400 to be a leap year such that years 1700, 1800 and 1900 lost a day making currently 10 + 3 = 13 days difference, so Nitel is Jan 5 night and not Jan 24 night.November 28, 2021 11:12 am at 11:12 am #2035058n0mesorahParticipant
I though he was to addicted to pinball to care about chess.November 28, 2021 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm #2035115Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
> refers to the game of Nardshir, as is a good mind stimulant. Rashi explains this as Chess.
Nardshir from Persian Narde, is backgammon and indeed a reference to Ardshir king. So, Rashi got the history right, but not the right game. Wiki brings this Gemroah as the first historical reference to the game. I thikn chess and backgammon are different enough to be confused or exchange names.
Ardshir is a Persian version of Xerxes, so maybe a hidden reference to Ahsahverosh?!November 28, 2021 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm #2035118Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
RebE, Nittel Nacht seems to be referenced in writing from 17th century, so we do not have a tradition of following it by Julian calendar. Maybe countries that accepted Gregorian calendar later could have this tradition: British/Russian/Ottoman empires, some Swiss, Saudi Arabia ..
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