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At the shiva for my infant son, someone said that the reason we say kaparat pesha in mussaf rosh chodesh, is that to atone for the sins that cause higher rates of stillbirth, miscarriages, and infant deaths in the winter of a leap year.

I have tried to find a source for this. The Levush (תרפ”ה) says that Shovavim Tat was established because of stillbirth and miscarriages in leap years. Olam Hatefilla by Rav E Munk on the words Kaparat Pesha quotes the Levush and adds in the name of "Acherim" about infant death.

I am looking for the WHO the "Acherim" are/is and also any additional sources on this topic.

(In the two months since my son went to Shomayim, i know of at least 9-10 infant deaths in the Greater Jerusalem Area alone!!)

  • Sorry to hear. Statistically, it does not hold, though, see here tradingeconomics.com/israel/… – Al Berko Mar 17 at 21:12
  • Easy to prove your point - in a regular year there are 6 months of winter (Tishrey - Nissan), in a leap year there are 7 months. If the rate is 2/1000 and 1000 births per month there would be 2*6=12 incidents in a regular winter vs 14 incidents in a leap winter. Seems logical. – Al Berko Mar 17 at 21:14
  • @AlBerko I think it means greater then usual per month/1000 births/something else like that, and not more deaths between sukos and pesach bec i doubbt they would establish bec of that – SamuelManuel Mar 17 at 21:23
  • In my personal experience, it is a very dangerous thing - to validate various pseud-scientifical Rabbinical statements on the correlation between spiritual and physical things. Once revealed and verified, it becomes obsolete. Similar to בחנוני נא בזאת - "those who give charity will become rich" promise - Haredi people are the first in Tzedakah and las in standards of living. – Al Berko Mar 17 at 21:52
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    Very very sorry to hear about your terrible loss. Regarding the last part of your question, there is a well known effect (called Baader Meinhoff) that you start to see events after they happened to you as you suddenly notice things that you didn't notice as much before, see e.g., here – mbloch Mar 18 at 4:38

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