Rav Shabsei (ben Meir) Hakohen Katz zy”a, best known as the Shach, (an abbreviation of Sifsei Cohen), his monumental commentary on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah and Choshen Mishpat, passed away 1 Adar Aleph 5423/1663. He also authored several other seforim

The Shach passed away at the young age of 41. It is difficult to understand how he accomplished all that he did in his short life. His life was full of so many trials and tribulations, including Gezeiras Tach V’Tat, making his accomplishments nothing short of miraculous.

The first Mishna in Shekalim says: באחד באדר משמיעין על השקלים ועל הכלאים. These words, with their reference to the date of the tzaddik’s passing, are exactly equal to הרב שבתי ב”ר מאיר הכהן זי”ע.

The first letters of שקלים כלאים are ש”ך, the name he is best known by.

Based on this, Reb Tzvi Nash shlita told me that שקלים can allude to חושן משפט, and כלאים may refer to the lumdus of איסור והתר found in Yoreh Deah.

The Gemara teaches: משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה. בשמחה is the initials ofחכמת שבתי בן מאיר הכהן. 

Zechuso yagein aleinu!

R' Dovid Friedman
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