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The Kohen Gadol was banned from eating a lot of food on the Eve of the Chag for fear that it would induce sleep, and lead to impurity rendering him unable to perform his Temple functions.[Perek Rishon – Mishnayos Yoma] Something that often gets over looked in this day and age is the concept of Shmiras HaBris – literally guarding the covenant, referring to ‘ma'aser keri’. In this day and age even more so then in the time of the Holy Temple society exposes us to activities overflowing with Zuhama (impurity) such as television, the internet and magazines. Much of the advice given regarding this sin is considered to be too harsh for this generation. Everyone however should devise their own plan to avoid this sin. We can however at least learn some practical halacha from the Kohen Gadol. Avoid eating right before bed, especially hot and rich foods: Another tip is to recite the bedtime Shema before going to sleep. Adapted from Mishnayos Yoma & Tikkun HaBris (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)

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