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End of Dying in Desert (1274 BCE)
In wake of the incident of the "Spies," in which the generation that came out of Egypt under Moses'... Read More »
Ban on Inter-Tribal Marriage Lifted (13th century BCE)
In order to ensure the orderly division of the Holy Land between the twelve tribes of Israel... Read More »
Tribe of Benjamin Re-Admitted (circa 1228 BCE)
Av 15 was the day on which the tribe of Benjamin, which had been excommunicated for its behavior in... Read More »
Jeroboam's Roadblocks Removed (574 BCE)
Upon the division of the Holy Land into two kingdoms following the death of King Solomon in the year... Read More »
Betar Dead Buried (148 CE)
The fortress of Betar was the last holdout of the Bar Kochba rebellion. When Betar fell on the 9th of... Read More »
Matchmaking Day ()
In ancient Israel, it was the custom that on the 15th of Av "the daughters of Jerusalem would go out... Read More »
"The Day of the Breaking of the Ax" ()
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, the annual cutting of firewood for the altar was concluded... Read More »
Because of the joyous events which occurred on this day (see "Today in Jewish History"), our sages... Read More »
Beginning on the 15th of Av one should increase one's study of Torah, since at this time of the year... Read More »
Your fellow is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering -- you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.
– Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov

The true teacher is most present in his absence.

It is then that all he has taught takes root, grows and blossoms.

The student despairs for his teacher’s guidance,
and in that yearning, the student’s mind becomes as the teacher’s mind,
so that they become one.

Maamar Vayomer Lo 5728, 5732, 5737.

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