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Shabbat, January 19, 2013

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The last of the Elders (z'keinim) who were contemporaries of Joshua and outlived him, passed away in the year 2533 after creation. They were part of the chain of Torah transmission as listed at the beginning of Ethics of the Fathers: "Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets..."

In ancient times, this day was marked as a fast day.

[Some are of the opinion that this occurred on the 5th of Shevat].

Laws and Customs

Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim observe the special customs of the Shabbat prior to the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950), which occurs next week, on the 10th of Shevat.

Link: A Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe outlining his suggested observances for the Shabbat preceding Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak's yahrtzeit.

Daily Thought

There was a time when people did not have careers. People did not live to acquire material wealth.

People worked to earn enough for their families to eat that day, with a little extra saved for a special occasion. Today we are slaves of the houses, the cars and the gadgets we must acquire.