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Monday, January 20, 2014

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

With the Black Death raging throughout Switzerland, poison was reported to have been found in the wells at Zofingen. Some Jews were put to the "Dümeln" (thumbscrews) test, whereupon they "admitted" their guilt of the charges brought against them. This discovery was then communicated to the people of Basel, Zurich, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, and even Cologne.

The Jews of Basel were burned on an island in the Rhine on January 9, 1349, in wooden huts that were especially built for the occasion. Their children, who were spared, were taken and forcibly baptized.

Daily Thought

In life, we almost never wait for 100% guarantees.

We trust that the dentist is a dentist, the taxi driver is a taxi driver, and so on—and put our lives in their hands—on flimsy, tacit evidence.

Yet, when it comes to a simple good deed, people demand 100% proof that this is really what G‑d wants them to do!