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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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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].

Daily Thought

Along the path to Torah is the splitting of the sea.

What is the sea? It is the thick blanket of materialism that smothers the fire of the G‑dly soul. With a miracle, it is ripped away and the truth revealed. Only then can the Torah be received.

Don’t imagine you can keep your belief in a materialist world and append to it a Torah consciousness. The sea of concealment must part and the world must be seen for what it truly is: A G‑dly place ever awaiting miracles.

Acharon Shel Pesach 5734. Sefer Hasichot 5751 vol. 2, pg. 857.