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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Jewish History

As the “Black Death” plague decimated Europe, Christians accused the Jews of causing the plague by poisoning the wells in an effort to wipe out the Gentile population.

On the 23rd of Kislev 5109 (Nov. 15, 1348), Rudolph of Oron, bailiff of Lausanne, sent a letter to the mayor of Strasburg informing him that certain Jews of Lausanne had “confessed” under torture that they together with their coreligionists had poisoned all the wells in the Rhine valley. This resulted in the masses persecuting and killing tens of thousands of Jews throughout Europe.

Daily Thought

Don’t fear the question. Savor it. If the question will become your own, then the answer will as well.

Yes, we must do what is right even when we don’t understand. But after we have done, we still must understand. And understanding comes only with questions.

Questions are also part of the truth.

20 Cheshvan, 5746