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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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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

When He made the world, He decided He would take the role of Kindness. That way, when we would be kind, we could bond to Him with our kindness.

He decided to be Wisdom. That way, by being wise, we could bond to Him with our wisdom.

He decided to be conscious of Himself, so that we could attain consciousness of that which is beyond knowing.

And all this He gave to us in His Torah. He gave us Himself.