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Shabbat, February 4, 2017

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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

Not by toil, nor by struggle did the world come into being. G‑d spoke and it was, a world created by words.

Not by toil, nor by struggle is the world sustained. We speak words of Torah, of prayer, of wisdom and of kindness, and the world endures.

If so, what is the effort He demands from us?

That we invest our very essence in those words, as He invested His very essence within this world He made.

11 Nisan 5732.