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Friday, July 11, 2014

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

On the 13th of Tammuz of 1927, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, received the documents authorizing his release from a sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia. The Rebbe was actually notified of his release on Tammuz 12, but since that day was a legal holiday, the Certificate of Release freeing him to travel home was issued only the next day. Thus both the 12th and 13th of Tammuz are celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by the Chabad-Lubavitch community. (For more on the Rebbe's arrest and liberation, "Today in Jewish History" for yesterday, Tammuz 12).

Laws and Customs
In Chabad practice, Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted today.
Daily Thought

There is a third strategy, powered by the intense light of inner Torah that awakens the essence of the soul, an essence-core that knows no change, that is unperturbed by any challenge or trial.

Faced with such invincible power, even the darkest forces surrender, make peace and become your allies.

The essence of your soul, after all, is the essence of all that is—even of darkness.

Maamar Padah B’Shalom 5722.