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Monday, July 21, 2014

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Passing of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (1522?-1570) of Safed, the Holy Land, known as the "Ramak", authoritative Kabbalist and author of Pardes Rimonim.

Links: The Ramak

Laws and Customs

During the Three Weeks, from 17th of Tamuz to the 9th of Av, we commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.

Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (The particular mourning customs vary from community to community, so consult a competent halachic authority for details.)

Citing the verse (Isaiah 1:27) "Zion shall be redeemed with mishpat [Torah] and its returnees with tzedakah," the Rebbe urged that we increase in Torah study (particularly the study of the laws of the Holy Temple) and charity during this period.

Links:
The Three Weeks

Daily Thought

“G‑d said to Jacob: I am the G‑d of your fathers. Do not fear descending to Egypt . . .” (Genesis 46:3)

The pain is real. The fear is not.

The pain is real, because we are not in our true place. Nothing is in its true place. It is called exile.

The fear is not real, because no matter where we are, our G‑d is still with us.

The only thing we have to fear is that we may no longer feel the pain. For it is that pain of knowing we are in the wrong place that lifts us higher, beyond this place.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 30, p. 234.