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Monday, June 17, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

In 1509, Emperor Maximilian of Germany ordered that all Jewish books in the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt am Main be destroyed. This followed the request of Pfefferkorn, a baptized Jew, who claimed that Jewish literature was insulting to Christianity. The Jews appealed to the Emperor to reconsider this edict, and Maximilian agreed to investigate the matter. He appointed Johann Reuchlin, a famed German scholar, to conduct the investigation. The report issued by Reuchlin was very positive. He demonstrated that the books openly insulting to Christianity were very few and viewed as worthless by most Jews themselves. The other books were needed for Jewish worship, and contained much value in the areas of theology and science.

The Emperor rescinded his edict on the 14th of Sivan, 1510.

Daily Thought

Of everything G‑d created in His world, not one thing was created without purpose. —Talmud, Shabbat 77b

For every being, there is a world, different from the world of every other being. For what is a world? It is those things of which any single being is aware.

So that whether it be a human being like yourself, a cow on a farm or a leaf on a tree, it knows only of its Creator, itself, and whatever is essential to its purpose. And that is its world.

And in the world of each one of us, all that exists and all that occurs is that which is essential for us to complete our purpose—to fix up this world.

For G‑d does not create anything without purpose.

Reshimot, no. 44.