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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir Tam, known as the "Rabbenu Tam," was one of Rashi's illustrious grandsons. During the Second Crusade, on the second day of the holiday of Shavuot, the Crusaders entered his hometown of Ramerupt, and pillaged and massacred many Jews.

They broke into Rabbenu Tam's house, plundered all his wealth, and seriously wounded Rabbenu Tam. On the next day, the 8th of Sivan, Rabbenu Tam escaped Rameru and the clutches of the Crusaders.

Two years later he completed his famous treatise on Jewish ritual and ethics, Sefer Hayashar.

Links:
Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir, the Rabbenu Tam
The Crusades

Laws and Customs

The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted through the 12th of Sivan.

On Isru Chag, It is customary to hold a kinus Torah, a public gathering in which Torah thoughts are shared and discussed.

Daily Thought

There are two sorts of relationship: Face-to-face. And back-to-back.

I could be interested in what I can get from you. Then we are back-to-back.

Or I could be interested in you. Then we are face-to-face.

Even if I cared for you because I love the way you are, we are still not face-to-face. Because the-way-you-are is not you.

Even if I cared for you because you are my parent or my child, we are still not truly face-to-face. Because there is more to you than being a parent or a child.

If so, only with the One who knows you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, you at your most essential core, and chooses you there—only with your Creator can you stand truly face-to-face.

Only His love is real, and the love of those who love those who their Creator loves.