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Shabbat, November 20, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

On this day, the bottom of Noah's ark, submerged 11 cubits beneath the water's surface, touched down and came to rest on the top of Mount Ararat.

(This follows the opinion of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Joshua, who maintains that the Flood began on Iyar 17.)

See: Great Flood Begins.

"Pulver Purim" was established by Rabbi Avraham Danzig (1748-1820) author of the halachic works Chayei Adam and Chochmat Adam, after he and his family were miraculously saved from a fire on the eve of the 16th of Kislev.

The inferno engulfed many homes, including his own home and the very room where all of his family members were, causing some of the walls to collapse. Rabbi Avraham Danzig then established the 16th of Kislev as a day of celebration for all of his future descendents.

Daily Thought

He doesn’t need you to report on the dirt in His world. He put it there—and not because He has an interest in it.

He sent you here to search out the jewels hidden in the mud, clean them and polish them until they shine.

And when you bring them to Him, the angels make a crown of them for Him, saying, “Look what Your children have made for You from the mud!”