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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Tevet, 5573, at approximately 10:30 pm, shortly after reciting the Havdalah prayer marking the end of the Shabbat. The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Links: A brief biography; The Ascent of the Tzaddik; The Physical World According to Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi; 28 Teachings; more on Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

A devastating earthquake struck northern Israel, killing four thousand Jews in Safed and between 700 to 1000 Jews in Tiberias. Many of the survivors migrated to Hebron, rejuvenating the developing Chabad community established there 10 years earlier by the second Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Link: A Safed website

One of the first hospitals in America under Jewish direction, Mount Sinai Hospital, was founded in New York on this date in 1852.

Link: Health, Illness and Healing

Daily Thought

You need to be honest with yourself: Are these feelings of guilt and inadequacy based in reality, or just a personality issue? Does G‑d really have it in for you, or is this just the pessimism of an anxious beast inside?

If it is the latter, take a break from your self-derision and nurture confidence in the Director of this universe. He carries you through every moment, but only as close as your trust in Him will allow.

As for the personality issue, channel that in positive ways. People of such nature are generally apt to serious study, deep and creative thought, and dogged persistence.