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Monday, November 16, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The city of Mumbai, India, was hit with a series of coordinated terror attacks, starting on Wednesday evening, the 29th of Cheshvan 5769, which left close to 200 dead and scores more injured.

One of the terrorists' chosen targets was the local Chabad House, known as the "Nariman House," operated by Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel Noach (Gabi) and Rivkah (Rivki) Holtzberg.

In the subsequent standoff, which continued until Friday afternoon, Gabi and Rivki and several other Jews in the Chabad House – Rabbis Bentzion Chroman and Leibish Teitelbaum, Norma Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz and Yocheved Orpaz – were killed in cold blood. May G‑d avenge their murders.

Miraculously, the Holtzbergs' two-year-old child, Moshe, was saved by his nanny.

Link: Mumbai Terror Attacks

Laws and Customs
Starting in the afternoon, Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.
Daily Thought

“G‑dliness is everything” is the path of Abraham. Abraham understood that there is a Truth beyond all truths, an absolute reality, before which no other reality is true. Therefore, he smashed the idols and declared to all people and in all places that there is only One.

Abraham spread light.

“Everything is G‑dliness” is the path of Isaac. Isaac saw that the world is in truth G‑dly. Therefore, Isaac dug wells, in the earth and in the people. He dug away the darkness and found the spark of G‑dliness within each thing.

Isaac uncovered light.

Likutei Sichot vol. 15, pp. 191-199.