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Shabbat, January 18, 2020

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Jewish History

Shimon, the second son of Jacob and Leah and the progenitor of the Israelite tribe of Shimon, was born on Tevet 21 (according to another opinion, on Tevet 28), of the year 2194 from creation (1567 BCE), nine years after Jacob's arrival in Charan.

Link: More on Shimon

On December 20 (21 Teves), 1691, strong earthquakes rattled the city of Ancona, Italy, causing numerous structures to collapse and placing its inhabitants in mortal danger. Miraculously, the Jewish quarter was spared, suffering the collapse of only one house. In commemoration of this event, the local Jewish community established that date as a day of celebration and song, while the previous day—20 Teves—would be marked yearly by fasting and charity (Or Boker, p. 48a).

Link: Is There a Blessing or Jewish Prayer for Earthquakes?

Daily Thought

Looking at your world from Above, all is good.

Looking at your world from within, things don’t always look so nice.

Until you connect your world from within to the world above. Then the goodness flows downward without distortion.

How do you make that connection? By clinging tightly above. By putting all your trust in G‑d.

Tanya, Igeret Hakodesh 11 (pg. 232). Likutei Torah Chukat 62a.