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Monday, March 16, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

"One year, most of Adar went by and it didn't rain. They sent for Choni the Circle Maker. He prayed and the rains didn't come. He drew a circle, stood in it and said: 'Master of The World! Your children have turned to me; I swear in Your great name that I won't move from here until You have pity on Your children.' The rains came down." (Talmud, Taanit 23a)

Choni the Circle-Maker

Adar 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1560?-1640), Rabbi of Krakow and author of the Bayit Chadash ("Bach") commentary on the great Halachic work, the Arba'ah Turim.

R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was a renowned halachic authority who lived in Jerusalem. Many of his rulings pertain to modern technological advances as they apply to Jewish life.

Link: Contemporary Halachah

Daily Thought

The Zohar tells that there is a lower world—our world—and there is a higher world.

Our world must continuously receive from that higher world. But how it receives depends upon our state of mind.

If we glow with joy and vitality, then that higher world as well shines upon us in full glory and abundance.

But if we wallow in depression and anxiety, then we can receive only the metered trickle that squeezes through such a constricted channel.

Depression, anxiety and pessimism—these all damage the channels of blessing from Above.

That is why King David said, “Serve G‑d with joy!” Because your joy here draws upon you another joy from above.