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Friday, June 14, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory's, parents, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944) and Rebbetzin Chana Yanovsky (1880-1964) were married on the 11th of Sivan, 1900. Their oldest son, Menachem Mendel, was born two years later, on the 11th of Nissan of 1902.

Links:
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
Marriage: an Anthology

Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss, known as the Minchat Yitzchak (the name of the responsa he authored), was born in Galicia in 1902. He headed of the court of Jewish law, the Beit Din, in Grosswardein, Romania before WWII, and after miraculously surviving the war he assumed the same position in Manchester, England.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust he worked diligently on aiding the many women whose husbands disappeared, and presumably perished, during the war; finding halachic "loopholes" which allowed them to remarry according to Jewish law.

He authored a nine-volume set of responsa. In this widely-used work, he addresses many modern-day halachic issues which resulted from the technological explosion, as well as many medical ethics issues.

In 1979, he assumed the position of Av Beit Din (Head of Court) in the Edah Hachareidit, one of the most prominent rabbinical bodies in Israel. He served in this capacity for the remainder of his life.

He passed away on the 11th of Sivan. An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral.

Daily Thought

There are two sorts of relationship: Face-to-face. And back-to-back.

I could be interested in what I can get from you. Then we are back-to-back.

Or I could be interested in you. Then we are face-to-face.

Even if I cared for you because I love the way you are, we are still not face-to-face. Because the-way-you-are is not you.

Even if I cared for you because you are my parent or my child, we are still not truly face-to-face. Because there is more to you than being a parent or a child.

If so, only with the One who knows you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, you at your most essential core, and chooses you there—only with your Creator can you stand truly face-to-face.

Only His love is real, and the love of those who love those who their Creator loves.