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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Jewish History

Kislev 12 is the yahrtzeit (date of the passing) of Chabad.org's founding director, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kazen ("YYK," 1954-1998), widely acclaimed as the "father of the Jewish internet."

Links:
Tribute Section to YY Kazen
About YY Kazen
The Soul of Cyberspace

R. Shlomo Luria, known by his acronym Maharshal, was an eminent scholar in sixteenth-century Poland. He headed a yeshiva in Brisk and Lublin and wrote many works, including Yam Shel Shlomo and Chachmas Shlomo. An independent thinker, he did not hesitate to criticize his colleagues when he felt they had erred in their method of Talmudic study and halachic analysis. At the same time, he was an extremely humble person and was the teacher of many great Torah scholars of his generation.

It is related that one night, R. Shlomo sat down to study to the light of a small candle. Miraculously, the candle did not extinguish, allowing R. Shlomo to continue his studies for many hours (Shem Hagedolim).

Link: Rabbi Shlomo Luria

Daily Thought

You might think that divine sparks are meted out by simple protocol: The lowlier the creation, the lowlier the divine spark it holds.

Just the opposite: Only the highest sparks could descend to the lowest places and retain their power to sustain a being.

Those are the sparks remaining to be rescued today.

Likkutei Torah, Tzav 13b and Re’eh 19c. Maamar Beshaah She’alah 5729:6.