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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Shaul DovBer Zislin was a student in Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim in Lubavitch. He went on as to serve as the director and spiritual mentor of the yeshiva’s division in Shchedrin, and later as rabbi in Berezin (Byerazino) and Orsha (all three are towns in present-day Belarus). In 1934 he emigrated to the Land of Israel, where he served as rabbi of the Meah Shearim neighborhood of Tel Aviv until his passing on 12 Sivan, 5724 (1964).

R. Shaul DovBer was known as a clever individual with a noble character. He possessed a deep knowledge of Chassidut, and had the unique ability to clarify the most obscure concepts, which attracted many listeners to his lectures and farbrengens.

Link: The Meeting

Laws and Customs

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, and all Jews would come there for the three annual "pilgrimage festivals" (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot), Sivan 12 was the last of the seven days allotted for the offerings brought in conjunction with the Shavuot pilgrimage (unlike the festivals of Passover and Sukkot, which have seven biblically mandated days, Shavuot consists only of one day; hence the additional six days of tashlumin or "fulfillment").

Thus we do not recite the tachnun (confession and penitential suplication), and the other prayers omitted on a festival or joyous commemoration, from the 1st of Sivan until and including the 12th, as all these days bear a connection with the festival of Shavuot (see last week's calendar entries for Sivan 1 through 6).

Links: about the temple Offerings

Daily Thought

A college student once asked the Rebbe what is his job. The Rebbe gestured to the ceiling of his room and replied:

Do you see that light bulb? It is connected by wires to an electrical generating station that powers the whole of Brooklyn. And that plant is connected to turbo-generators at Niagara Falls that power the whole of New York State and more.

Every one of us is a light bulb wired into an infinitely powerful generator. But the room may still be dark, because the connection has yet to be made, and it is hard to find a switch in the dark.

The job of a rebbe is to take your hand in that dark room and help it find the switch.