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Shabbat, May 29, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Spanish cabinet approved a bill which granted religious freedom to Spain's Jews as well as other religious minorities. Since 1492 it had been officially forbidden to practice Judaism in Spain -- though this law had not been enforced for many years before its official abolishment.

The Inquisition

Laws and Customs

During the summer months, from the Shabbat after Passover until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashahah, we study a weekly chapter of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") each Shabbat afternoon; this week we study Chapter Two.

Link: Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 2

Daily Thought

Before your soul descended to this world it burned with a passionate flame of love to merge within the divine, infinite light of G‑d.

Then it entered a body, a creature of sinews and bones. So that here it would learn the ultimate meaning of love.

The body will be your wick. The mitzvahs you do, the Torah you learn, they will be your fuel. A teacher will appear to reignite your flame.

And here you will learn that even a creature of meat and bones can yearn for the infinite light. Because, in truth, there is nothing outside that light.

Maamar Behalotecha 5729