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Wednesday, 4 Tevet, 5780

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Jewish History

R. Gershon Henoch was a Polish Rebbe centered in the town of Radzyn. He is famous for his efforts in reinstituting the tekhelet—the blue wool mentioned in Scripture, that is to be attached to each corner of the tzitzit garment. The blue color derives from a marine creature known as the chilazon, the identity of which has been forgotten over centuries of exile. R. Gershon Henoch identified the chilazon with the cuttlefish.

Link: Tekhelet: The Mystery of the Long-Lost Biblical Blue Thread

Daily Thought

We all know the power of darkness—it is in the news every day. A thousand times more is the power of light.

A busy person stopping to do an act of kindness, a small child reaching up to kiss the mezuzah on the door of her room, a flickering candle for Shabbat or Chanukah—each of these are as bursts of light in the nighttime sky.

True, they rarely appear in the daily news. But the darkness of yesterday’s news will pass like the shadows of clouds while light endures forever, accumulating with every burst, until no room is left for darkness to hide.