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Monday, January 13, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

On this date, Murad IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, recaptured Baghdad from the Persian Shah after a forty-day siege. The Jews of Baghdad, who had suffered under the Shah’s tenure, celebrated this day each year to praise G‑d for rescuing them from Persian rule. According to legend, the Jews assisted in the capture by secretly conveying a message to the Sultan about a breach in the wall through which his forces could enter the city.

Daily Thought

As a person treats others here below, so he is treated above.

Perhaps someone once tried to tell you about the ugly deeds of another.

Perhaps you really wanted to hear. Yet, mustering all your moral strength, you quietly responded, “I’m not interested.”

And you didn’t listen.

Perhaps, when your soul returns to its place above, a prosecuting angel will appear to report on your deeds down here. And it’s possible that some of those deeds may also not have been so pretty.

But just as you responded, so too G‑d will also say, “I’m not interested. I don’t even want to listen.”

The sweat was worthwhile.

Maamar Shoftim 5729 (end); Torat Menachem 5752, vol. 2, p. 117.