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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Jewish History

The Exilarch ("Reish Galuta") of Babylonian Jewry, Huna Mori bar Mar Zutra, was executed in Pumpadita by order of the Persian emperor on the 18th of Tevet of the year 4229 from creation (469 of the common era). Also killed on that day was Rav Mesharshia bar Pekod (the third Jewish leader who was arrested with them, Rav Ameimar bar Mar Yenuka, was executed two months later).

The 18th of Tevet the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapiro of Dynov (1783?-1841), author of the Chassidic work B'nei Yissachar.

Links: Read two stories about the Rabbi
Forty-Three Rubles
The Mystery of the Troubled Wool Merchant

Also, learn a teaching of the B'nei Yissachar

Daily Thought

Sometimes you might connect with someone who has a severe moral challenge in life. And you can’t see how this person can possibly overcome this challenge.

But then, you have your own challenges. And you also can’t see how you can possibly overcome these challenges.

Because each person has their own battle to fight, unique from any other.

So what should you do?

You fight those battles that you can win—including those the other guy can’t handle. The other guy will fight those battles that he can win—including those that you can’t handle. Eventually, both of you will find that those impossible battles have somehow become possible.

We are, after all, a single being, all of humanity.

Maamar Amar Rabbi Oshaya, 19 Kislev 5739.