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Shabbat, January 2, 2021

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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

The Baal Shem Tov once said that he was capable of rising to heaven in a fiery chariot as did Elijah, but he would rather undergo the transformation of “…and to the earth you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)

He explained that this way, through the initial dip downward, he would be able to reach much higher.

So too in each of our lives. If it seems to you at times that your life has made a sharp turn downward, or that the world around you has taken a great leap backward,

Know that this is only a necessary prelude to a great spring forward and upward yet to come.

And if so, from the view above, everything is always moving only upward.

Torat Menachem Hitvaduyot, vol. 5, pg. 192.