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Monday, 12 Shevat, 5781

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Jewish History

On January 18, 1943, the Germans began their second deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, which led to the first instance of armed resistance. The deportation was halted within a few days; only 5,000 Jews were removed instead of 8,000 as planned. The Nazis retreated, only to return three months later, at which time the Warsaw uprising started in earnest.

Link: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

R. Chaim Kapusi was one of the leading sages of Egypt in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He passed away at the age of ninety, on 12 Shevat in the year 5391 from Creation (1631).

It is related that R. Chaim once became blind, and the townsfolk spread rumors attributing his condition to bribery, as the verse states, “Bribery blinds the eyes of the wise.” Hearing this, R. Chaim got up before the entire congregation and announced: “If it is true that I have accepted bribery, may my eyes retain their sightlessness. But if it is not true, may my vision be restored!” Miraculously, his vision returned immediately, and he proceeded to identify the congregants by name (Shem Hagedolim).

Link: Don’t Get Bribed!

Daily Thought

“I have come to My garden, My sister, My bride.” —Song of Songs

A private garden is a special space to enjoy, to be yourself, to share with an intimate companion.

In a private garden, every bush, every flower, and every rock is placed with delicate purpose. Nothing is superfluous, everything is designed for the enjoyment and delight of the garden’s owner.

A private garden demands vigilance, labor, and maintenance—more than a home or a field of produce.

Yet this coarse world of three dimensions, grasped with our visceral senses, manipulated by our flesh hands, this is the world G‑d calls His private garden.

Because in each creation of our world, G‑d finds delight. Each one He has placed carefully and designed with divine purpose. In each, His deepest wisdom, greatness, might, beauty, and majesty can be found.

And because through our labor of Torah, mitzvahs, and good deeds, His essence and being will be known in this place and in every creature of this place, more than in any spiritual world.

For we are His bride, and this, His private garden.

10th of Shvat, 5746.