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Thursday, 25 Shevat, 5782

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Jewish History

Passing of Rabbi Israel Lipkin (1810-1883), known as "Rabbi Israel Salanter," founder of the "Mussar" (ethicist) movement.

Daily Thought

When you approach any human wisdom, you must first understand and discern. You must say, “This makes sense to me; I will follow this. This is a teacher with a good reputation; I will consider her lessons. This doesn’t fit for me; I will put this aside for now.”

But learning Torah means more than learning wisdom. To learn Torah is to enter into union with the Giver of Torah. To make His thoughts your thoughts, His mind your mind. To achieve perfect oneness.

At Sinai, we understood this well. When Moses asked us if we were ready to accept the Torah, we answered, “We will do, and we will understand.”

First, we will do. Because we know Who was asking us. And we desired to connect with Him.

Then we will attempt, in whatever small way we can, to understand.

To bring His thoughts into our thoughts, His mind into our minds. To become one with Him.