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Monday, January 4, 2021

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Jewish History

Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym "Rambam" and to the world at large as "Maimonides", passed away in Egypt on the 20th of Tevet in 1204 (4965).

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The first volume of the Babylonian Talmud, the tractate Berachot, was printed in Soncino, Italy, on the 20th of Tevet of the year 5244 from creation (1483)

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Daily Thought

Moses, it is written, was the most humble of all men.

Obviously, he knew who he was. He knew that of all men, he alone was chosen to accomplish the greatest tasks of history—to lead an entire nation out from bondage and bring them to the greatest revelation that would ever be. He was the loftiest of all prophets, who spoke directly to G‑d whenever he wished.

He knew all this and yet he was humble.

Because Moses told himself, “This is not my own achievement. This is what I have done with the powers G‑d has gifted me. Certainly, had someone else been given these same powers, that someone else would have done an even better job.”

Likutei Sichot, vol. 13, pg. 30.