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Monday, October 12, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Jews who had returned to the Land of Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah gathered on this day and repented their misdeeds, signing a document in which they committed to trust in G‑d and follow His ways. Among the mitzvot they specified were to refrain from intermarriage and from purchasing produce on Shabbat (Nehemiah 9:1–3; 10:1–32).

Link: The Return to Israel

R. Yaakov Yosef was one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov. He was the first one to disseminate the teachings of Chassidut in print, publishing the work Toldot Yaakov Yosef in 1780.

Link: The Rabbi’s Secret Sins

Laws and Customs

The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted throughout the remainder of the festive month of Tishrei.

Daily Thought

There’s one word at the conclusion of the creation story that gives everything away:

“…that G-d created to do.”

“To do,” taught Rabbi Akiva, means to fix, to improve.

Heaven and earth were created so that you could discover your contribution to G-d’s work, that one tweak only you can make to the universe.

And then the Creator can say, “Look at the world I made! Within it lies My most essential power—the power to create something new.”

Bayom Hashmini 5740