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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Jewish History

After leaving Morocco and before settling in Egypt, Maimonides visited Jerusalem and prayed at the site of the Holy Temple. Three days later, on 9 MarCheshvan, he visited Hebron and prayed at the Cave of Machpelah. Maimonides resolved to keep these two days—6 and 9 MarCheshvan—as a personal holiday (Charedim ch. 65 [5744 ed.).

Link: Rambam (Maimonides)

Daily Thought

“Go to yourself…to the land that I will show you.”—Genesis 12:1
“There, in the land, on this earth, I will show you your essence.”—Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

The spiritual world of meditation and prayer has its boundaries:

That which can be known will be known.
That which is beyond knowing is permitted to whisper, softly.
And the very core of your being remains beyond the border, aching to enter, yet unable to utter a word of its presence.

But when the soul descends into the world of action,
then every rule can be broken,
every boundary crossed.

So G‑d says to Abraham—and to us, his children:

Take your soul out into the world.
Take its very essence there.
Find divine purpose in your work.
Discover G-d within the commonplace of this everyday world.

You will come to know which cannot be known; your eyes will see that which the soul could never lay bare—its very core of being.

In this world, the soul knows no borders.

Lech Lecha, 5738 (1977)