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Monday, 8 Cheshvan, 5781

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Jewish History

R. Jonah was a thirteenth-century scholar who lived in Spain. Although originally opposed to Maimonides’ philosophical works (most notably, his Guide for the Perplexed), he later changed his views, and even vowed to travel to Maimonides’ gravesite to posthumously beg for forgiveness. (He indeed began the long journey, but passed away before completing it.)

R. Jonah authored Shaarei Teshuvah (an ethical work on repentance), a commentary on R. Isaac Al-Fasi’s halachic compendium, and a commentary on Ethics of the Fathers, among other works.

Others date his passing as 1 or 28 MarCheshvan.

Link: Rabbeinu Jonah Gerondi

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)