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Sunday, November 1, 2020

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Jewish History

In May 1618, the Bohemian Revolt broke out in Prague, triggering the Thirty Years’ War. In November 1620, King Ferdinand II suppressed the rebels in Prague in the Battle of White Mountain. Notwithstanding the widespread looting, the king gave orders that no Jew be harmed. To commemorate the miraculous turn of events, R. Yomtov Lipman Heller, rabbi of Prague, instituted penitential prayers to be said every year on the 14th of MarCheshvan, which he published in Prague later that year. (The above account was recorded by R. Yomtov in his introduction to the publication.)

Daily Thought

Abraham stood over them under the tree and they ate.—Genesis 18:8
When Abraham stood over them, only then were the angels capable of eating and elevating their food.—Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch

What more spiritual activity could there be than eating, when it is done not only with the mouth, but with the mind and the soul?

When a human being eats and his mind and soul are engaged, he separates the good from the bad, the divine from the mundane. The food rises to a higher realm. And then the divine sparks he has discovered within the food carry him yet higher.

The angels are incapable of such a feat—unless a human soul provides them the power. For, in purposeful eating, the human soul reaches beyond the entire order of being.

As the Creator makes spiritual energy become physical food, so the human being transforms the physical act of eating into a spiritual process, and the physical nourishment of the food into divine energy.

Everything in life has purpose. Deep purpose.

Maamar, Vayeira, 5738 (1977).