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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

As a result of the libelous slander of the Frankists (followers of Sabbatai Zevi, the archbishop of Kamenitz decreed that all Hebrew books of the communities in his jurisdiction should be burned. On this day, he suffered a miraculous downfall and the decree was annulled. (Imrei Pinchas, 2003 ed., vol. 1, pp. 496–498)

The explosion of some barrels of gunpowder that had been caught on fire resulted in the collapse of a number of nearby buildings, placing Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Falk in mortal danger. In distress, he pledged that if he would survive, he would commit himself to studying the Talmud and its commentaries. He was miraculously saved, and went on to author his classic Talmudic commentary, Pnei Yehoshua. (Introduction of the author to the above work)

After overcoming the Greek forces, the Hasmoneans cleared the Temple from the idolatrous images that had been erected there. (Megilat Taanit ch. 9)

Daily Thought

Fixing up the world is always an inside job.

What do we fix? That which we need.

When do we fix anything? When we are in need.

Why do we fix anything? Because our destiny is tied to the destiny of that which we repair and improve.

So it is with the food we eat, the bodies in which we live, the business in which we work, and the community in which we live. Nobody can come from the outside, stay outside, and make real, lasting, beneficial change.

Bati Legani 5714.