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Shabbat, November 24, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

On this day, the bottom of Noah's ark, submerged 11 cubits beneath the water's surface, touched down and came to rest on the top of Mount Ararat.

(This follows the opinion of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Joshua, who maintains that the Flood began on Iyar 17.)

See: Great Flood Begins.

"Pulver Purim" was established by Rabbi Avraham Danzig (1748-1820) author of the halachic works Chayei Adam and Chochmat Adam, after he and his family were miraculously saved from a fire on the eve of the 16th of Kislev.

The inferno engulfed many homes, including his own home and the very room where all of his family members were, causing some of the walls to collapse. Rabbi Avraham Danzig then established the 16th of Kislev as a day of celebration for all of his future descendents.

Daily Thought

In Chabad, we never say that we are “bringing close those who are distant.”

It is forbidden to harm a person with words, and these words are an insult to those you wish to reach.

And it is also simply untrue. There are no Jews who are distant.

When you know the truth and live in a world of truth, you see that every Jew is close.

Sichot Kodesh 5740, vol. 3, 102–103.