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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The city of Mumbai, India, was hit with a series of coordinated terror attacks, starting on Wednesday evening, the 29th of Cheshvan 5769, which left close to 200 dead and scores more injured.

One of the terrorists' chosen targets was the local Chabad House, known as the "Nariman House," operated by Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel Noach (Gabi) and Rivkah (Rivki) Holtzberg.

In the subsequent standoff, which continued until Friday afternoon, Gabi and Rivki and several other Jews in the Chabad House – Rabbis Bentzion Chroman and Leibish Teitelbaum, Norma Schwartzblatt-Rabinowitz and Yocheved Orpaz – were killed in cold blood. May G‑d avenge their murders.

Miraculously, the Holtzbergs' two-year-old child, Moshe, was saved by his nanny.

Link: Mumbai Terror Attacks

Daily Thought

The Holy Ari, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, taught that each of G‑d's creations, no matter how lowly, is sustained by a heavenly spark. That spark yearns to reconnect to its source—which can only happen when a human being will use it for a heavenly purpose.

If so, why does the world fight back against our every effort to rescue it, to reveal its true meaning?

It doesn’t. Nothing stands in our way. A created being cannot oppose its own destiny.

The resistance is an illusion of our limited perception. As hard as we might try, we will not be able to understand why the world is behaving the way it does. The sparks themselves do not know. Because the purpose of each thing is a mystery that has yet to enter reality.

So that it is not the sparks that resist, neither is it the world enlivened by those sparks.

It is only our own sense of self, the only free agent, that says, “I will do this mitzvah. I will redeem the Divine.”