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Sunday, November 7, 2021

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

There is only the One Above,
and you below.

As for this universe you inhabit, it is nothing more than a means by which the two of you will connect.

Whatever enters your universe today will be precisely what you need to connect. Perhaps by doing a mitzvah. Perhaps by overcoming a challenge. Or perhaps by extracting from it some spark of divine wisdom.

You don’t need to understand the purpose. You just need to know that G-d does not dump useless junk in your world.

As for the other guy, he is the center of his universe. And when you enter his universe, you must know that you are only there to assist him in his life’s mission to connect above and below.

Reshimot, 44.