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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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

Why do we count up on Chanukah? Why not count down?

Because the foolish mistakes we make in life all fade and disappear.

But the light of our mitzvahs accumulates, shining each day more and more.