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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Rabbi Judah the Prince -- also known as Rabbeinu Hakadosh ("our holy master"), or simply as "Rabbi" -- was elected nasi -- spiritual and civil head of the Jewish community at large -- after the death of his father, Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel. Foreseeing that due to the tribulations of the Exile which the Jewish nation was about to endure it was likely that many of the sacred laws would be forgotten, Rabbi Judah decided to gather, record, edit, and organize the statements of the earlier sages, setting the Oral Law down in writing for very the first time, in the form of the Mishnah.

He passed away around 188 CE; some say it was around 219 CE.

Although he was extremely wealthy and on friendly terms with the Emperor Antoninus, in his dying hour he lifted both his hands to Heaven, swearing that he had not benefited from his wealth even with his little finger. Instead he had labored in the study of Torah with all his strength.

On the day that Rabbi Judah died, a heavenly voice went forth and announced: Whosoever has been present at the death of Rabbi is destined to enjoy the life of the World to Come.

The Talmud (Ketubot 103a) relates that even after his passing, for a time, Rabbi Judah would still visit his home every Friday evening at dusk. Wearing Shabbat clothes, he would recite the Kiddush, and thereby discharge his family members from their obligation to hear Kiddush.

Link: Rabbi Judah the Prince
The Compilation of the Mishnah

Daily Thought

When the Maccabees recaptured the Holy Temple, they found that the enemy had contaminated all the olive oil. 

So they searched until they found one small jug with the seal of the High Priest. 

They lit the Menorah with that oil, and it burned miraculously for eight days.

When we look inside our own selves, the temple of our soul, there are times when nothing seems pure or sincere. 

But there is a place, in the deepest recesses of the soul, that always remains pure. 

Discover that small jug of oil. Ignite it. Let it shine. Its light will perform miracles.