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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Jewish History

R. Gershon Henoch was a Polish Rebbe centered in the town of Radzyn. He is famous for his efforts in reinstituting the tekhelet—the blue wool mentioned in Scripture, that is to be attached to each corner of the tzitzit garment. The blue color derives from a marine creature known as the chilazon, the identity of which has been forgotten over centuries of exile. R. Gershon Henoch identified the chilazon with the cuttlefish.

Link: Tekhelet: The Mystery of the Long-Lost Biblical Blue Thread

Daily Thought

“G‑d said to Jacob: I am the G‑d of your fathers. Do not fear descending to Egypt . . .” (Genesis 46:3)

The pain is real. The fear is not.

The pain is real, because we are not in our true place. Nothing is in its true place. It is called exile.

The fear is not real, because no matter where we are, our G‑d is still with us.

The only thing we have to fear is that we may no longer feel the pain. For it is that pain of knowing we are in the wrong place that lifts us higher, beyond this place.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 30, p. 234.