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Shabbat, December 22, 2018

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Jewish History

On this day, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob came to the rescue of the Jewish community of Hebron, after an evil Pasha imprisoned its leaders and threatened to sell the entire Jewish population into slavery.

The Sephardic community of Hebron would celebrate this day to mark the great miracle which occurred.

Links:
Purim Hebron
22 Facts About Hebron Every Jew Should Know

R. Abraham Ibn Ezra was visiting London when, one Friday night, he had a fascinating dream. In it, a venerable man approached him and handed him a letter from the Shabbat Queen. R. Abraham read the letter, in which Shabbat informed him that one of his students had attempted to prove that Shabbat begins Saturday morning, and not Friday night, and beseeched his assistance. As a result of this dream, R. Abraham wrote his Epistle of Shabbat, in which he demonstrates beyond doubt that Shabbat indeed begins Friday night.

Links: Four Reasons Shabbat Is Compared to a Bride and a Queen

Daily Thought

Our view of the world and its Creator’s view are very different.

From our perspective, there is always a giver and a taker. Whether the merchandise be knowledge, affection, or money—somebody always comes out on top and the other on the bottom.

In the Creator’s view, giver and taker are one. The taker is really giving and the giver, receiving.

For without the opportunity to give, the giver would be forever imprisoned within his own self.