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Friday, December 24, 2021

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Jewish History

Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym "Rambam" and to the world at large as "Maimonides", passed away in Egypt on the 20th of Tevet in 1204 (4965).

Links: A brief biography of Maimonides
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The first volume of the Babylonian Talmud, the tractate Berachot, was printed in Soncino, Italy, on the 20th of Tevet of the year 5244 from creation (1483)

Link: What Is the Talmud?

Daily Thought

By the time Moses returned to the scene, his people had hit an all-time low.

They worshipped idols, spoke slanderously of each other, and had wandered very far from the path of their forefathers.

Perhaps he should have told them off, saying, “Repent, sinners, lest you perish altogether!”

But he didn’t. Instead, he told them how G‑d cared for them and felt their suffering, how He would bring about miracles, freedom and a wondrous future out of His love for them.

As for rebuke, Moses saved that for G‑d. “Why have You mistreated Your people?!” he demanded.

If you don’t like the other guy’s lifestyle, do him a favor, lend him a hand.

Once you’ve brought a few miracles into his life, then you can urge him to chuck his bad habits.