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Friday, December 28, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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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
Join the Maimonides Study Cycle

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

They say the most profound darkness comes just before the dawn. The harshest oppression of our forefathers in Egypt came just before their liberation.

That was a coarse darkness of slavery of the body. Today it is a darkness of the soul, a deep slumber of the spirit of humankind. There are sparks of light, glimmerings of a sun that never shone before—but the darkness of night overwhelms all.

Yet the darkness of night comes only to set the stage for a new dawn.