Get the best of Chabad.org content every week!
Find answers to fascinating Jewish questions, enjoy holiday tips and guides, read real-life stories and more!
ב"ה
To view Shabbat Times click here to set your location

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
To view Halachic Times click here to set your location
Jewish History

On Shevat 28 (134 BCE?), Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city's destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hasmonean times. (Megilat Taanit)

Link: The Hasmoneans

Daily Thought

The Torah describes four ways you might be responsible for another person’s property: You might be a borrower, a renter, a paid custodian, or an unpaid custodian.

The first way, you have near-total liability. The second and third, you are liable for negligence. The fourth way, you are only liable if you abandon your duties or use the property for yourself.

Entrusted with a life on Planet Earth, you have four options before you:

You could take it as just borrowed time to do whatever you like with life and the planet.

Your Maker will say, “Fine, have it your way. I’m not involved, and any damage is your responsibility.”

Or you could work out a contract with your Maker, as in, “You do this for me and I’ll do that for you.” You could be either a renter or a paid custodian.

Your Maker will say, “It’s a deal. I’ll help you out. But if you don’t keep your half of the deal, I won’t be able to keep Mine.”

Or you could recognize that all you have belongs to the One Above and your entire life’s meaning is as His agent.

You are the unpaid, faithful steward of life. You do whatever you can, and He will take complete responsibility for all your needs and all your life. Even your failures.

Likutei Sichot vol. 31, pg. 112, as per Shnei Luchot HaBrit.