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Monday, February 12, 2018

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Jewish History

Rabbi Alexander Sender Schorr was a direct descendant of Rabbi Yosef Bechor Schorr of Orleans, one of the most famous of the French Tosafists. At a young age he was already appointed Chief Justice of the Rabbinic Court in the town of Hovniv which is directly outside of Lvov, Poland.

He authored the classic work on the laws of ritual slaughter called Simlah Chadashah, as well as a deeper commentary on those laws called Tevu'ot Shor.

The Simlah Chadashah has been reprinted more than one hundred times, and is the most widely used book to learn the laws of shechitah (ritual slaughter). Rabbi Alexander Sender Schorr passed away in the town of Zelkava on the 27th of Shevat in the year 5497 (1737).

Link: Shechitah—Laws of Ritual Slaughter

Daily Thought

Ultimately, the purpose of all things is not a rational one, but simply G‑d’s desire to dwell in an ordinary world, the one in which you and I live. Out of His desire comes not only this world, but all worlds and all things within them.

Why does He so desire? The question is meaningless. Reason is a mere creation. G‑d just is. There is nothing for Him to gain or risk losing, for G‑d lacks nothing. He desires without cause, just to desire.

And what does He desire? He desires to breathe a soul that is of His essence into a physical body, dressing it first within another soul, an earthly one, one very much a part of this ordinary world.

And He desires that this body and its earthly impulses will obscure and hide the divine soul breathed into it. And that nevertheless, somehow, through all this struggle, that divine soul will filter away the ugliness and refine the preciousness of the body, of the animal driving it, and even of its share of this world.

This is the sanctuary that each person makes in his life, a place where an animal is raised up onto an altar of G‑dly fire. It is here that G‑d is found in all of His primal essence, dwelling in an ordinary world.

And for this all things were made.