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Friday, February 14, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

With the Black Death raging throughout Switzerland, poison was reported to have been found in the wells at Zofingen. Some Jews were put to the "Dümeln" (thumbscrews) test, whereupon they "admitted" their guilt of the charges brought against them. This discovery was then communicated to the people of Basel, Zurich, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, and even Cologne.

The Jews of Basel were burned on an island in the Rhine on January 9, 1349, in wooden huts that were especially built for the occasion. Their children, who were spared, were taken and forcibly baptized.

On his way back from participating in a brit milah ceremony in Bohuslav (in what is now Ukraine), R. Aryeh Leib, known as the “Grandfather of Shpoli” was crossing over the frozen Ros River when the ice suddenly broke beneath his feet. Miraculously he was saved, and to this day his descendants mark this date with a joyous feast (Ish Hapelleh, pp. 299–301).

Link: The Story of the Baby Who Was a Grandfather

Daily Thought

First there was One. There was no peace, because there was nothing with which to make peace. There was only One.

Then there was Two. There was diversity. From this point on, an infinite cacophony of conflict extended in all directions and forever.

And on the third day G‑d created peace.

Peace is not homogeneity. Peace does not mean that everyone thinks the same way. Peace is when there is diversity that finds a higher Oneness.