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Shabbat, February 2, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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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 Lviv, Ukraine.

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 Zhovkva on the 27th of Shevat in the year 5497 (1737).

Link: Shechitah: Ritual Slaughter

Laws and Customs

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim (“the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of the upcoming month of Adar I, which falls on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the molad, the "birth" of the new moon. See molad times.

It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrengens (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat.

Links: Shabbat Mevarchim; Tehillim (the Book of Psalms); The Farbrengen

Daily Thought

Why is it that those who hardly think of themselves are always happy, while those most self-concerned can never truly celebrate anything?

Because the more space you occupy, the less room you leave for joy.

There are those who fill their entire space with self-concern. Nothing they receive, no degree of recognition, can match the space already occupied by their self-concern.

But those who make themselves small welcome everything with joy. And if once in a while life does not provide its bounty—well, if you don‘t deserve anything anyways, what is there to be depressed about?

In fact, if you feel small enough, then you rejoice when you‘re lacking too. Because small people don‘t create big issues out of things that go wrong.

Make yourself small, and there will always be room for happiness.

Sefer Hamaamarim 5679, page 91, cited and elucidated in Maamar Chayei Sarah, 5741.