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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Passing of Rabbi Israel Lipkin (1810-1883), known as "Rabbi Israel Salanter," founder of the "Mussar" (ethicist) movement.

Daily Thought

When the Creator came to create the human being, Truth said, "Do not create him, for he is full of lies.

Kindness said, "Create him, for he will do acts of kindness."

What did the Creator do? He cast Truth earthward, and created the human being.

That is why it says, "Truth will sprout from the earth."

—Midrash Rabba

Every argument in Torah can be reduced to the same crucial question:

Do we follow rigid, immutable truth, regardless? Or do we take into account the particulars of this situation? Do we look only from above-down, or do we take the view from below as well?

The debate is never easy, because truth is no longer truth once compromised. Rather, we need to find a way to hold both ends of the stick at once.

That is why the debate must occur among us human beings here on earth, and from there the resolution must sprout. For only in that way will Truth come down to earth, where it truly belongs.

Likutei Sichot, volume 17, page 114.