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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The great Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717-1786) was one of the elite disciples of Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezritch, and a colleague of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. He is also widely known as the No'am Elimelech, the title of the renowned chassidic work he authored.

Rabbi Elimelech attracted many thousands of chassidim, among them many who after his passing became great chassidic masters in their own right. Most notable amongst them was Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, the "Seer of Lublin." Many of the current chassidic dynasties trace themselves back to Rabbi Elimelech.

Link: R. Elimelech of Lizhensk

Daily Thought

Shabbat is a day of rest. And that, conceptually, is an oxymoron.

Because a day is a period of time, and time is activity. And rest means a cessation of activity. In other words, a cessation of time.

But this is Shabbat: A day in which our temporal world joins with a world beyond time.

So that we can taste the transcendental, the forever mysterious and divine, within the food on our plate, the wine in our cups, and the song on our lips.

On Shabbat, we taste of a world to come. Because when this temporary world is done, we will enter a “day that is entirely Shabbat and rest for eternal life.”

A time beyond time. Live it now.