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Friday, February 22, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Rabbi Yosef Caro published the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. This concise codification of all Jewish law which is germane today was an extension of his Beit Yosef commentary (see entry for the 11th of Elul).

The Shulchan Aruch is divided in to four sections: Orach Chaim details the laws pertaining to daily life, lifecycle events, and holidays. Yoreh De'ah. laws which a practicing rabbi must be proficient in, such as complex nuances of the kosher laws, laws of mikvah, and laws of slaughtering. Even Ha'ezer, laws of marriage, divorce, reproduction, and the like. Choshen Mishpat, monetary and judicial laws; required study for a member of a rabbinical court.

To this very day, the Shulchan Aruch serves as the primary halachic guide for Jewish life.

Rabbi Yosef Caro- The Master

Daily Thought

To some, G‑d is great because He makes the wind blow.

For others, because He projects space and time out of the void.

The enlightened laugh and say He is far beyond any of this,
for His Oneness remains unaltered even by the event of Creation.

We Jews, this is what we have always said:

G‑d is so great,
He stoops to listen to the prayer of a small child;

He paints the petals of each wildflower
and awaits us there to catch Him doing so;

He plays with the rules of the world He has made
to comfort the oppressed and support those who champion justice.

He transcends the bounds of higher and lower.

He transcends all bounds.