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Monday, 17 Adar I, 5784

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

Our Torah tells you that you must not fear. Even if an army is charging towards you, you must not fear. For there is no danger worse than fear.

But you are only human. Do you truly have control over the dread and panic pounding in your heart?

Yes. Not directly, but through the power of your mind. If you will choose not to dwell on those things that instill panic and dread, those emotions will wither and fade.

And the choice is yours. What do you want to speak about? What do you want to think about?

For the thoughts of your mind are the conduit of life for the emotions of your heart.

Igrot Kodesh, Tzemach Tzedek, Igeret 16.