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Monday, February 4, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

On the morning of February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle, returning from its STS-107 mission, was destroyed upon re-entry, 16 minutes before its scheduled landing. All its crew members perished, including Ilan Ramon, a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, who was the first Israeli astronaut. Prior to his departing to space on Space Shuttle Columbia, where his mission included the manning of a multispectral camera for recording desert aeroso, he arranged to take kosher food as well as a Kiddush cup, a Torah Scroll, and a dollar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory.

Links: Pride, Pain and the Suddenness of Life; Remembering Ilan Ramon

Laws and Customs
Starting in the afternoon, Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.
Daily Thought

If you believe you are an angel, prepare for disappointment.

If you believe you are a beast, you may well become depressed.

Best to know you are human. Stay away from situations you can‘t handle, and when you fail, pick yourself up, say you’re sorry, and keep on going.

That‘s even higher than the angels.