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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Three years after the request by the Council of Colmar, Emperor Maximilian I granted permission to expel the Jews of Colmar, Germany. The community exerted every effort to secure the repeal of the decree of banishment. With the help of Rabbi Joselman of Rosheim, the leader of the Alsatian Jews, the enforcement of the decree was postponed until S. George's Day of 1512.

Birth of the revered Torah scholar, pietist and Jewish leader Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838-1933) of Radin (Poland), author of Chafetz Chaim (a work on the evils of gossip and slander and the guidelines of proper speech) and Mishnah Berurah (a codification of Torah law).

Link: A Tzaddik's Tear

Daily Thought

Only from One who is neither water nor fire can come both the oceans and the stars;

From One who is neither large nor small can come both the blue whale and the gnat;

From One who is neither light nor darkness
can come both the eyes of the hawk and the ears of the bat,
the glistening fierceness in a leopard’s eye,
the tender care of a mighty eagle for her eaglets,
silence and noise,
destruction and renewal,
order and chaos

—all in the same instant, all within a single being.

We must preserve the diversity of our world, and of one another, for in that diversity is expressed the deepest secret of the divine.

Sichot Kodesh, 5738, vol. 2, pp. 201-203.