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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Passing of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1787-1859), renowned Chassidic leader, and forerunner of the "Ger" Chassidic dynasty.

Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988). For more on the Rebbetzin, see link below. Chabad's annual international conference of sheluchot (woman "emissaries") is held on or near this date.

Links: An on-line biography; more on the Rebbetzin

Daily Thought

Do not be misled by those who claim there is no purpose.

They may know life, but not the bowels of its fountain.

They may know darkness, but not its meaning.

They may have wisdom, but they cannot reach higher, to a place beyond wisdom from which all wisdom began.

They may reach so high until the very source from which all rivers flow. To the place where all known things converge, where all knowledge is one. But they have not touched the Essence.

At the Essence there is nothing—no light, no darkness, no knowledge, no convergence, no wisdom—nothing but the burning purpose of this moment now.