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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R Yomtov Algazi was the chief rabbi of Jerusalem from 1773 until his death. During a journey to Europe to raise money for the Jewish community in Israel, he discovered a manuscript of a work of Nachmanides: a compilation of the laws of the firstborn and the separation of challah, styled after R. Yitzchak Alfasi’s codex of Jewish law. R. Yomtov undertook to publish the manuscript, accompanied by a lengthy commentary he authored, which brought him worldwide fame as a brilliant Torah scholar.

Daily Thought

Start here: Open yourself to receive all that heaven wants to give you.

How will you receive it? By being empty.

Full of self-concern, of "what will become of me?" of "where life is taking me?"—there’s no room for life to enter.

But a simple, open spirit is filled with joy from heaven.

Maamar Vayishlach 5718. Sichat Acharon Shel Pesach 5723:9.