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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

"One year, most of Adar went by and it didn't rain. They sent for Choni the Circle Maker. He prayed and the rains didn't come. He drew a circle, stood in it and said: 'Master of The World! Your children have turned to me; I swear in Your great name that I won't move from here until You have pity on Your children.' The rains came down." (Talmud, Taanit 23a)

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Choni the Circle-Maker

Adar 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1560?-1640), Rabbi of Krakow and author of the Bayit Chadash ("Bach") commentary on the great Halachic work, the Arba'ah Turim.

Daily Thought

Another thing about your kosher inner animal:

Having a split hoof means it points in two directions at once.

That's important. Because if you want your animal to shine, never let it go in just one direction.

It has to go to the right—to reach out to others and pull them close.

And at the same time, it has to go to the left—not to compromise when integrity is at risk.

For example, if you want to help someone find their path in Torah and life, it has to be with love.

But if the love bends the Torah, in the end, there's neither Torah nor love.

That's the path to truth: Always go in two opposite directions at once.

Likutei Sichot vol. 1, pg. 222.