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Shabbat, March 23, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Agrippa I, appointed by the Roman Emperor to rule over Judea, was pious and kind to his subjects. During his reign, the Jews began to prosper and live comfortably. The Sages of the time accorded him great respect.

Agrippa I started construction to repair, broaden and heighten the walls around Jerusalem. The Romans, wary of the Jews' rising prosperity, placed many obstacles in his way. Nonetheless, the wall was completed, though the finished product was not as magnificent as originally planned.

The 16th of Adar, the day when the construction commenced, was instituted to be a joyous day.

Daily Thought

Because you did not serve G‑d your G‑d with joy and gladness over the abundance of everything. (Deuteronomy 28:47)

Imagine you were just bequeathed a treasury containing most of the world’s wealth.

Imagine the thrill coursing through your veins, the celebration you would throw.

That is the joy of a single mitzvah.

—Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Ari.