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Monday, March 23, 2020

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Jewish History

Zedekiah was the last king of the royal house of David to reign in the Holy Land. He ascended the throne in 434 BCE, after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia (to whom the kingdom of Judah was then subject) exiled King Jeconiah (Zedekiah's nephew) to Babylonia . In 425 BCE Zedekiah rebelled against Babylonian rule, and Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem (in Tevet 10 of that year); in the summer of 423 BCE the walls of Jerusalem were penetrated, the city conquered, the (first) Holy Temple destroyed, and the people of Judah exiled to Babylonia. Zedekiah tried escaping through a tunnel leading out of the city, but was captured; his sons were killed before his eyes, and then he was blinded. Zedekiah languished in the royal dungeon in Babylonia until Nebuchadnezzar's death in 397 BCE; Evil Meroduch -- Nebuchadnezzar's son and successor -- freed him (and his nephew Jeconiah) on the 27th of Adar, but Zedikiah died that same day.

Link: Zedekiah: The Last King of Israel

On the 27th of Adar I, 5752 (Monday, March 2, 1992), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, suffered a disabling stroke while praying at the gravesite of the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch. On the same date two years later, the Rebbe lost consciousness following another stroke; three months later, on the 3rd of Tammuz 5754 (June 12, 1994), the Rebbe's soul ascended on high, orphaning a generation.

Links:
A Gathering With the Rebbe
A Silence Louder Than Words
Everyone a Tzaddik: Miracles, Transmission and Ascent

Daily Thought

No matter what the danger, how near or how imminent it may be, even if an army is charging towards you, even if thousands fall by your side, even if a sword is held over your neck,

…it is in your power not to fear.

And you have a responsibility not to fear. For with your fear, you not only endanger yourself, you endanger all those around you, especially those who depend upon you.

It is in your power not to fear because as soon as you remove your mind from thoughts that evoke fear, the fear will wither away like weeds uprooted from their soil, like fish pulled up from the sea.

There are plenty of good thoughts to ponder. Keep them always at hand. Turn to them as soon as any disturbing thought appears.

Stay healthy. Do not fear. The two go hand in hand.