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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

You might think that divine sparks are meted out by simple protocol: The lowlier the creation, the lowlier the divine spark it holds.

Just the opposite: Only the highest sparks could descend to the lowest places and retain their power to sustain a being.

Those are the sparks remaining to be rescued today.

Likkutei Torah, Tzav 13b and Re’eh 19c. Maamar Beshaah She’alah 5729:6.