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Friday, March 6, 2020

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Jewish History

Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Lowe, known as the Maharal of Prague was famous among Jews and non-Jews alike. He was a mystic who was revered for his holiness and Torah scholarship, as well as his proficiency in mathematics, astronomy, and other sciences. Eventually, word of his greatness reached the ears of Emperor Rudolph II.

The Emperor invited the Maharal to his castle on February 23, 1592. There they conversed for one and a half hours, and developed a mutual respect for each other.

Rabbi Judah Lowe made use of his excellent connections with the Emperor, often intervening on behalf of his community when it was threatened by anti-Semitic attacks or oppression.

Link: Rabbi Judah Lowe of Prague, The Maharal

Daily Thought

Before the beginning, the Talmud tells, the Creator consulted each of His creations. He asked, “Would you enjoy existing?”

The Talmud is not interested in fables. This is its way of telling us that G-d shares His delight with each of His creations. Just as He delights in bringing each of His creations into being, so each creation delights in being just what it is.

It turns out that everyone at the party is happy. So why aren’t we celebrating?

Simchat Torah, 5746.