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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

After 334 years, the 2nd Holy Temple in Jerusalem (see "Today in Jewish History" for Adar 3) was in disrepair. In the year 19 BCE, King Herod I floated the idea of rebuilding and renovating the Temple. Though many Jews were wary of Herod’s motives, the renovation was completed eight years later. The new structure was magnificent, causing the Talmud to state: "He who has not seen Herod's edifice has not seen a magnificent edifice!"

Link: Herod the Great

On the afternoon of 12 Adar II 5752 (March 17, 1992), a pickup truck loaded with explosives smashed into the front of the Israeli Embassy and detonated. The embassy, a church, and a school were destroyed. The blast killed 29 and wounded 242.

Daily Thought

A young man came to the Rebbe to receive his blessing. The Rebbe looked at him and said, "A Jew must be happy!"

The young man replied, "Rebbe, what is there to be happy about?"

The Rebbe answered, "Be happy that you were privileged to wrap tefillin this morning!"

The young man mumbled a few words that made the situation quite obvious.

The Rebbe responded, "Be happy that you have a G‑d who waits every minute for the moment you will return to Him and wrap tefillin!"