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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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Jewish History

On Adar 24, Czar Alexander I of Russia declared the Blood Libel -- the infamous accusation that Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood in the baking of matzah for Passover, for which thousands of Jews were massacred through the centuries -- to be false. Nevertheless, nearly a hundred years later the accusation was officially leveled against Mendel Beilis in Kiev.

Link: A detailed look at the Beilis case, including primary evidence, photographs, interviews and a documentary.

Daily Thought

The second thing a kosher inner animal requires is a split in its hooves—all the way through, down to the ground. .

There's got to be some light shining where your feet touch the ground.

Which means: When you look at the earth, and all the earthly things you're involved in, don't just see earth.

See light. See the divine spark within the earth, the light shining on the jewels between your toes.

Look carefully and ponder and you will find them there.

As King Solomon wrote in his Song of Songs, "G‑d is peeking through the cracks."

Likutei Sichot vol. 1, pg. 222.