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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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Jewish History

Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir Tam, known as the "Rabbenu Tam," was one of Rashi's illustrious grandsons. During the Second Crusade, on the second day of the holiday of Shavuot, the Crusaders entered his hometown of Ramerupt, and pillaged and massacred many Jews.

They broke into Rabbenu Tam's house, plundered all his wealth, and seriously wounded Rabbenu Tam. On the next day, the 8th of Sivan, Rabbenu Tam escaped Rameru and the clutches of the Crusaders.

Two years later he completed his famous treatise on Jewish ritual and ethics, Sefer Hayashar.

Links:
Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir, the Rabbenu Tam
The Crusades

Laws and Customs

The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted through the 12th of Sivan.

On Isru Chag, It is customary to hold a kinus Torah, a public gathering in which Torah thoughts are shared and discussed.

Daily Thought

Over here it says, “For G‑d, it’s bright above the clouds.”

But over here it says, “He makes darkness His hiding place.”

Is G‑d in the darkness or is He in the light?

A third verse answers: “For You, darkness is as light and light is as darkness.”

-Sefer HaBahir

This is the way of Torah:

First we find light. Then we find darkness that contradicts the light. And then Torah reveals an inner oneness that transcends light and darkness.

Torah reveals the Essence of all things. ​