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Thursday, May 20, 2021

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Jewish History

Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer, better known as the Kaf Hachaim (the name of the monumental halachic work which he authored), was born in Baghdad in 1870. In his youth he studied Torah under the Sephardic greats of the times, such as the Ben Ish Chai.

In the beginning of the 20th century Rabbi Yaakov Chaim emigrated to the Land of Israel, and settled in Jerusalem. There he became renowned as a great kabbalist as well as a recognized halachic authority. He authored an eight-volume book on Jewish law, with a special focus on Jewish law and customs from a mystical viewpoint.

He passed away on the 9th of Sivan in Jerusalem and was buried on the Mount of Olives.

Daily Thought

In the beginning, a world of twos was created.

Heaven and Earth. Body and soul. Good and evil. Life and death. Light and darkness.

Those who chose Heaven abandoned the earth. Those who chose the body abandoned the soul. Those who chose evil destroyed life.

Those who chose good believed it would only come with death.

Until Torah entered the world.

Heaven met Earth and the two embraced. The soul found meaning within the body. Good found purpose in its journey through darkness. And those who died will return to find truth in this world.

Torah is a way of peace between all opposites, a light to discover the truth within all that G‑d has made. An absolute oneness beyond all binaries.​