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Shabbat, May 26, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Shaul DovBer Zislin was a student in Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim in Lubavitch. He went on as to serve as the director and spiritual mentor of the yeshiva’s division in Shchedrin, and later as rabbi in Berezin (Byerazino) and Orsha (all three are towns in present-day Belarus). In 1934 he emigrated to the Land of Israel, where he served as rabbi of the Meah Shearim neighborhood of Tel Aviv until his passing on 12 Sivan, 5724 (1964).

R. Shaul DovBer was known as a clever individual with a noble character. He possessed a deep knowledge of Chassidut, and had the unique ability to clarify the most obscure concepts, which attracted many listeners to his lectures and farbrengens.

Link: The Meeting

Laws and Customs

When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, and all Jews would come there for the three annual "pilgrimage festivals" (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot), Sivan 12 was the last of the seven days allotted for the offerings brought in conjunction with the Shavuot pilgrimage (unlike the festivals of Passover and Sukkot, which have seven biblically mandated days, Shavuot consists only of one day; hence the additional six days of tashlumin or "fulfillment").

Thus we do not recite the tachnun (confession and penitential suplication), and the other prayers omitted on a festival or joyous commemoration, from the 1st of Sivan until and including the 12th, as all these days bear a connection with the festival of Shavuot (see last week's calendar entries for Sivan 1 through 6).

Links: about the temple Offerings

It is the custom of many communities (and such is the Chabad custom) to continue the weekly study of a chapter Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot"), one chapter each Shabbat afternoon, through through the summer, until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanahn (the first six-week cycle is completed on the six Shabbatot between Passover and Shavuot). This Shabbat, being the first Shabbat after Shavuot, we study Chapter One.

Link: Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 1

Daily Thought

Amazement never ceases for the enlightened mind.

At every moment it views in astonishment the wonder of an entire world renewed out of the void, and asks, “How could it be that anything exists at all?”