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Monday, May 28, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

In 1509, Emperor Maximilian of Germany ordered that all Jewish books in the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt am Main be destroyed. This followed the request of Pfefferkorn, a baptized Jew, who claimed that Jewish literature was insulting to Christianity. The Jews appealed to the Emperor to reconsider this edict, and Maximilian agreed to investigate the matter. He appointed Johann Reuchlin, a famed German scholar, to conduct the investigation. The report issued by Reuchlin was very positive. He demonstrated that the books openly insulting to Christianity were very few and viewed as worthless by most Jews themselves. The other books were needed for Jewish worship, and contained much value in the areas of theology and science.

The Emperor rescinded his edict on the 14th of Sivan, 1510.

Daily Thought

Don’t fear the question. Savor it. If the question will become your own, then the answer will as well.

Yes, we must do what is right even when we don’t understand. But after we have done, we still must understand. And understanding comes only with questions.

Questions are also part of the truth.

20 Cheshvan, 5746