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Friday, 17 Sivan, 5781

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Seven months after the beginning of the Great Flood, and 17 days after the waters covering the earth began to subside, the Ark sheltering Noah, his family, and members of all animal species came to rest on the (still submerged) summit of Mount Ararat.

Links:
A Chronology of the Flood
The Torah's account of the Flood, with commentary (Parshat Noach)
More on The Flood

The Hasmonean fighters recaptured Migdal Tzur from the Greek enemy and proclaimed this day a holiday (Talmud, Megilat Taanit).

Link: The Macabees

Daily Thought

Before your soul descended to this world it burned with a passionate flame of love to merge within the divine, infinite light of G‑d.

Then it entered a body, a creature of sinews and bones. So that here it would learn the ultimate meaning of love.

The body will be your wick. The mitzvahs you do, the Torah you learn, they will be your fuel. A teacher will appear to reignite your flame.

And here you will learn that even a creature of meat and bones can yearn for the infinite light. Because, in truth, there is nothing outside that light.

Maamar Behalotecha 5729