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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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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

Does G‑d need your mitzvahs?
No. G‑d desires your mitzvahs.

There is no why.

If there would be a reason why, it would not be a true desire.
If there would be a reason why, then the mitzvah would be no more than a means to an end, like a disposable utensil or a paper napkin.

But a mitzvah is a jewel of immeasurable value, the embodiment of divine desire.
And so the sages taught, “The greatest reward of a mitzvah is the mitzvah itself.”

For sources, see Does G‑d Need You