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Thursday, 26 Sivan, 5780

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

During the Chmielnitzki Massacres (see entry for 4 Sivan), a Cossack mob gathered around the fortified town of Olyka. Among the Jews who had found refuge inside was R. David Halevi (the Taz), a refugee from the nearby city of Ostroh. As the Cossacks prepared to breach the walls, the Jews gathered in prayer in the synagogue. Weak and tired, R. David drifted off to an uneasy sleep, and in his dream he envisioned the verse, “I will protect this city to save it, for My sake and for the sake of My servant David” (II Kings 19:34). Indeed, the old cannons atop the walls miraculously fired spontaneously toward the enemy, who proceeded to flee (Minhagei Beis Alik, p. 752).

Link: Jews in Eastern Europe

Daily Thought

Love can fail, and we must know that it can fail. For if love was always reciprocated, there would never be unconditional love.

But you have done your part, you have shown love. And what is the reward of the mitzvah of love? That both of you rise higher, and the Infinite Light gains another window through which to shine into this world.