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Shabbat, June 22, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Yehuda ibn Attar (1655–1733), who served as rabbi in Fez, is regarded as one of the greatest leaders among Moroccan Jewry. A saintly and pious man, he was known as a miracle worker and was revered by the local Jews and Muslims alike. He refused to accept a salary from the community, working as a goldsmith instead.

It is related that he was once thrown into a lion’s den and miraculously survived unharmed (Shem Hagedolim). This protagonist of this story is often said to be—apparently in error—R. Yehuda’s kinsman, R. Chaim ibn Attar (see link below).

Link: Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar

Laws and Customs

During the summer months, from the Shabbat after Passover until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashahah, we study a weekly chapter of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") each Shabbat afternoon; this week we study Chapter Two.

Link: Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 2

Daily Thought

The bravest heroes are also the most humble.

G‑d made the hearts of David and his soldiers strong and brave, so they would win in battle against Israel’s enemies.

He made the hearts of Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Akiva stubborn, so they could traverse the highway from ignorance to enlightenment in adulthood.

They were all sensitive, humble men, nothing in their own eyes.

But G‑d put a stubborn courage in their hearts—and that they would not surrender.

Maamarei Admor Hazaken Haketzarim, p. 370.