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Shabbat, June 22, 2024

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Rebbetzin Freida was the daughter of the Alter Rebbe, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi. She was especially dear to her illustrious father, and he would frequently deliver chassidic discourses specifically for her. In fact, when her brother R. DovBer, who later became the Mitteler Rebbe, wanted to hear Chassidut, he would sometimes ask her to make a request, whereupon he would hide and listen.

Rebbetzin Freida passed away a few months after her father, and was interred in Haditch, Ukraine, immediately adjacent to R. Schneur Zalman.

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

Moses, it is written, was the most humble of all men.

Obviously, he knew who he was. He knew that of all men, he alone was chosen to accomplish the greatest tasks of history—to lead an entire nation out from bondage and bring them to the greatest revelation that would ever be. He was the loftiest of all prophets, who spoke directly to G‑d whenever he wished.

He knew all this and yet he was humble.

Because Moses told himself, “This is not my own achievement. This is what I have done with the powers G‑d has gifted me. Certainly, had someone else been given these same powers, that someone else would have done an even better job.”

Likutei Sichot, vol. 13, pg. 30.