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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

When the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem on the 9th of Tammuz, King Zedekiah fled the city. He was captured by Babylonian troops in the plains of Jericho on the 10th of Tammuz and was taken to King Nebuchadnezzar, who forced him to witness the slaughter of his sons, and then ordered his eyes gouged out.

Links:

Zedekiah - The Last King of Israel
The Destruction of the First Holy Temple

Daily Thought

Look deeply and you will see that the Torah does not know of man and woman as separate beings.

Each act is performed once through a single body—a body that in our world may appear as two, but which the Torah sees as one.

On the contrary, for both to be assigned the same mitzvah would be redundant, for why should one half of the body do that which the other has already accomplished?

Just as a man fulfills the mitzvah to be fruitful and multiply through the agency of his female counterpart, so does a woman wrap tefillin or wear tzitzit on the body of her male counterpart.

For just as man and woman were first created as a single form, so too, before each soul descends below, they begin as one.

It may be at times that only half a soul must descend for its divine mission, while the other half waits patiently above. And when it will return, they will merge once again.

Sefer HaSichot 5751, pg. 84, citing Taamei Hamitzvot of Rabbi Isaac Luria on the command to be fruitful and multiply (Breishit).