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Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Sir Moses Montefiore was a religious philanthropist who worked tirelessly on behalf of his brethren worldwide, and especially in the Land of Israel. He dispensed large sums toward charitable causes and founded numerous establishments and institutions. Sir Montefiore traveled far and wide to visit Jewish communities and interceded on their behalf before rulers such as Queen Victoria, Czar Alexander the Second, the Ottoman Sultan, and the pope. He lived to the ripe old age of 100, passing away on 16 Menachem Av 5645 (1885).

Read a biography of Sir Montefiore: Sir Moses Montefiore

Daily Thought

You shall eat, you shall be satisfied, and you shall bless G‑d, your G‑d… (Deut. 8:10)

Baruch…

Allow me to draw deeply into my tangible reality…

Attah…

You.

You as You are here now within everything and yet not grasped by any of them,

You as You are everywhere, yet beyond time and space,

You, just You, undefinable, unnameable, unknowable as anything other than You,

may You also be found within…

A-do-nai…

You as You emanate Your infinite light,

contracting and expanding that light again and again in quantum leaps and bounds to become the form and substance of innumerable worlds,

devolving, transforming, condensing, until attaining the crystalline state of this physical world in which I stand,

may You also be found within…

E-lo-hei-nu…

You as You are the divine energy and consciousness that breathes within me,

my very soul and life as they are one with You, and You are one with me,

and through that, may you be discovered as…

Me-lech Ha-O-lam…

You as You are manifest in all the forces of this universe,

You as You speak to us from within every act of this everyday world,

You as the sole author and director of this drama in its every detail.

So that, in every mitzvah that we celebrate, in every human activity of eating, drinking, sleeping and knowing life, there You will be found, felt, known and perceived, as You, just You, the unknowable, unnameable You.

Torah Ohr 6a-b. Torat Menachem Sefer Hamaamarim Melukat, vol. 1, pg. 296.