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Friday, July 8, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar breached the walls of Jerusalem on the 9th of Tammuz in the year 3338 from creation (423 BCE); King Ziddikiahu of Judah was captured and taken to Babylon (Jeremiah 39:5. A month later, the capture of Jerusalem was completed with the destruction of the Holy Temple and the exile of all but a small number of Jews to Babylon). Tammuz 9 was observed as a fast day until the second breaching of Jerusalem's walls (by the Romans) on the 17th of Tammuz, 3829 (69 CE), at which time the fast was moved to that date. (Talmud, Rosh Hashanah and Tur Orach Chaim 549)

The Destruction

Twenty-four wagonloads of Talmudic volumes were publicly burned by Christian church officials in Paris. Many works of Jewish scholarship were forever lost as a result, amd some fast on Friday in the week of Chukat to lament this tragedy.

Burning the Talmud

Daily Thought

If every blade of grass and every speeding electron is directed with meaning and purpose by the One who created them, all the more so your thoughts and decisions. You only need to put aside your own self-interest, resolve to do the right thing, and His holy hand guides you on the right path.

This is what confidence in G‑d is all about: A conviction that since He is the essence of good, therefore all things are for the good—the obvious good. Including your own sincere decisions.

If so, what are you worried about? Why are you confused? Even when your own mind determines what to do and how—even then He is there.