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Shabbat, July 9, 2022

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

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 Five.

Link: Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 5

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.