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Monday, 20 Av, 5780

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Chof Av
Jewish History

First printing of the Zohar, the fundamental work of the Kabbalah (Jewish esoteric and mystical teachings), authored by the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Links: The Kabbalah

Av 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.

Links:
A Brief Biography
Rebbetzin Chana Scneerson's biography, which includes her account of her husband's heroism, arrest and passing.

Daily Thought

One minute of quiet thought a day can change a child’s life.

When we send our children to school, we send not only their brains, but their bodies, their hearts, and their souls.

Just as we teach their brains to solve math, to read and to write, so we must teach the child to feed that heart and soul, to take a moment each day to ponder, “What is going on in my life? What is important to me? What do I really want in life?”

We must teach a child that as crucial as it is to be literate, it is even more crucial to sit quietly at the beginning of each day and ask yourself those questions.

—11 Nissan, 5744.