Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life.
To view Shabbat Times click here to set your location

Sunday, 26 Av, 5780

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
To view Halachic Times click here to set your location
Jewish History

In 1843, the Interior Ministry of the Czarist government convened a rabbinical conference in the Russian capital of Petersburg, to the end of imposing changes in Jewish communal life and religious practice. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866, known as the "Tzemach Tzedek" after his Halachic works by that name) was invited; as a primary figure in the leadership of Russian Jewry, his compliance was required to lend legitimacy to the government's proposed "reforms". In the course of the conference, the Tzemach Tzeddek was placed under arrest no less than 22 (!) times for his refusal to cooperate. When he finally departed Petersburg on the 26th of Av, he had successfully prevented the government's disruption of traditional Jewish life.

Links:
A Brief Biography of the Tzemach Tzedek
More on the Tzemach Tzeddek

R. Yoel Teitelbaum was the founding rebbe of the Satmar chassidic dynasty, named after the town of Satmar (or Satu Mare) in what is today northwestern Romania. After World War II (see entry for 21 Kislev), he relocated to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he continued to lead his thousands of followers. He passed away on 26 Menachem Av, 5739 (1979).

Daily Thought

One of the most precious gifts we can give a child is the knowledge that we are all accountable for everything we leave behind during this lifetime. That one day a voice will ask, “What did you do with the life I gave you?”

Because without that, the child gets the message that life is all about being smarter than the other guy, and about squeezing all you can out of this world without getting into trouble for it.

As soon as the child understands that there’s a greater context behind life, and he or she is an essential part of that context, life becomes purposeful. Staying out of trouble becomes meaningful. And the world becomes a friendlier, more peaceful place.

12th of Tammuz, 5741 (1981)..