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Friday, August 19, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Mordechai ben Hillel was a prominent scholar who lived in Nuremberg, Germany. He authored a famous halachic compendium known as Mordechai, included in all standard printings of the Talmud. R. Mordechai, his wife, and five children were killed in the notorious Rindfleisch massacres (see entry for 7 Iyar), on 22 Menachem Av, 5058 (1298).

Link: Rabbi Mordechai ben Hillel Ashkenazi

Daily Thought

…walk in all His ways… (Deuteronomy 11:22)

He is compassionate; so you too should have compassion. He provides life and kindness to His creatures; you should do the same. (Rashi)

What about speech?

G‑d's speech is not an artifact of vocal chords or a mouth. His words are packets of divine energy, articulations of His essence and being.

G‑d speaks and an entire universe comes into being.

How can you be like G‑d in your speech?

You can speak from your heart.

Because, as our sages taught, words that come from your heart enter the hearts of others.

And once there, they have their effect, so that the heart they have entered cannot help but be moved.

Speak from your heart and your words will become a reality.

A whole new universe might come to be.

Igrot Kodesh vol. 15, pt. 112.