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Thursday, 27 Av, 5781

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Jewish History

R. Yehoshua was one of the leading Polish scholars of his day, and was held in great reverence by his contemporaries. He led a Talmudic academy in Cracow which attracted many noteworthy disciples (such as R. Shabtai HaKohen, the Shach).

R. Yehoshua authored Maginei Shlomo, devoted to answering the difficulties raised by the Tosafist scholars against Rashi in his Talmud commentary. He also authored a collection of halachic responsa titled Pnei Yehoshua (not to be confused with the Talmudic commentary of the same name authored by his great-grandson, R. Yaakov Yehoshua [see entry for 14 Shevat]).

Daily Thought

To whom does a Jew pray?

Can He be described? Does He have a name?

No, there is no description with which to imagine Him, no name with which to grasp Him. Even the pronoun “Him” discloses too much to be true—as though He were something that is here or not here, hidden or revealed. As though He were only light.

But He is not light. He is the source of light. At the source of all light, there is no hiddenness or revelation, no being or not being.

There is only “You.” Here, now, known to all beings in Your unknowableness.

As Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch wrote:

You that all know of You.

You that all put their trust only in You.

You that all plead only to You.

You that no creation nor emanation knows who and what You are.

And so we pray to You alone, for You alone, the Unknowable, are known to all.

Sefer Hakuntreisim Vol. II, pg. 592.