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Friday, August 6, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (known by his acronym, the Netziv) led the famed Volozhin yeshiva for almost forty years. He authored numerous works, including Ha’amek Davar, Ha’amek She’eilah, Meromei Sadeh, and a collection of halachic responsa titled Meishiv Davar.

Study a thought from the Netziv: Justice or Peace

Daily Thought

A gift is a gift, but a gift to one in need is an investment, a seed planted in the ground.

Hidden beneath the earth, a seed decays to nothingness. Yet out of that nothingness it unlocks the endless, transformative power of the earth: The power to reproduce.

The seed germinates. A delicate sprout breaks through the earth’s surface. In time, it will grow and mature to provide many thousands of fruits and seeds like itself. And that process will replicate itself, theoretically, ad infinitum.

A seed ignites the power of the earth, but a gift of kindness seeds the very ground of the cosmos—for out of Divine Kindness the universe emerged, of Kindness it is built, and with Kindness it is sustained and nourished.

And what are the fruits for those who seed kindness? G‑d’s kindness. Beyond infinite, yet here for you in this world.

Invest kindness in those who are in need. The fruits of your investment will be beyond wonder.

Igeret HaKodesh 8.