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Wednesday, 12 Tishrei, 5781

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The 12th of Tishrei is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Abraham (1740-1776) the son of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch and study partner of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi; known as "Rabbi Abraham the Angel" for his saintliness and ascetism.

Laws and Customs

Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.

Daily Thought

In the Sukkah, we are all one because in essence we are a single being.

But that which is outside our essence—that which makes us the individuals who we are—that is not yet one.

In the unity of the Etrog, Lulav, Hadasim and Aravot, we are all one as distinct individuals, complementing one another to make a single, harmonious whole.

But we remain apart at the core, united only superficially.

When the two mitzvot come together, then we are one in all ways: The oneness of our essence resonates throughout the harmony of our diversity.

And so it shall be in the entire creation, as a single symphony, soon, very soon.