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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Jewish History

As the “Black Death” plague decimated Europe, Christians accused the Jews of causing the plague by poisoning the wells in an effort to wipe out the Gentile population.

On the 23rd of Kislev 5109 (Nov. 15, 1348), Rudolph of Oron, bailiff of Lausanne, sent a letter to the mayor of Strasburg informing him that certain Jews of Lausanne had “confessed” under torture that they together with their coreligionists had poisoned all the wells in the Rhine valley. This resulted in the masses persecuting and killing tens of thousands of Jews throughout Europe.

Links: Overview of Christian Anti-Semitism

Daily Thought

The science of energy allows us to perceive the divine force that sustains the universe. There is a force we call electromagnetism.

It cannot be grasped with any of the five senses—we can know it only from its effects and related phenomena. Indeed, we cannot explain it in any other terms.

Yet it permeates all of our experience, and from it we derive great light and power.

It manifests itself in the pull of a magnet, in the light of the sun, in the waves that carry our network of communication through air and empty space, in the work performed by our machines, and in endless more phenomenon.

Yet it is one.

For its Creator is one.

See Shelach, 5739. Igrot Kodesh, vol. 8, p. 101.