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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. Yehuda ibn Attar (1655–1733), who served as rabbi in Fez, is regarded as one of the greatest leaders among Moroccan Jewry. A saintly and pious man, he was known as a miracle worker and was revered by the local Jews and Muslims alike. He refused to accept a salary from the community, working as a goldsmith instead.

It is related that he was once thrown into a lion’s den and miraculously survived unharmed (Shem Hagedolim). This protagonist of this story is often said to be—apparently in error—R. Yehuda’s kinsman, R. Chaim ibn Attar (see link below).

Link: Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar

Daily Thought

When the spies that Moses sent returned from their reconnaissance of the Land of Canaan, they included in their report these words:

“We felt like ants before them,
and so we were in their eyes.”

Because they felt like ants in their own eyes,
therefore, others saw them as ants as well.