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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Passing of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (1522?-1570) of Safed, the Holy Land, known as the "Ramak", authoritative Kabbalist and author of Pardes Rimonim.

Links: The Ramak

Laws and Customs

During the Three Weeks, from 17th of Tamuz to the 9th of Av, we commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.

Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (The particular mourning customs vary from community to community, so consult a competent halachic authority for details.)

Citing the verse (Isaiah 1:27) "Zion shall be redeemed with mishpat [Torah] and its returnees with tzedakah," the Rebbe urged that we increase in Torah study (particularly the study of the laws of the Holy Temple) and charity during this period.

Links:
The Three Weeks

Daily Thought

To an astrobiologist:

A black hole was once a fiery sun. But then its fire went out. Eventually, it collapsed upon itself, rendering it a mass of tremendous density.

And now, a star that once shone brightly holds its light within, even pulling in any surrounding light. In the place of light, a star now creates darkness.

A person, too, may end up a black hole. Someone who is meant to shine and teach others—but has burned out and collapsed inward, absorbed in his own self. Now, rather than shining light for others, he absorbs all energy that passes his way, causing a greater and greater darkness.

We live in times when every one of us can be as brilliant as the sun. The universe has enough black holes. If you have light, shine forth.

Watch Prof. Greene tell the whole story in JEM’s documentaryThe Honest Truth