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Monday, August 15, 2022

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Jewish History

Every evening, the priest would kindle the seven lights of the menorah in the Holy Temple. Miraculously, although six of the seven candles would burn out, the western lamp would remain lit until the following evening. (See link below for the exact identity of the western lamp.)

During the reign of the idolatrous King Ahaz (father of the pious King Hezekiah), this miracle discontinued. The first time the western lamp was found to have extinguished was on 18 Menachem Av (or, according to other versions, 17 Menachem Av). (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 580:2)

Link: Spiritual Space

Sixty-seven Jewish men, women and children were slaughtered, and scores wounded, raped and maimed, by their Arab neighbors in the city of Hebron, who rioted for three days amid cries of "Slaughter the Jews." The killings began on Friday afternoon, 17 Av, and most of the victims lost their lives on Shabbat, 18 Av. The survivors were forced to evacuate to Jerusalem, and the ancient Jewish community of Hebron, which had lived in relative peace in the city for hundreds of years, was not revived until after Israel's capture of Hebron in the 1967 Six Day war.

Link: The Hebron Massacre

Daily Thought

Eventually, Joseph told his brothers, “Although your intentions were to harm me, G-d’s intentions were for the good.”

In a way we cannot possibly imagine, from Above, everything is good. Whatever evil we perceive in the world is subjective.

Even the times we mess up and send our life story in a sharp downward spiral—even those stories are ultimately for the good.

And, quite the contrary, the best things eventually come from our worst blunders.

All it requires is that we learn our lesson, accept the blame, and resolve to do things right from now on.

That done, all the wondrous good in this story of your life shines clear.

Likutei Sichot vol. 25, pg. 283.