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Monday, August 10, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Chof Av
Jewish History

First printing of the Zohar, the fundamental work of the Kabbalah (Jewish esoteric and mystical teachings), authored by the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Links: The Kabbalah

Av 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.

Links:
A Brief Biography
Rebbetzin Chana Scneerson's biography, which includes her account of her husband's heroism, arrest and passing.

Daily Thought

You can give because you understand that it is fitting for a person such as you to give.

Or you can give because you don’t understand why you should have and the other should not.

Whether it be food, money, clothing, advice or knowledge…

Those who give because they understand
keep the best for themselves.

Those who give because they do not understand
give their best to those in need.

Source: Likutei Sichos vol. 25, pp. 79–83.