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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

In 1684, a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who fled the Inquisition (see "Today in Jewish History" for Tevet 22) held a Rosh Hashanah service in New Amsterdam, thereby founding congregation Shearith Israel ("Remnant of Israel"). On this 17th of Tevet in 1728, the congregation purchased a lot in Lower Manhattan to erect the first synagogue in New York.

Rabbi Aaron Zelig ben Joel Feivush of Ostrog, Russia, author of Toldot Aaron, passed away on Tevet 17 of the year in 5515 from creation (1754).

Tevet 17 is also the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yaakov Wolf Krantz (1740-1804), the Maggid (preacher) of Dubna, particularly known for the parables (meshalim) he employed in his sermons and writings.

Daily Thought

Here is how to make an honest living, with confidence and minimal worry:

Determine how much you need to provide for your family needs.

Next, get into a business that can make that sum of money.

Now, put your best foot forward to do whatever needs to be done.

But no more than that. More will get you less.

Then pray for compassion, and trust in the One who provides all life to provide your livelihood as well.

You’ve put out your bucket just the right size in the rain. Now trust that heaven will fill it to the brim.

Derech Mitzvosecha, Tiglachat Metzora; Hayom Yom, 16 Adar II and 5 Tammuz.