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Monday, March 8, 2021

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Jewish History

On Adar 24, Czar Alexander I of Russia declared the Blood Libel -- the infamous accusation that Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood in the baking of matzah for Passover, for which thousands of Jews were massacred through the centuries -- to be false. Nevertheless, nearly a hundred years later the accusation was officially leveled against Mendel Beilis in Kiev.

Link: A detailed look at the Beilis case, including primary evidence, photographs, interviews and a documentary.

Daily Thought

There are two kinds of places where life might take you. 

Life might take you to a good and happy place, and all the darkness in your world flees before your light. 

That’s the light of Shabbat candles.

But sometimes life might take you to a cold and dark place that seems forever. 

You might kick and scream, “Get me out of here! I didn’t ask for this, it’s a mistake!”

Yet even there you’ve come for a reason: to find a small spark of hope and goodness within this dark place. 

And when you do that, you transform dark into light.

That’s the light of Chanukah.