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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Jews who had returned to the Land of Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah gathered on this day and repented their misdeeds, signing a document in which they committed to trust in G‑d and follow His ways. Among the mitzvot they specified were to refrain from intermarriage and from purchasing produce on Shabbat (Nehemiah 9:1–3; 10:1–32).

Link: The Return to Israel

R. Yaakov Yosef was one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov. He was the first one to disseminate the teachings of Chassidut in print, publishing the work Toldot Yaakov Yosef in 1780.

Link: The Rabbi’s Secret Sins

On this day in 5756 (1995), the Ribnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Chaim Zanvil Abramowitz, passed away. For decades, with great self-sacrifice, he lived a full Chassidic lifestyle under Soviet rule before emigrating to Israel and then the U.S.

Laws and Customs

The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted throughout the remainder of the festive month of Tishrei.

Daily Thought

There are times when G‑d shows Himself in all that happens to you.

Then there are times when G‑d hides Himself within all that happens to you.

But He is always there.

It is only that there are times you stand in His light, and other times when you stand in His shadow.

And times when you have no light, no shadow. Not any name. Not anything we could describe or know.

Just “I.”

…and I, I will hide My face on that day… (Deut. 31:18)

As in, “I am here within you as you find your own way through all this.”

So that you will find your own “I.” And your “I” will find His “I.”

And neither will ever again hide from the other.

Likutei Sichot vol. 9, p. 195. Ibid vol. 6, p. 190.