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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

If there is no place outside of Him, where does G-d go to hide?

…I will abandon them and I will hide My face from them…(Deut. 31:17)

As though I don’t see their troubles. (Rashi)

If G‑d would abandon any person, how could that person continue to exist?

The answer is that G‑d abandons a person by treating him or her as just another creature of a natural order, subject to the haphazards of systematic patterns that He directs.

He hides Himself within that natural order, so that He will appear oblivious to their cries. As though He has ceased to exist.

So that the moment your heart turns back to Him, you discover He was always there.

That’s when life returns to its miraculous order.

In truth, it is all miraculous.

G‑d is in everything, whether we see Him or not.

Likutei Sichot vol. 34, p. 194.