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Shabbat, October 9, 2021

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Jewish History

The 3rd of Cheshvan is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the famed Chassidic master Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin (1797-1850), known as "The Holy Ruzhiner."

Rabbi Israel was a great-grandson of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch; a close friendship existed between the Ruzhiner Rebbe and the 3rd Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch.

Link: Three Stories

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a leader of Sephardic Jewry and chief rabbi of Israel, passed away on 3 Cheshvan, 5774 (2013), at the age of 93.

A widely published author on Jewish law, Rabbi Yosef was considered by scholars of all backgrounds to be a rabbinical authority with a rare grasp of nearly every area of Torah scholarship. He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of a wide swath of halachic texts, ranging from the well-known to the most obscure. In his halachic rulings, he would often list dozens of previous rulings and then decide in accordance with what he perceived to be the majority opinion.

Link: Obituary of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Daily Thought

Eventually, Joseph told his brothers, “Although your intentions were to harm me, G-d’s intentions were for the good.”

In a way we cannot possibly imagine, from Above, everything is good. Whatever evil we perceive in the world is subjective.

Even the times we mess up and send our life story in a sharp downward spiral—even those stories are ultimately for the good.

And, quite the contrary, the best things eventually come from our worst blunders.

All it requires is that we learn our lesson, accept the blame, and resolve to do things right from now on.

That done, all the wondrous good in this story of your life shines clear.

Likutei Sichot vol. 25, pg. 283.