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Monday, November 22, 2021

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Jewish History

Rabbi Abraham Maimuni HaNagid (also called "Rabbi Avraham ben HaRambam") was the only son of Maimonides (the famed Talmudist, codifier of Jewish Law, philosopher, physician and statesmen, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, 1135-1204). Born in 1185, Rabbi Abraham succeeded his father as the leader of the Jewish community in Fostat (old Cairo), Egypt, at the tender age of 19. He wrote many responsa and commentaries explaining and defending his father's writings and Halachic rulings. Rabbi Abraham passed away on the 18th of Kislev of the year 4998 from creation (1237).

Rabbi Baruch was the son of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov's daughter, Adel, and her husband, Rabbi Yechiel Ashkenazi. He was born in 1753 in Mezhibuz, the town from which his illustrious grandfather led the Chassidic Movement. He was one of the pre-eminent Rebbes (Chassidic masters) in the 3rd generation of Chassidism, and had thousands of disciples and followers.

Link: Stories of Rabbi Baruch of Mezhibuz

Laws and Customs
In Chabad practice, starting in the afternoon, Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.
Daily Thought

Where is the playwright within the play? Within the lead actor? Behind a rock?

She has invested her entire being within her play. She is present in every detail.

And yet the playwright is nowhere to be found.


Where is the soul within the body?

At the smallest wound in the body, the soul reels in pain. The slightest nuance of the soul is immediately expressed in the body. Grab a living body and you grab a soul.

And yet nowhere within your body will any biologist ever find you, the person, and your will to choose to do what you do.

The body and soul are one, and yet the soul has not become body—and the body without the soul remains only a slab of meat.


Where are you within your own personality?

Are you your feelings? Are you your mind? All these things change and yet you remain the same person.

In every detail of your persona, we find you, all of you. Yet you are none of these, and neither are you all of these.


Where is G‑d within His universe?

Within every detail.

And in none of them.

Beyond and within.

As the Zohar says, “He grasps all things, but none grasp Him.”

Torah Ohr, Vayera. Maamar V’nacha Alav 5714.