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Shabbat, January 18, 2020

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Jewish History

Shimon, the second son of Jacob and Leah and the progenitor of the Israelite tribe of Shimon, was born on Tevet 21 (according to another opinion, on Tevet 28), of the year 2194 from creation (1567 BCE), nine years after Jacob's arrival in Charan.

Link: More on Shimon

On December 20 (21 Teves), 1691, strong earthquakes rattled the city of Ancona, Italy, causing numerous structures to collapse and placing its inhabitants in mortal danger. Miraculously, the Jewish quarter was spared, suffering the collapse of only one house. In commemoration of this event, the local Jewish community established that date as a day of celebration and song, while the previous day—20 Teves—would be marked yearly by fasting and charity (Or Boker, p. 48a).

Link: Is There a Blessing or Jewish Prayer for Earthquakes?

Daily Thought

As the atmosphere envelops our planet, so your thoughts surround you.

Every conscious thought, every utterance of your lips, every interaction with your world is released into an aura that surrounds you. Through that aura, all life, all blessing, all that shines down from Above must pass.

An aura of beauty receives beauty. An aura of love receives love. An aura of life and joy is a channel for unbounded light.

You are the master of that aura. Only you have the power to transform your thoughts at any moment from dissonance to harmony, your words from bitter to sweet, your deeds from death to life.

And so too, your entire world.