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Friday, January 28, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Shevat 26 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi David ben Shmuel Halevi (1586-1667), a primary Halachic authority, known as Taz after his work Turei Zahav ("Rows of Gold") -- a commentary on Rabbi Yosef Caro's Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law).

Link: Rabbi David Halevi (Taz)

Daily Thought

The light of Chanukah transforms darkness into light.

But darkness is the absence of light. How is it possible that the absence of light could be transformed into light?

Because there is nothing without purpose, and purpose is light. It is only that some stories of our life hide their purpose, so that they appear dark.

What must you do? You must squeeze their light out of them, as one squeezes oil from an olive.

It may hurt, at times, to be squeezed this way. But then, those stories of life, too, will shine. And their light will reveal wisdom that no other light could reveal.

That is why we wait until it is dark to light the Chanukah menorah. And that is why we light them in public places.

Because, with these flames, we are igniting the darkness itself, and revealing that even the darkness is truly divine light.​