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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Jewish History

Two days before the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period following the passing of Moses on Adar 7 (see Jewish History for the 7th of Nissan), Joshua dispatched two scouts--Caleb and Pinchas--across the Jordan River to Jericho, to gather intelligence in preparation of the Israelites' battle with the first city in their conquest of the Holy Land. In Jericho, they were assisted and hidden by Rahab, a woman who lived inside the city walls. (Rahab later married Joshua).

The Two Spies

R. Avraham Yehoshua Heshel was one of the leading Rebbes of his day, serving as rabbi and spiritual leader first in Apta (presently called Opatow), then in Iasi, and finally in Mezhibuzh. He was known for his great love of his fellow Jews, and is commonly known as “the Ohev Yisroel [lover of Jews] of Apta.”

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Laws and Customs

In today's "Nasi" reading (see "Nasi of the Day" in Nissan 1), we read of the gift bought by the nasi of the tribe of Shimon, Shlumiel ben Tzurishadai, for the inauguration of the Mishkan.

Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.

Daily Thought

Hear O Israel, G‑d is our G‑d , G‑d is One.

“Hear” means to understand. To meditate deeply.

“Israel” is the name of your soul, the breath of G‑d within you.

Then, the four-letter name of G‑d.

What is that name? It is a combination of the three forms of the verb “to be”—so that it means “is, was, will be” all in a single moment, entirely transcending time— yet providing existence to time and all that occurs within it.

Then, another name of G‑d, a name that refers to His power over heaven and earth, as He is found within the forces of nature. But in the possessive form: “our power.”

And then we return to the four-letter name, this time as this name is within you. For your soul and G‑d merge as One.

You must say to your soul:

Listen, my soul, and meditate upon this:

Your power comes from Beyond Time.

You, my soul, merge with G‑d as One.

Likutei Torah, Drushim L’Rosh Hashanah 62d.