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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Seven months after the beginning of the Great Flood, and 17 days after the waters covering the earth began to subside, the Ark sheltering Noah, his family, and members of all animal species came to rest on the (still submerged) summit of Mount Ararat.

Links:
A Chronology of the Flood
The Torah's account of the Flood, with commentary (Parshat Noach)
More on The Flood

The Hasmonean fighters recaptured Migdal Tzur from the Greek enemy and proclaimed this day a holiday (Talmud, Megilat Taanit).

Link: The Macabees

Daily Thought

He found him in a desert land, in a desolate, howling waste…As an eagle awakening its nest, fluttering over His eaglets, so did He spread His wings and take Him…

In the month of Elul, He found you wandering in a desert.

Did He ever lose you?

No. But the Torah uses the word “found” to say that what He found there was unexpected.

Because He saw you there and He exclaimed, “How long has this neshamah wandered in such a desolate wasteland of spiritual life—and yet she remains whole and pure, and even senses that she does not belong in such a place!”

So He surrounded you, protected you, and gave you the strength to return.

And now, in the month of Tishrei, He carries you up to His palace of light on eagle’s wings.

Maamar Kanesher Ya’ir Kino 5742, 5722.