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Friday, June 28, 2019

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Among the millions of Jews cruelly killed by the Romans were the "Ten Martyrs"--all great sages and leaders of Israel--memorialized in a special prayer recited on Yom Kippur. Three of them--Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel, Rabbi Yishmael ben Elisha and Rabbi Chanina S'gan Hakohanim--were killed on Sivan 25.

Links:
The Ten Martyrs

Egyptian representatives appeared in the court of Alexander the Great, demanding that the Jews pay restitution for all the Egyptian gold and silver they took along with them during the Exodus. Geviha the son of Pesisa, a simple but wise Jew, requested the sages' permission to present a defense on behalf of the Jews.

Geviha asked the Egyptians for evidence that the Jews absconded with their wealth. "The crime is clearly recorded in your Torah," the Egyptians gleefully responded.

"In that case," Geviha said, "the Torah also says that 600,000 Jews were unjustly enslaved by the Egyptians for many, many years. So first let us calculate how much you owe us..."

The court granted the Egyptians three days in which to prepare a response. When they were unable to do so they fled on the following day and never returned.

In Talmudic times, the day when the Egyptian delegation fled was celebrated as a mini-holiday.

(According to some traditions, this event took place on Nissan 24.)

Links:
Alexander The Great
Jews Take Egyptian Wealth

Daily Thought

There are only two things:
The One Above,
and you below.
For all the world is nothing more than the means by which you will connect the two.

If you learn some new Torah wisdom today,
it is precisely what you need to know for the next step of your life's mission.
Perhaps to do a certain mitzvah.
Perhaps to assist you avoid the opposite.
Or perhaps this learning itself is an essential part of your mission.

And since you know that for the other person the same holds true—he is also the center of his world—therefore some good must come from this knowledge for you to help that person in his life’s mission to connect above and below.

Whether you know of it or not, there is always a purpose—and a very specific purpose—to whatever enters your world at the time that it enters. For G-d does not create anything in your world for nothing.

Reshimot, 44.