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Thursday, July 14, 2022

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Jewish History

Passing of the famed Torah scholar and mystic Rabbi Chayim ben Attar (1696-1743), author of the Ohr HaChayim commentary on the Torah. Born in Morocco, he also lived and taught in Algiers, Italy, Acco and Jerusalem, where he settled a year before his passing. Many stories are told of his holiness and greatness, and of the repeated unsuccessful attempts by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov to reach the Holy Land and meet with him in the belief that together they could bring the Moshiach and the final redemption.

R. Aryeh Leib was an outstanding scholar known for his diligence in study and penetrating analysis. He served as rabbi of Metz and authored Shaagas Aryeh, a collection of analytical discourses on the laws of Orach Chaim (daily life and the festivals). This classic work enjoys much fame and is indispensable for any serious student who desires to plumb the depths of Jewish law.

In addition to Shaagas Aryeh, R. Aryeh Leib authored Turei Even and Gevuras Ari, in-depth commentaries to a number of Talmudic tractates.

Link: Shaagas Aryeh

Daily Thought

When it came time to give the Torah to the Jewish people, G-d told Moses to speak with the women first.

Because that is the order by which Torah enters the world: First the fundamentals, then the details.

The fundamentals—faith, trust, love, awe, sanctity—these are principally the woman’s domain.

Bringing all that into the details of time and space—this is where men come in useful.

Likutei Sichot vol. 31, Yitro 1.