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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

First printing of the Zohar, the fundamental work of the Kabbalah (Jewish esoteric and mystical teachings), authored by the Talmudic sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Links: The Kabbalah

Av 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.

Links:
A Brief Biography
Rebbetzin Chana Scneerson's biography, which includes her account of her husband's heroism, arrest and passing.

Daily Thought

Our greatest blessings were uttered not by Moses, not by David, not even by G‑d Himself.

They were uttered by a wicked sorcerer, hired to curse.

The most brilliant diamonds hide in the deepest bowels of the earth;
the most intense blessings in the darkest caverns of life.

12 Tammuz 5730, sec. 9; Balak 5730, sec. 4.