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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The Jews who had returned to the Land of Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah gathered on this day and repented their misdeeds, signing a document in which they committed to trust in G‑d and follow His ways. Among the mitzvot they specified were to refrain from intermarriage and from purchasing produce on Shabbat (Nehemiah 9:1–3; 10:1–32).

Link: The Return to Israel

R. Yaakov Yosef was one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov. He was the first one to disseminate the teachings of Chassidut in print, publishing the work Toldot Yaakov Yosef in 1780.

Link: The Rabbi’s Secret Sins

On this day in 5756 (1995), the Ribnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Chaim Zanvil Abramowitz, passed away. For decades, with great self-sacrifice, he lived a full Chassidic lifestyle under Soviet rule before emigrating to Israel and then the U.S.

Laws and Customs

The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted throughout the remainder of the festive month of Tishrei.

Daily Thought

Why is Torah compared to light? Because it tells us the place of each thing.

Because, in truth, there is no need to change the world. Everything is here.

Each thing has a place, and in that place it is good. Altogether, it is very good, a beautiful world. All that’s needed is a little light.

What is light? Light doesn't add anything or take away. It only reveals the meaning and purpose of all that it shines upon.

Think of your own home. In the dark, there is no way to know what belongs in your closet and what belongs in the laundry, what is ready for use and what is in need of repair. Instead, that which could be washed or repaired is rejected and despised, and your most valuable possessions may become the greatest hazards.

Switch on one little light and a dangerous place becomes a home. With every light you add, you become suddenly wealthier and more blessed.

So too, this world is meant to be G-d’s home. Torah is light. Shine it bright and heal the world.

Torat Menachem 5742 vol. 3, pg.1626; Ibid 5748 vol. 4, pg. 175.