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Monday, October 4, 2021

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

R. DovBer of Lubavitch was arrested due to trumped-up charges fabricated by a jealous relative. Among his alleged “crimes” was that he was sending money to the Turkish sultan, who was at war with Russia at the time. R. DovBer was released six weeks later (see calendar entry for 10 Kislev).

Link: The Arrest and Liberation of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch

Daily Thought

How was Joseph able to overcome the natural human instinct to take revenge against his brothers, and instead provide them only good?

Because he knew that all the travail that had befallen him was ordained from heaven. His brothers were no more than agents to a divine plan.

As he himself later told them, “Although your intentions were to harm me, G-d’s intentions were for good.”

G-d is good and all He does is for the good. And indeed Joseph saw that all turned out good—for he was now in the most eminent position to assist his family at this time of famine.

And since only good came from their actions, they truly deserved good in return.

This is what we are meant to learn from Joseph’s goodness to his brothers: That there is no human being to blame or to hold a grudge against for whatever has befallen you.

Yes, someone made a bad decision, and perhaps you can exact payment for that in court.

But whatever has befallen you was already determined in a heavenly court. And it is all for the good. If you will embrace it, you will come to see how it is for the good.

And if so, what sense is there in holding a grudge?

Likutei Sichot vol. 5, pg 241. Ibid vol. 20, 191.