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Monday, March 22, 2021

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Jewish History

Following his 180 day feast for all his international subjects, which ended a day earlier, King Achashverosh began a seven-day feast for his subjects living in Shushan, his capital. This feast ended with the death of his queen, Vashti.

Link: Esther ch. 1

R. Aryeh Levin, known as the “tzaddik [saint] of Jerusalem,” was legendary for his selfless dedication in assisting his fellow Jews, whether the sick, the poor, or those suffering under the British regime during the Mandate of Palestine (1920–1948).

Links: The Man Who Mistook His Wife’s Foot for His Own; The Value of Stories

Laws and Customs

In today's "Nasi" reading (see "Nasi of the Day" in Nissan 1), we read of the gift bought by the nasi of the tribe of Benjamin, Avidan ben Gidoni, for the inauguration of the Mishkan.

Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.

Daily Thought

Every day, transcend the limitations and boundaries set for you by this world. Make every day another Exodus from Egypt.

But with two distinctions:

Egypt had to be broken. The world must be repaired.

We left Egypt. We must stay within the world.

This is the paradoxical path of inner truth: Remain within the world, but escape its grasp.

Because in truth the world is good. But as long as you allow the world to dictate your boundaries, it will not show you its truth.

Hayom Yom, Tevet 25.