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Monday, August 8, 2022

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Jewish History

In 1733, the Persian conqueror Nader Shah Afshar laid siege to Ottoman-held Baghdad. Knowing that Persian rule would not bode well for them, the Jewish community prayed for an Ottoman victory. On 11 Menachem Av, an Ottoman force led by Topal Osman Pasha drove away the Persian forces and the siege was lifted. The Jewish community commemorated this day each year, refraining from reciting the penitential prayers of tachanun.

R. Hillel of Paritch was one of the outstanding followers of the second and third Rebbes of Lubavitch, R. DovBer and R. Menachem Mendel Schneersohn. He was an exceptional scholar and served as rabbi of Paritch and then of Babroisk. Additionally, he would make a yearly visit on behalf of the Rebbe to the Jewish colonies in the Kherson region, teaching them Chassidut and inspiring their residents to increase in their observance of the mitzvot.

R. Hillel was known for his scrupulous adherence to every detail of Jewish law. He authored Pelach Harimon, a collection of sermons on chassidic philosophy, and composed a number of heartfelt tunes sung often at farbrengens until today.

Links: The Prodigy Under the Bed, R. Hillel’s Promise, R. Mordechai Yoel’s Stories.

Hear a tune composed by R. Hillel: Nigun Dveikus

Daily Thought

Eventually, Joseph told his brothers, “Although your intentions were to harm me, G-d’s intentions were for the good.”

In a way we cannot possibly imagine, from Above, everything is good. Whatever evil we perceive in the world is subjective.

Even the times we mess up and send our life story in a sharp downward spiral—even those stories are ultimately for the good.

And, quite the contrary, the best things eventually come from our worst blunders.

All it requires is that we learn our lesson, accept the blame, and resolve to do things right from now on.

That done, all the wondrous good in this story of your life shines clear.

Likutei Sichot vol. 25, pg. 283.