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Monday, August 15, 2022

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Jewish History

Every evening, the priest would kindle the seven lights of the menorah in the Holy Temple. Miraculously, although six of the seven candles would burn out, the western lamp would remain lit until the following evening. (See link below for the exact identity of the western lamp.)

During the reign of the idolatrous King Ahaz (father of the pious King Hezekiah), this miracle discontinued. The first time the western lamp was found to have extinguished was on 18 Menachem Av (or, according to other versions, 17 Menachem Av). (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 580:2)

Link: Spiritual Space

Sixty-seven Jewish men, women and children were slaughtered, and scores wounded, raped and maimed, by their Arab neighbors in the city of Hebron, who rioted for three days amid cries of "Slaughter the Jews." The killings began on Friday afternoon, 17 Av, and most of the victims lost their lives on Shabbat, 18 Av. The survivors were forced to evacuate to Jerusalem, and the ancient Jewish community of Hebron, which had lived in relative peace in the city for hundreds of years, was not revived until after Israel's capture of Hebron in the 1967 Six Day war.

Link: The Hebron Massacre

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.