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Monday, March 1, 2021

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Jewish History

In the year 91 BCE, Alexander Yannai of the Hasmonean family succeeded his brother Yehuda Aristoblus to the throne of Judea. Alexander Yannai was a Sadducee who virulently persecuted the Pharisees. At one point during his bloody reign, following a victory he scored on a battlefield, he invited all the Torah scholars for a celebratory feast. During this feast he was slighted by one of the guests, which led him to execute all the Torah scholars in attendance.

A few of the sages managed to escape to the town of Sulukus in Syria. There, too, they encountered anti-Semitic enemies who murdered many of the exiled sages. The handful of surviving Torah scholars went in to hiding, finding refuge in the home of an individual named Zevadai. On the night of the 17th of Adar they escaped the hostile city of Sulukus.

Eventually these surviving scholars revived Torah Judaism. The date they escaped the clutches of death was established as a day of celebration.

Daily Thought

The world is a battlefield.

Until now, we have fought back sinister darkness, established our fortresses of divine light, and even rescued precious jewels from the enemy.

But now, that is not enough.

Now are the last moments of the battle, when all that matters is to win.

Now, in these final days of a world in exile, nothing can be left behind.

No creature, no event, no human being that we encounter.

Through each, we must find some way to perceive the divine.

For the battle is won only once all things are one.

Maamar Bati Legani 5721.