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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

In the course of a fight with a Christian fisherman, a Jew dealt him a blow which led to his death. The infuriated Christians of Narbonne, France, started rioting and attacking the Jewish community.

The governor of Narbonne, Don Aymeric, quickly intervened, and dispatched a contingent of soldiers to protect the Jewish community. The riot was immediately halted and all the spoils stolen during the riots were returned to the Jews. The 21st of Adar was recorded as "Purim Narbonne," a day when the community annually celebrated this historic event.

The great Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717-1786) was one of the elite disciples of Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezritch, and a colleague of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. He is also widely known as the No'am Elimelech, the title of the renowned chassidic work he authored.

Rabbi Elimelech attracted many thousands of chassidim, among them many who after his passing became great chassidic masters in their own right. Most notable amongst them was Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, the "Seer of Lublin." Many of the current chassidic dynasties trace themselves back to Rabbi Elimelech.

Link: R. Elimelech of Lizhensk

Daily Thought

Each of these three things—space, time and consciousness—can be grasped from its outside or from its inside. Or at its essence.

At the surface, each place is its own place, each moment its own moment, each person his or her own individual.

Within, each place is a facet of all of space, each moment a snapshot of all time, each person another face to humanity. For the whole is reflected in each of its parts.

But there is also an essence to each thing, its essential life. At the essence there is no distinction between the whole and the part. When you touch the essence of a thing, you find there more than a reflection. You find this place is space, this moment is time, this person is humankind.

With our minds we can reach inside a thing. To reach its essence, that essence must speak to us of its own. That is Torah—the Essence of all things speaking to us.