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Monday, March 30, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

Two days before the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period following the passing of Moses on Adar 7 (see Jewish History for the 7th of Nissan), Joshua dispatched two scouts--Caleb and Pinchas--across the Jordan River to Jericho, to gather intelligence in preparation of the Israelites' battle with the first city in their conquest of the Holy Land. In Jericho, they were assisted and hidden by Rahab, a woman who lived inside the city walls. (Rahab later married Joshua).

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The Two Spies

R. Avraham Yehoshua Heshel was one of the leading Rebbes of his day, serving as rabbi and spiritual leader first in Apta (presently called Opatow), then in Iasi, and finally in Mezhibuzh. He was known for his great love of his fellow Jews, and is commonly known as “the Ohev Yisroel [lover of Jews] of Apta.”

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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 Shimon, Shlumiel ben Tzurishadai, for the inauguration of the Mishkan.

Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.

Daily Thought

Each thing that G‑d created has its own realm. There is a world in which it exists, and a world in which it does not.

Ideas exist in a world of intellect. In the world of a creature who knows nothing but emotion, ideas do not exist.

Emotions exist in a world of sentience. In the world of the physical elements—the world of the rock and the water, of wind and of fire, the world of Newtonian mechanics—emotions do not exist.

Words exist in the world of language. In the world of a horse, words and sentences are no more than the neighing of human beings. In the world of the horse, words do not exist.

G‑d is not a word, not a feeling, not an idea, not a symbol of anything else. G‑d is the essential reality of all things and of each thing.

G‑d is everywhere.

R. Yoel Kahn on Shaar Hayichud v’Ha-Emunah, chapter 7