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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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

To whom does a Jew pray?

Can He be described? Does He have a name?

No, there is no description with which to imagine Him, no name with which to grasp Him. Even the pronoun “Him” discloses too much to be true—as though He were something that is here or not here, hidden or revealed. As though He were only light.

But He is not light. He is the source of light. At the source of all light, there is no hiddenness or revelation, no being or not being.

There is only “You.” Here, now, known to all beings in Your unknowableness.

As Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch wrote:

You that all know of You.

You that all put their trust only in You.

You that all plead only to You.

You that no creation nor emanation knows who and what You are.

And so we pray to You alone, for You alone, the Unknowable, are known to all.

Sefer Hakuntreisim Vol. II, pg. 592.