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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

The town of Afula in Northern Israel was founded in this date in 1925. It is located on the presumed site of the tower ("Ophel") mentioned in the Biblical account of an Aramean general's visit to the Prophet Elisha (II Kings 5:24).

Afula's central location in the Jezreel Valley makes it the market center of the region; it is often referred to as "the Capital of the Valley."

Because of the town's proximity to Judea and Samaria, it has repeatedly been a target of terrorist attacks following the Oslo "peace process" and during the second Intifada.

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 Gad, Elyasaf ben De'uel, for the inauguration of the Mishkan.

Text of today's Nasi in Hebrew and English.

Daily Thought

A student begins as a sponge or as a funnel:
Either everything is absorbed, indiscriminately
—or everything passes in one ear and out the other.

The first job of a teacher, therefore, is to direct the student and tell him, “Focus on this; this is important. Do not focus on this—this is only the background.”