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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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Jewish History

Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer, better known as the Kaf Hachaim (the name of the monumental halachic work which he authored), was born in Baghdad in 1870. In his youth he studied Torah under the Sephardic greats of the times, such as the Ben Ish Chai.

In the beginning of the 20th century Rabbi Yaakov Chaim emigrated to the Land of Israel, and settled in Jerusalem. There he became renowned as a great kabbalist as well as a recognized halachic authority. He authored an eight-volume book on Jewish law, with a special focus on Jewish law and customs from a mystical viewpoint.

He passed away on the 9th of Sivan in Jerusalem and was buried on the Mount of Olives.

Daily Thought

That force that holds electrons in their orbit and planets in theirs, explodes incessantly within the stars above and is the darkness that fills the empty space—that force is a single whole, and it is G‑d.

It is not all of G‑d. It is an expression of G‑d. All of it could disappear in a single instant, and for Him nothing would have changed.

Where is it that you can find all of G‑d? Wherever He wishes to be found.

On the festival of Sukkot, for example, He hides within some scattered branches placed upon an autumn hut.