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Friday, June 5, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Jewish History

"Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain...for six days. On the seventh day G-d called to Moses from within the cloud... And Moses came within the cloud, and he went up to the top of the mountain, and Moses was upon the mountain forty days and forty nights" (Exodus 24:15-18).

On the morrow of the giving of the Ten Commandments (see Jewish History for the 6th of Sivan), Moses ascended Mount Sinai in order to receive from G-d the remainder of the Torah -- the remaining commandments and the Oral Law. After being "cleansed" by the cloud for six days, he was ushered into the presence of G-d on the 13th of Sivan.

The Giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai

Following the War of Independence (see Jewish History for the 6th of Iyar), citizens in many Arab countries began harassing their Jewish co-citizens, often times inflicting casualties and substantial property damage.

The 5,000 Jews living in Cairo, Egypt were also repeatedly victimized. On the 13th of Sivan a bomb exploded in the Jewish quarter of Cairo, murdering 22 Jews and wounding more than 40 others.

The systematic persecution caused most Egyptian Jews to flee, many choosing to move to Israel. Today, there are virtually no Jews remaining in Egypt.

Daily Thought

Before you were born, they made you swear you would do good.
You were a pure soul before you were born. Your only desire was to do good. Why the oath?

Because you were to descend into a body driven by a beast that screams from within. Because you were to be surrounded by a coarse, confusing world that screams from all sides. And then you may begin to think differently; then your desire may change.

And so you swore. You swore that even if it made no sense to you, even if you had no desire, you would keep your word.

But if you would change your mind and change your desires, what is to say that you would keep your promise?

Because this oath reached into that place of your soul beyond reason, beyond desire, to the very core-essence in which all reason and desire are less than candles in the sunlight of midday. And in that place you resolved that you would be good—beyond all reason and despite your desires.

So that now, whenever it seems just too difficult to do that which Torah demands of a human being, you can ignite that place at your core once again. Before it, that beast and the entire world bow down as servants to their master.

Reach to that place from before you were born.

Maamar Yom Tov Shel Rosh Hashanah 5733, s’if 3