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The fire which we use was to be created on the eve of Sabbath, but its creation was postponed; as we have learned in a Boraitha, “R. Jose said: ‘Two things were planned to be created on the eve of Sabbath, but they were not created until after the Sabbath when God granted the wisdom to Adam, similar to the wisdom that exists in the celestial spheres, and he brought two stones together and created fire and (had the idea) of brining two animals together and creating a mule.'”


26 March in History
1925: Lord Balfour visited Rishon L”Zion where he said “he rejoiced at this opportunity to visit the oldest Jewish settlement in Palestine.

1926: Birthdate of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

11 Nisan in History
Following the Jewish nation’s crossing of the Jordan into the land of Canaan (see entry for “Nissan 10”), and in preparation for the bringing of the Passover Offering, all the men were circumcised under the guidance of Joshua.

Due to the weather conditions in the desert which were not conducive for the healing of wounds, throughout the forty year desert sojourn only the Tribe of Levi circumcised their sons.

11 Nissan marks the passing of Nachmanides (“Ramban”, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, 1194-1270) — Torah scholar, Kabbalist, philosopher, physician and Jewish leader — in 1270.

Rabbi Isaiah Halevi Horowitz was a noted kabbalist, famous as the “Sheloh Hakodosh” (the saintly Sheloh) the acronym of his magnum opus, Shnei Luchot Habrit.

He held Rabbinical positions in various communities in Europe, before emigrating to Israel. He passed away in Tiberius at the age of 70.,


Resh Lakish said: A man who becomes angry, if he be a sage his wisdom leaveth him, and if he be a prophet his power of prophecy forsaketh him. The first instance is illustrated by the case of Moses, as it is written [Numb. xxxi. 14]: “And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host,” and further it says [ibid. 21]: “And Elazar the priest said unto the men of the army who had gone to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded Moses,” whence the inference that Elazar said this because Moses must have forgotten it. The second instance is illustrated by the case of Elisha the prophet, as it is written [II Kings iii. 14]: “And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I have stood, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee,” while in the following passage it is said: “But now bring me a musician. And it came to pass, when the musician played, that the inspiration of the Lord came upon him,” whence the conclusion that his power forsook him and could be restored only by the aid of a musician.



25 March in History

1817: Tsar Alexander I recommended formation of Society of Israeli Christians, whose primary function was to convert Jews to Christianity. It failed.

1902: Herzl is informed that the Sultan studied his plan. Herzl is asked what plans he has for the regulation of the Turkish debts under more favorable conditions than those submitted by the French.

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