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Love for all of creation must live in the heart and in the soul. Love for all individuals, and love for all nations: a desire to see them exalted in spirituality and physical well being. Hatred is reserved only for that which is evil in the world.

It is impossible to come to the state of, “Give thanks to God, call on His name, make known among the nations His deeds” without an inner love in the heart and soul, to cause them good, to to make beautiful what they possess, to enrich their lives.

Rav Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook
Al- HaMidot
Ahava

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16 June in History

It was today in 1904 that Irish author James Joyce begins a relationship with Nora Barnacle, and subsequently uses the date to set the actions for his novel Ulysses. This date is referred to as “Bloomsay”; a reference to Leopold Bloom, Joyce’s protagonist in Ulysses. Bloomsday has been celebrated since 1994 in the Hungarian town of Szombathely, the birthplace of Leopold Bloom’s father, Virág Rudolf an emigrant Hungarian Jew.

4 Tammuz in History

Rabbi Yaakov ben Meir of Romereau (1100?-1171), known as “Rabbeinu Tam”, was a grandson of Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, 1040-1105), and one of the primary authors of the Tosaphot commentary on the Talmud; the Bet-Din (rabbinical court) he headed was regarded as the leading Torah authority of his generation.

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