On occasion, one’s love for creation encompasses everything, even that which is evil. Yet this does not diminish how much hatred one has for evil, on the contrary: it strengthens it. Certainly, it is not the evil element found within the evil people that one is in love with. It is the the good elements that can be found within the evil people that one is in love with. This leaves the evil element on its own, clearly identified for your hatred of that which is evil.

Rav Avrahaham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook

Al-HaMidot
Ahava

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7 July in History

Today is the birthdate of artist Marc Chagall (1887).  Born Moishe Zakharovich Shagalov (Moishe Segal) in Belarus (then part of the Russian Empire), Chagall‘s life lasted almost one hundred years. He developed his art against a backdrop of World War I, the Russian Revolution and its Stalinist aftermath, Paris during the thirties, the Holocaust and the birth of the state of Israel.
Born Moishe Zakharovich Shagalov (Moishe Segal) in Belarus (then part of the Russian Empire), Chagall‘s life lasted almost one hundred years. He developed his art against a backdrop of World War I, the Russian Revolution and its Stalinist aftermath, Paris during the thirties, the Holocaust and the birth of the state of Israel.

25 Tammuz in History

Rabbi Aharon Berachia ben Moshe of Modina (? – 1639) was an Italian Kabbalist and a student of Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Fano. At the request of the Burial Society at Mantua, he instituted rites for them. The author of many Kabbalistic works, he is perhaps best known for his work Ma’abar Yabbok, which contains mystical dissertations on purity and holiness. He also wrote additional prayers to be offered for the sick and the dead, as well as a code of conduct for their treatment. Many of the prayers recited at the gravesites of the deceased were composed by him.