You need to instruct yourself to love creation, and in particular the exalted groups of humanity: the sages, the mighty, the poets, the artists, and the doers. You need to recognize the good light that is found among the aforementioned people; through these people the light of God is spread into the world, whether they recognize the degree that they were sent, or whether they do not recognize it.

Rav Avraham Yitchak HaKohen Kook



28 July in History

In 1586, the first potato arrives in Britain. Since the potato is indigenous to Peru and Bolivia this date means that European Jews could not have enjoyed such delicacies as Latkes and Potato Knishes until at least the 17th century.

17 Av in History

In 1929, 67 Jewish men, women and children were slaughtered, and scores wounded, raped and maimed, by their Arab neighbors in the city of Hebron, who rioted for three days amid cries of “Slaughter the Jews.” The survivors fled to Jerusalem, and the ancient Jewish community of Hebron, which had lived in relative peace in the city for hundreds of years, was not revived until after Israel’s capture of Hebron in the 1967 Six Day war.