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All clarity comes from faith. Faith is a combination, at its beginning, of fear and love. The soul, in its inner recesses, senses that faith, fear, and love at their foundation only turn to the concept of God. And all differences in these traits only shift based on the Godly spark that is reaching the soul.

Rav Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook
El-HaMidot
Emunah

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18 August in History

In 1856, birthdate of Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg who gained fame using the Hebrew pan name Ahad Ha’am (אחד העם‎,). A pre-eminent essayist he was the founder of Cultural Zionism with a vision of a Jewish “spiritual center” in Palestine. Ha’am strived for “a Jewish state and not merely a state of Jews.”

8 Elul in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Chisdai ben Shmuel HaKohen Perachia (1678). He was the author of responsa called Toras Chessed. He died in Salonika (then Turkey, now Greece).

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