Inner piety includes natural faith.  The light of God that rings in the soul by itself, without the shinning light of Torah and tradition from our ancestors.  The tradition of faith accompanies the exalted light of faith, guards it from errors and helps it keep its way.  “Your words are a candle to my feet; a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105).

Rav Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook


27 October in History

In 1937, as the Arab violence against the Jews continued The Palestine Post reported that a Jew and an Arab constable were killed when some 15 Arab terrorists ambushed a six-truck convoy carrying 21 Jewish laborers from the Palestine Potash concession on the Dead Sea back to Jerusalem. A number of policemen were injured in various shooting incidents, reported throughout the country, and in particular in Safed where the Jewish community was almost under siege.

19 Cheshvan in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Avraham Tzvi Hirsch Kamai, the last Rav of Mir (1859-1942). Born in the Lithuanian town of Shkod, his family traced its ancestry back to the brother of the Vilna Gaon, Rav Avraham, author of Maalos Hatorah.

His father was Rav Eliyahu Baruch Kamai, who served as Rav of of the communities of Shkod, Karelitz and Czechnovtza, following which he served as rov of Mir and as head of the town’s yeshiva. His Torah thoughts were published in Bris Melach.

Rav Tzvi Hirsch’s wife, who was a clever and highly-educated woman, opened a pharmacy in order to support the family. Rav Tzvi Hirsch assisted her from time to time when she needed help, and he would also prepare medicines for the customers according to the prescriptions that they brought. With his father’s passing, however, he replaced as Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Mir.