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Abayai said,  “There are no less than thirty-six upright people in the world who receive the appearance of the Divine Presence every day, as it is written [Is. xxx. 18]: “Happy are those that wait for Him (לו),” Him has the numerical value of 36.

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16 November in History

In 1921, today is the birthdate of Ben Weisman an American composer and pianist best known for having written many of the songs associated with Elvis Presley. A native of Providence, Ben Weisman was one of Elvis Presley’s chief songwriters throughout the 1960s. He co-composed for Elvis’ movies and stage performances nearly sixty songs that proceeded to go gold or platinum, including “First in Line”, “Got a Lot of Living to Do”, “Follow That Dream” and “Wooden Heart”.

Weisman also wrote songs recorded by Barbra Streisand (“Love in the Afternoon”), The Beatles (“Lend Me Your Comb”), Johnny Mathis (“When I Am with You”), Terry Stafford (“I’ll Touch A Star”), Bobby Vee (“The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”) and many others. Since Weisman’s outward appearance was atypical for a “rock ‘roll guy”, Elvis’ pet nickname for him was “the mad professor”.

Just before Weisman’s last meeting with Elvis in 1976, Elvis proudly announced to the crowd that he had recorded more of Weisman’s songs than those of any other songwriter. Weisman’s most recent musical score was for the 1995 movie Crossroads at Laredo: The Lost Film of Edward D. Wood Jr.

9 Kislev in History

Rav Dov Ber Schneerson of Lubavitch (1773-1827), 2nd Lubavitcher Rebbe, known as the Mitteler Rebbe. He was the son and successor of his father Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Baal HaTanya (the Alter Rebbe), and uncle and father-in-law of the Tzemach Tzedek.

Rav Dov Ber assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father’s passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement’s headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, Rabbi Dov Ber was arrested by the Czarist government on slanderous charges.

His day of release, Kislev 10 is celebrated to this day as a “festival of liberation” among Lubavitch chassidim.

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