“She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue”
[Prov. xxxi. 26]

Are there two laws, one of kindness, and one not of kindness? This means, if one studies the law in honor of the God, it is a law of kindness; but if one studies the law for his own interest, it is a law not of kindness.

According to others, if he studies the law to teach it, it is a law of kindness; but if he studies it for himself, it is not.

Sukkah Chapter 4

2 December in History

In 1264 CE, Sinsig, Germany, a convert to Judaism was arrested for preaching Judaism. Although tortured he refused to recant his belief in Judaism and is burned at the stake.

25 Kislev in History

The first murder of history occurred on the 25th of Kislev in the year 41 from creation (3720 BCE), when Adam and Eve’s eldest son, Cain, killed his younger brother, Abel, as recounted in the 4th chapter of Genesis.

On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, after defeating the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Judaism from the people of Israel. The victorious Jews repaired, cleansed and rededicated the Temple to the service of God. But all the Temple’s oil had been defiled by the pagan invaders; when the Jews sought to light the Temple’s menorah (candelabra), they found only one small cruse of ritually pure olive oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new, pure oil could be obtained. In commemoration, the Sages instituted the 8-day festival of Chanukah, on which lights are kindled nightly to recall and publicize the miracle.