At first, the evil inclination appears as insignificant and thin as a cobweb, and finally he becomes as thick as a wagon-rope: “Woe unto those that draw iniquity with the cords of falsehood, and as with a wagon-rope, sinfulness” (Isaiah 5:18).

Sukkah Chapter 5

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14 December in History

In 1799, President George Washington passed away. Washington’s letters of acceptance to Jewish communities in the early days of the United States set the tone for acceptance that has made it possible for the Jewish community to flourish.

7 Tevet in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Moshe David Walli (Vally; Vali) (1697-1777). The foremost talmid (student) of Ramchal in Padua, Italy, he practiced as a physician in Padova. When the Ramchal was forced to leave Italy, Rav Moshe Dovid was appointed head of the his academy in Padova. Also known as the Rama”d Vali, he wrote a commentary on commentary on Chumash.