Isaiah calls the evil inclination a “stumbling-block,” as it is written [Is. lvii. 14]: “And he will say, Cast up, cast up, clear out of the way, lift up every stumbling-block out of the way of my people.”

Ezekiel names the evil inclination “stone,” as it is written [Ezek. xxxvi. 26]: “I will remove the heart of stone out of your body.”

Sukkah Chapter 5

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23 December in History

In 1420, the Pope banned conversion of Jewish children done without consent of their parents.

16 Tevet in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Chaim Kreiswirth, Rav and Av Beis Din of Antwerp and son-in-law of Rav Avraham Grodzinski. Rav Chaim was well-known to have memorized Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, as well as Rishonim and Acharonim (1920-2001).