R. Yitschak said, “The evil passions of man try to get the better of him all the day long, as it is written [Gen. vi. 5]: “A person’s thoughts were only evil all day long.”

R. Simeon b. Lakish said, “They try to get the better of him, and to slay him, as it is written [Ps. xxxvii. 32]: “The wicked looks out for the righteous, and tries to slay him”.  Were not the Holy One, blessed be He, to aid him, man could not resist, as it is written further, “God will not leave him in his hand, and will not condemn him when he is judged.”

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27 December in History

In 1351, Birthdate of King Juan I of Aragon. In 1392, Juan granted amnesty to those who had attacked the Jews of Majorca and the Christians who sheltered them in 1391. At least 300 Jews were murdered. Juan granted the amnesty “because they had done it for the welfare of king and state; and he further declared all debts of the Christians to the Jews to be null and void.”

20 Tevet in History

Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym “Rambam” and to the world at large as “Maimonides”, passed away in Egypt on the 20th of Tevet in 1204.