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It was said of Hillel the Elder the Prince: When he rejoiced at the drawing of the water, he used to say, “If I am here, all are here; but if I am not here, who is here?”

Sukkah Chapter 5

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28 Tevet in History

According to sources cited in Seder Hadorot, Tevet 28 is both the birthday and the day of passing of Shimon the son of Jacob; other sources place the date as Tevet 21 (1564-1447 BCE).

4 January in History

In 1943, armed with only one gun and knife members of the Jewish Fighting Organization at Czestochowa resisted a ‘selection.’ As a reprisal, the Germans shot 25 men. Czestochowa is a town in Poland famous for the “Black Madonna” and is scene of annual religious pilgrimages. Sometimes, the Jewish view is a little different than the non-Jewish view of places and events.

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R. Johanan said: If it were not for the following three passages, the enemies of Israel (meaning Israel) could not withstand (in other words, without thes following verses, Israel would have no defence when being accused for their sins, since these verses indicate that God place the evil inclination in us):

First [Micah, iv. 6]: “And her to whom I have done evil” (God did evil by giving us an evil inclincation.

The second [Jeremiah, xviii. 6]: “As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel”.

The third is [Ezek. xxxvi. 26]: “I will remove the heart of stone out of your body, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Since God has not yet done so, our responsibility for sining with our heart of stone is somewhat mitigated.)

R. Papa says: Also from the following verse [ibid., ibid. 27]: “And my spirit I will put within you.” (Since God has not yet done so, our responsibility for sining with our heart of stone is somewhat mitigated.)

Sukkah Chapter 5

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27 Tevet in History

Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), Talmudist, scholar, philosopher, prolific author and Rabbi of Frankfurt am Main, passed away on this date. He was instrumental in revitalizing German Jewry, bringing thousands back to the teachings of the Torah at a time when assimilationist trends threatened to extinguish Jewish life in Western Europe.

3 January in History

In 1915,  today was the birthdate of Jack Levine the Boston born American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.

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