When a person, as an individual or a group, pictures faith, and the ways to acquire faith, they may see paths that a full of dross, since they are standing at a low level.

Nevertheless, the ways to acquire faith do not, in any way, effect faith itself.

When a person, or group, raises, they can see paths that are full of joy, and truth, and gladness.  Yet if a person is not at this higher level, these paths seem full of darkness, and burden.

The upright path, is for a person to arrive at a place in their soul, when they find the correct paths on how to clarify faith, and trust with simplicity on the inheritance of our fathers.

Rav Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook
El-HaMidot
Emunah

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19 January in History

In 1795, the Batavian Republic was proclaimed in the Netherlands bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The Batavian Republic was a genuine expression of Dutch nationalism but it was also a product of the French Revolution. Following in the path of that revolution, the creation of the Batavian Republic brought total emancipation for the Jews of the Netherlands.

14 Shevat in History

Shevat 14 is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Falk Katz (1680-1755), author of the Talmudic work “P’nei Yehoshua.” He served as rabbi of Lemberg (Lvov) in 1718, Berlin in 1730, Metz in 1734 and Frankfurt in 1740.