R. Shesheth used to repeat his studies every thirty days, and, supporting himself against the wall of the house of study, would say, “Rejoice, my soul! Rejoice, my soul! For your sake I have read, for your sake I have studied.”

Beitzah Chapter 2

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20 January in History

In 1935, today was designated as Palestine Day by the Zionist Organization of America. Over 400 cities and towns throughout the United States planned on observing the event with a series of meetings and dinners.

15 Shevat in History

Today is Tu B’Shevat (“the 15th of Shevat”) which marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.” This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Legally, the “New Year for Trees” relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the “Seven Kinds” that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates).

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