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Listen Kings, lend ear princes!
I am to God, I will sing.
I will make music to God, the Lord of Israel.

Judges 5:3

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14 January in History

In 1987, Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian targets near the Syrian border today in the fourth raid on Lebanon in 10 days. The raid came hours after an attack by Lebanese guerrillas on a position manned by the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army militia east of Sidon in which three people were reported killed and 10 wounded.
”Air force planes attacked buildings used as command posts for a Palestinian terrorist group and tents,” a spokesman for the Tel Aviv command said. ”All planes returned safely to base.” The raid today was only the second in eastern Lebanon since October 1985.
A month after that attack Israeli planes shot down two Syrian warplanes and Syria retaliated by deploying surface-to-air missiles along its border with Lebanon.

9 Shevat in History

Today marks the passing of Rabbeinu Nissim ben Reuven, the Ran (1308-1376), author of a commentary to the Talmud and a halachic commentary to the work of Rabbeinu Yitzchak Alfasi (the Rif). His extant commentaries on the Rif cover tractates Shabbat, Pesachim, Ta’anit, Rosh HaShanah, Beytza, Sukkah, Megillah, Ketubot, Gittin, Kiddushin, Shevu’ot, and Avodah Zarah.

He wrote in reply about 1,000 responsa, of which only seventy-seven have been preserved.

15 January in History

Today is the birthdate of Josef Breuer, Austrian physician and early founder of psychoanalysis.

10 Shevat in History

Today marks the passing of Rabbi Shalom Sharabi (1777), known by his name’s acronym, the RaShaSH, was born in Yemen, and as a young man immigrated to Israel. He was quickly recognized for his piety and scholarship, especially in the area of Jewish mysticism, and was appointed to be dean of the famed Kabbalistic learning center in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Yeshivat ha-Mekubbalim.

He authored many works, mostly based on the teachings of the great kabbalist, Rabbi Isaac Luria, the Ari. Rabbi Sharabi’s most famous work is a commentary on the prayerbook, replete with kabbalistic meditations.

His mystical works are studied by kabbalists to this very day. He is also considered to be a foremost authority on Yemenite Jewish traditions and customs.

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