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So says God,
“A voice cries in Rama,
Wailing, bitter crying is heard,
Rachel is crying for her children,
She refuses to be consoled,
Since they are gone.”

So says God,
“Refrain your voice from crying,
Your eyes from tears,
There is a reward for your work, says God,
They will return from the lands of the enemies.”

There is hope at the end, says God, the children will return to their boundaries.

I have surely heard Ephraim (the Northern tribes) talking to himself,
“I have been rebuked, I will be corrected,
Like a calf who is yet untrained.
Return me, and I will return,
Since you are my God.”

“After I returned, I relented; after I knew (what I did)
I slapped my thigh. I am ashamed, and disgraced, since I have bore
The disgrace of my youth.”

“Ephraim is a precious child to me, a
Child of my pleasure:
The more I speak of him,
The more I remember him.
My insides pine for him.

I will surely have compassion on him,”
Says God.

Yermiah 31:14-19
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8 September in History

In 1916, Salonica government declares compulsory military service is now required and that all Jews over 21 cannot leave from its newly acquired provinces.

29 Elul in History

Rav Eliezer Deutsch of Bonihad [or Bonyhad] (1914). Author of P’ri Hasadeh, Duda-ei Hasadeh. Bonihad is a small town in Tolna County in Hungary. The first document on the Jews of Bonyhád is a tax conscritption from 1741, although on the testimony of a few tombstones in the cemetery, Jews had already settled earlier, in the first decades of the century. In 1802, there were 400 Jewish families and an impressive synagogue and yeshivah. The population of about 6,500 in 1930 consisted of about 15% Jews, the largest number of Jews in Tolna County. With the German occupation in 1944, 1,180 Jews were deported to Pecs and then to Auschwitz. All but 50 perished. In 1963, 4 Jewish families remain in Bonyhad.

9 September in History

In 1850, California joins the Union adding a 33rd star to the U.S. flag. A year before California joined the Union there were enough Jews to hold Yom Kippur Services in San Francisco. By the end of the decade there were ten congregations in San Francisco and one in Sacramento. During this time there were two Jewish associate justices of the state court and at least one Jew was serving in the state legislature.

1 Tishrei in History

In 3760 BCE, on 1 Tishrei — the sixth day of creation — “God said: ‘Let us make Man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth…'” (Genesis 1:26). “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (ibid., 2:7). “And God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to keep it” (2:15). “And G-d said: ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helpmeet opposite him’ … God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his sides, and closed up the flesh in its place. And God built the side which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. And the man said: ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother, and cleaves to his wife; and they become one flesh” (2:18-24).

It was also the day that the first transgression, and repentance, occurred.

10 September in History

In 1950, according to reports published today, the government of Israel will be issuing a stamp at harvest time picturing Stahveet, a cow which has produced 100,000 litres of milk, which may be a world’s record.

2 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of Gedaliah ben Achikam, assasinated by Yishmael ben Nesanya. Gedaliah was appointed as governor over the Jews by Nebuchadnetzer after the destruction of the Temple 422 BCE or 419 BCE.

11 September in History

Marks the ninth year since the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the heroic acts of Flight 93.

Below are two recordings of cell phone calls from Flight 93:

“I have to go. They’re breaking into the cockpit. I love you.” Honor Elizabeth Wainio told her stepmother.

“Everyone is running up to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.” Flight attendant Sandra Bradshaw to her husband.

3 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Yisrael Lipshitz of Danzig, author of Tiferet Yisrael, a popular commentary on the Mishnayot (1782-1860). He also authored Shevilei D’rakiya, an introduction to the principles of Rabbinical astronomy and determining the Molad (new moon); it appears in the beginning of Seder Mo’ed in the “Tiferes Yisrael” sets of Mishnayot.

Additionally, he wrote ”Derush Ohr HaChaim” (Homily on the Light of Life) which debates the eternality of the soul.

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