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The Messiah b. David, who will appear in the near future, the Holy One, blessed be He, will say to him, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you”, as it is written [Ps. ii. 7-8]: “I will announce the decree . . . Ask it of me, and I will give it.”

But as the Messiah b. David will have seen that the Messiah b. Joseph who preceded him was killed, he will say to God, “Lord of the Universe, I will ask nothing of You but life.”

God will answer, “This was prophesied already for you by your father David [Ps. xxi. 5], ‘Life hath he asked of You, You gave it to him.'”

Sukkah Chapter 5

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16 December in History

In 1870, Dr. Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of American Reform Judaism, preached the dedicatory sermon at the laying of the cornerstone of the Central Synagogue, Lexington and Fifty-Fifth Street.

9 Tevet in History

Ezra, who led the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel after the Babylonian exile (423-353 BCE), oversaw the building of the Second Temple, canonized the 24 books of the Holy Scriptures (“bible”) and, as head of the “Great Assembly” legislated a series of laws and practices (including formalized prayer) which left a strong imprint on Judaism to this day, passed away on the 9th of Tevet of the year 3448 from creation (313 BCE — exactly 1000 years after the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai). The passing of Ezra marked the end of the “Era of Prophecy.”

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