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Then God said,
“You cared about the plant, which you did not work for and which you did not grow, which appeared overnight and perished overnight. And I should not care about Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people how do not know the difference between their right hand and left hand, and many animals?”

Yonah 4:10-11


It was on 17 September 1918 tthat Chaim Herzog sixth President of Israel was born. Herzog was born in 1918 in Belfast, where his father, Dr Isaac Herzog, was rabbi. While Chaim was still a child, Isaac was appointed Chief Rabbi of Ireland and the family moved to Dublin. Chaim is remembered there as a former bantam-weight boxing champion. After college, he moved to Palestine in 1935. He joined the Palmach and defended Jewish settlements during the Arab Uprising that lasted from 1936 until 1938. Herzog returned to England where he studied to become a lawyer. He fought with the British forces in Europe during World War II where his forte was intelligence. After the war, he returned to Palestine where he took an active role in the fighting to create the new state of Israel.

After the war, the new state made use of Herzog’s knowledge of Intelligence work. He enjoyed a successful career filling several military, civilian and private sector positions. He passed away in 1997.

Chaim Herzog in his own words: “I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.”

On 9 Tishrei,the day before Yom Kippur is a Yom Tov, a festive day; for although we stand prepared to be judged in the supernal courtroom for our deeds of the passed year, we are confident that God is a merciful judge, and will decree a year of life, health and prosperity for us.

Two festive meals are eaten — one at midday and the other before the fast, which begins at sunset. The Talmud states that “Whoever eats and drinks on the 9th [of Tishrei], it is regarded as if he had fasted on both the 9th and the 10th.”

In 18 September, 1851, 1851: The New-York Daily Times, which will become The New York Times, begins publishing.

10 Tishrei is the fast of Yom Kippur. In addition to being the day when God granted forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf, it is also the day when Rebecca, wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau, and one of the four matriarchs of Israel, was born. She lived from 1677 – 1556 BCE.

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