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The High Priest, when leaving the Holy of Holies, would say a short prayer. What was this short prayer?

May it be Your will, Lord our God, that is this year be a hot one, that you give us plenty of rain.

Another opinion maintained:

May no ruler cease from the house of Judah. May your people Israel not depend on gifts for their livelihood. May you not heed the prayers of travelers who ask for the cessation of rain.

Yoma Chapter 5


22 June in History

Today is the birthdate of Michael Todd (June 22, 1909 – March 22, 1958), producer of Around the World in Eighty Days. He was one of Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands.

The name he was given at birth was Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen.

10 Tammuz in History

Today is the yahrzeit of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (1870-1938). Born in New York City to Albert and Rebecca Nathan Cardozo. His ancestors were Sephardic Jews who immigrated to the United States in the 1740s and 1750s from the Iberian peninsula via the Netherlands and England. Of the six children born to Albert and Rebecca Cardozo, only Emily, married, and she and her husband did not have any children.

As far as is known, Benjamin Cardozo led the life of a celibate. As an adult, Cardozo no longer practiced his faith, but remained proud of his Sephardic Jewish heritage.

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