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On Love

It is impossible to not love God; it is impossible to not grow from the power of this sweet love actual deeds, to love, to act, and to act on behalf of all that is connected to the light of God.

It is impossible to not love the Torah and commandments; they are so tied with God’s goodness. It is impossible to not love that which is upright and righteous… It is impossible to not be filled with love for all of creation, since God’s light shines on everything. Everything is a revelation of the sweetness, the pleasantness, of God. “God’s kindness fills the earth” (Psalms 33:5).

Rav Kook. El HaMidot. Ahava.


2 June in History

In 1879, as a result of Russian mistreatment of a Jewish American businessmen, the U.S. House of Representatives requested the President to have all international treaties which impair the rights of American citizens because of religion amended to secure equal rights.

20 Sivan in History

Today marks two tragedies, both of which have been upstaged in our national consciousness by worse events. The first, was in 1171, in Blois France 34 Jewish men and 17 Jewish women were burned at the stake. They were accused for using blood from Christian babies in preparing Matza. The day was instituted as a fast day by the great medieval sage Rabbinu Tam, who was the grandson of Rashi. However, this tragedy was follow by 150 years of crusades, and the observance of the fast day gradually fell out of practice.

In 1648, six thousand Jews of the city of Neimirov were killed on this day. The fast day was reinstituted, but again was replaced by more recent events. However, many prayer books do have additional supplication prayers to be said on the twentieth of Sivan.

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