Wednesday, December 14, 2005

TODAY IN JUDAISM: Thursday, December 15, 2005


Kislev 14, 5766 * December 15, 2005


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Today is: Thursday, Kislev 14, 5766

Today in Jewish History

• Reuben Born (1568 BCE)

Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob and Leah, was born in Charan (Mesopotamia) on the 14th of Kislev of the year 2193 from creation (1568 BCE). As Jacob's firstborn, he was initially entitled to the leadership of Israel and to a double portion in the Holy Land, but these privileges were taken from him (and given respectively to Judah and Joseph) because he sinned by "violating the bed of his father [#]." Reuben unsuccessfully tried to prevent the persecution of Joseph by his brothers in 2216 (1545 BCE) and subsequently berated them for selling him into slavery (Genesis 37:21; 42:22). In 2238 he relocated to Egypt together with his father, brothers and their children, where he died on his 125th birthday in 2318 (1443 BCE).

Link: Reuben and Judah []

• Rebbe's Marriage (1928)

On the 14th of Kislev, 1928, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson [a href=], married Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn [] (1901-1988), the middle daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn [] (1880-1950), the sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. The wedding was held in Warsaw, Poland, at the Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Tomchei Temimim.

Upon Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak's passing in 1950, Rabbi Menachem Mendel succeeded his father-in-law as the Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. On the 14th of Kislev of 1953, at a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) marking his 25th wedding anniversary, the Rebbe said to his Chassidim: "This is the day that bound me to you, and you to me."

Links: Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn []; The Rebbe's Marriage []; Marriage: an Anthology []

Daily Quote

Every kindness bestowed by G-d should cause a person to be exceedingly humble. For a Divine kindness means that G-d is literally bringing the person closer to Himself; and the closer a person is to G-d, the greater the humility this should evoke in him. Since "all before Him is as naught," the more "before Him" a person is, the more "as naught" should he perceive himself to be.

- Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Daily Study

Chitas and Rambam for today:

Chumash: Vayishlach, 5th Portion Bereishit 34:1-35:11 with Rashi
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Tehillim: Chapters 72 - 76
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Tanya: Kuntres Acharon, beginning of Essay 6
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• Sefer Hamitzvos:
• 1 Chapter: Rotseah uShmirat Nefesh Chap. 9
• 3 Chapters: Shechitah Chap. 12, 13, 14

Hayom Yom:
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