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13 Cheshvan — Don’t Be A Calf Kisser

It was on this day in 1939 that the Nazi Governor of conquered Poland issued a prohibition against the ritual slaughter of animals. This was directed at those Jewish people who wanted to slaughter their animals in accordance with the laws of kashrut, so that they...
12 Cheshvan — Trust Him in the Darkness

12 Cheshvan — Trust Him in the Darkness

Cheshvan is the month that is commonly associated with darkness and gloominess. Some believe that Cheshvan is the month in which the flood occurred which bolsters the idea it is the month of darkness. On the other hand, we must consider that, though darkness and gloom...

11 Cheshvan — All Things Must Pass

11 Cheshvan — All Things Must Pass

According to tradition, it was on the 11th day of Cheshvan that Methuselah, the grandfather of Noah, died. If this is accurate, Methuselah’s death may have been the indicator to Noah that the flood was on its way. It is also believed that this is the date that Rachel,...

10 Cheshvan — Our God Reigns

10 Cheshvan — Our God Reigns

It was on this day in 1898 that Theodore Herzl arrived in Jaffa on his first and only trip to the Holy Land. Herzl was a very important and instrumental person in the Zionist Movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. The Zionist Movement paved the way for the...

9 Cheshvan — You and Your Household

9 Cheshvan — You and Your Household

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord... Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:8-9) The Bible says that Noah was “just” which is to say “righteous” and that he was “perfect,” which literally means...

8 Cheshvan — The Greatest Success Story

8 Cheshvan — The Greatest Success Story

It was on this day in the year 66 A.D. that Jewish insurgents returned from a victory over Roman forces under their commander, Cestius. It would be one of the last victories for these Jewish combatants. In a few years, Jerusalem and its Temple would lay in ruins and...

7 Cheshvan — A Strong Delusion

7 Cheshvan — A Strong Delusion

Not too many years ago, a gentleman who was studying the Holocaust and the events that led up to it, including the mindset of the people during that time, concluded that study asking the question: “How is it that so many otherwise intelligent people could so blindly...

6 Cheshvan — The End is Just the Beginning

6 Cheshvan — The End is Just the Beginning

From time to time in life, it’s common for people to come to a place of reflection - looking back on our life and remembering, even analyzing, some of the things we’ve experienced through the years. We think upon things we’ve done, things we shouldn’t have done and...

5 Cheshvan — Why We Are Here

5 Cheshvan — Why We Are Here

It was on this day in 1936 that Germany and Italy entered an alliance with one another which would lead, in part, to World War II. Later, Japan also entered this alliance, forming the Axis Powers. Unfortunately, this alliance would lead to the greatest conflict the...

4 Cheshvan — As Little Children

4 Cheshvan — As Little Children

We have all, at some point, witnessed very simple, yet profound moments. Imagine a small girl crawling into her grandfather’s lap so that he can read her a Bible story. It’s simple, it’s every day, but a tremendous example of what we, as believers, are supposed to be...

3 Cheshvan — The Handwriting Is On The Wall

3 Cheshvan — The Handwriting Is On The Wall

On this day in the year 539 B.C.E., King Cyrus of Persia formally occupied the city of Babylon. This marked the end of the empire that, 47 years before, had destroyed Jerusalem and conquered the land of Judea. The book of Daniel records the final night of this empire...

2 Cheshvan — A Time of Separation

2 Cheshvan — A Time of Separation

It was on this day in 1967 that the ancient Jewish settlement in the Middle Eastern country of Aden came to its end when its last Jew arrived in Israel. It is important to note that this immigration process began just after the close of the Six Day War in 1967 and the...

1 Cheshvan — Working Through the Darkness

1 Cheshvan — Working Through the Darkness

Today is the first day of the month called Cheshvan, also called marcheshvan, buy identified in the Bible as the month called Bul. It was on this day that, according to tradition, the plague of pestilence was poured out on Egypt. You can read about that in Exodus...

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