Hadar Buchris, the vibrant young woman who was murdered Sunday by an Arab terrorist, discussed the deteriorating security situation with friends just ten days ago.
"Listen, I get it: we need Messiah now!!!," she wrote friends from the Chabad House in Pushkar, India, in an internal WhatsApp group.
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The Gemara says that a person is allowed to have "Shiminis ShebeShiminis of Gaavah" - 1/8 of an 1/8 (1/64) of arrogance. What is the meaning of this unusual terminology - "an eighth of an eighth"?
The Vilna Gaon explains, the Gemorrah means the 8th pasuk in the 8th parsha. Parshas VaYishlach is the 8th parsha and "Katonti Mikal HaChasadim" is the 8th pasuk. A person's level of haughtiness must be on the level that he is unworthy of anything. - "I have been diminished by all the kindness and all the truth you have done for me." Whatever Hashem does and will do for me is not coming to me. It is a gift from Hashem, "Katonti" - I am unworthy!
Maharsha explains that a person who has more than 1/64th of Gaavah is considered a showoff. An allusion to this is that "Gas" - "Gimmel" Samach" - 63 - means haughty.
Jake tapper of CNN tweeted Hadar Buchris, 21, stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist today while waiting for a bus in the West Bank.
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