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Kislev 10, 5774 · November 13, 2013
Living with the Parsha: Having a Strategy

Billy gave the ball a final kick and watched as it rolled over the large green field. “Okay, guys, see you all tomorrow in school. I’ll get the ball on my way out of the park.”

“Hey!” David called after Billy. “Good luck with the studying!” Billy grimaced and waved goodbye. The others had nearly finished studying for their geography exam the next day, and he had not even begun. Well, Billy told himself, it’s not really my fault – my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah on Sunday, and then having Aunt Rosa over from Israel, and she’s great fun, but there was just no time for studying.

Billy sighed as he came into his bedroom and pulled out his folder. He suddenly felt compelled to reorganize his folder before he began studying. An hour later, when the bedroom carpet was becoming visible once again from under the piles of papers, Billy could hear his mother calling him for supper. He shoved the last papers back into the folder and jogged downstairs.

Mr. Green smiled at his oldest son. “How is it going, Billy? You mentioned an exam tomorrow. You definitely seem to have been busy in your room with it all.” Billy felt his cheeks turning slightly red as he remembered what he had been doing since he arrived home. Better just tell the truth, he warned himself.

“Actually, Dad, I’ve had a hard time getting down to it. I feel quite pressured by it, but whenever something else pops up I get quickly distracted. The Bar Mitzvah, Aunt Rosa, football, organizing my folder – it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Geography has never been my strong point. And thanks for the soup, Mom, it’s delicious.”

“Hmm,” his father nodded. “I see the difficulty you are having. Maybe we can look at what I heard in a class on this week’s Torah portion. It speaks about Jacob meeting up with his brother Esau. As you probably remember, the relationship was more than a little strained since Jacob had received the blessings from their father. Now Jacob hears that his brother, who has previously threatened to kill him, is heading towards him with four hundred men. Jacob is standing there with his four wives, lots of little children, and cattle. Not much manpower to fight with. How do you think Jacob feels right now, and what do you think he does?”

“Really, really scared,” said Billy’s younger sister. “Terrible pressure,” said Billy’s younger brother.

“More pressure than from a geography exam,” Billy said, smiling. “I’m not sure what he does though. Hmm, I think I remember something about sending presents… and some other things, I don’t remember.”

“Well,” their father continued, “Jacob did three things. First of all he sent presents to Esau with some messengers, then he split his family into two groups, so that should Esau attack, and Jacob would have to fight back, not everyone would be hurt. And third of all, he prayed to G-d. The question is, of course, what you can learn from this for your test tomorrow.”

“Gosh,” said Billy. “Well, I guess first of all that I should take some action. Jacob didn’t seem to be procrastinating too much over there. Hmm, well, doing some actual studying could be like sending presents, dealing with the situation. Dividing the family in preparation for defense, what could that be… how about organizing the information into different groups and then I can remember them more efficiently? And praying definitely sounds like a good idea. Maybe we could both go together to the early morning service in the synagogue before school tomorrow.”

His father smiled at him. “Well, it sounds a good strategy to me…”

 

Kislev 9, 5774 · November 12, 2013
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Kislev 11, 5774 · 11/14/2013
“Today’s Day”
Wednesday Kislev 11 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayishlach, Revi’i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 60-65.
Tanya: The reason is (p. 615)…and the Gemara. (p. 615).

(At this point there appears in the Hebrew text emendations to the Siddur-With-Chassidus, that have meaning only in the Hebrew original. Translator).

Compiled by the Lubavitcher Rebbe; Translated by Yitschak Meir Kagan   More articles…  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author
Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.
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Today’s Mitzvah
Kislev 11, 5774 · November 14, 2013
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides’ 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Positive Commandment 245
Transactions

“And if you sell something to your neighbor…”—Leviticus 25:14.

We are commanded regarding the various methods that effect transactions, i.e., the ways to transfer property from one individual to another (or, in the case of a guardian of an object, the transfer of jurisdiction).

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Kislev 10, 5774 · 11/13/2013
“Today’s Day”
Tuesday Kislev 10 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayishlach, Shlishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 55-59.
Tanya: This is not so (p. 613)…which is G-dliness. (p. 615).

On this day in 5587 (1826) the Mitteler Rebbe was released from his imprisonment in the city of Vitebsk. During the preceding Chol Hamo’ed Sukot it became known that the Mitteler Rebbe had been slandered. On Sunday of parshat Noach, 28 Tishrei, he left Lubavitch accompanied by officers. At noon he arrived in Dobromisl, where he said themaamar Mayim rabim etc. On Monday he left there, and travelled to Lyozna, where he said the maamar Reshafeha rishpei etc. On Tuesday he left there for Vitebsk where he remained imprisoned until the Sunday of Vayishlach, 10 Kislev.

Compiled by the Lubavitcher Rebbe; Translated by Yitschak Meir Kagan   More articles…  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author
Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.
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Today’s Mitzvah
Kislev 10, 5774 · November 13, 2013
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides’ 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Positive Commandment 245
Transactions

“And if you sell something to your neighbor…”—Leviticus 25:14.

We are commanded regarding the various methods that effect transactions, i.e., the ways to transfer property from one individual to another (or, in the case of a guardian of an object, the transfer of jurisdiction).

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Listen Online | MP3 DownloadWant even more? These mitzvot are discussed at length in today’s three-chapter Maimonides study regimen.

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Kislev 11, 5774 · November 14, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Kuntres Acharon, middle of Essay 4

והטעם: משום דחב״ד דעשיה דבחינת נשמה, הוא מקור החיות דחב״ד דנפש רוח

The reason for this transcendence is that the ChaBaD of Asiyah of the state of Neshamah is the source of life of ChaBaD of Nefesh-Ruach

ותולדותיהן והתהוותן מאין ליש עם תולדותיהן, עד סוף העשיה, היא הארץ וכל צבאה

and their offspring, and their coming into being ex nihilo with their offspring, unto the ultimate stage of Asiyah, namely the earth and all its hosts.

The ChaBaD of Asiyah (in the state of Neshamah) is thus a source for created beings.

אבל חב״ד דהלכות וטעמיהן, שבמלכות דבריאה ויצירה

But as to the ChaBaD of the laws with their rationales, that are inMalchut of Beriah and Yetzirah,

This level of ChaBaD is not a source of created beings; rather:

ענין החכמה היא בתיקון פרצופי האצילות

the function of the Chochmah [within them] is the rectification of the visages of Atzilut,

שבהן תלוין כל טעמי המצות

upon which are dependent all the rationales of the commandments —

מצות עשה בה׳ חסדים, ומצות לא תעשה בה׳ גבורות

[the rationales of] the positive commandments [depend] on the five attributes of Kindness of Za of Atzilut, and [the rationales of] the prohibitions in the five attributes of Severity of Za of Atzilut.

ומשום הכי נמי כשירדו להתלבש בנבראים

Therefore, even when they descended to be clothed in created beings,

Even when the rationales for the laws, that essentially derive from visages of Atzilut, descended to become rationales for laws for created beings, —

הן במלכות דבריאה ויצירה, דבחינת נשמה דוקא, שהוא מכלים דאצילות

they are in Malchut of Beriah and Yetzirah of the specific [G‑dly] state ofNeshamah, which is of the vessels of Atzilut — for the thirty vessels of Zu”n ofAtzilut become a Neshamah for BeriahYetzirah and Asiyah,

ולא בבחינת נפש רוח

and not of the degree of Ruach and Nefesh; the rationales for the laws did not vest themselves within Ruach and Nefesh, which are created beings.

ואף דחב״ד דבריאה יצירה דבחינת נשמה, שגבהה מאד מעלתן על בחינת מלכות דבריאה יצירה דנשמה

Now though ChaBaD of Beriah-Yetzirah of the state of Neshamah by far transcend Malchut of Beriah-Yetzirah of the state of Neshamah, forChaBaD is the highest of the Sefirot of the world, while Malchut is the lowest,

ואף על פי כן, הן מקור לחב״ד דבריאה יצירה של בחינת נפש רוח, שהן המלאכים

still, [the ChaBaD of Beriah and Yetzirah] are the source for ChaBaD ofBeriah-Yetzirah of the state of Nefesh-Ruach, namely the angels.

How do we then say that Malchut of Beriah and Yetzirah of the state of Neshamah cannot descend to become a source for created beings, when ChaBaD of Beriah andYetzirah of the state of Neshamah that is far loftier than Malchut does serve as a source for created beings?

לא קשיא מידי

This is not a question at all.

דבאמת המלאכים והנשמות אינן אלא מטפה הנמשכת מחב״ד דנשמה ליסוד ז״א, וניתן לנוקבא

For in truth, the angels and souls that are created of ChaBaD of Beriah andYetzirah are only of a drop drawn from ChaBaD of the Neshamah to the attribute of Yesod of Za, and then transmitted to nukva, i.e., to Malchut,

ומשם יצאו בבחינת לידה

and from there they (the souls and angels) went forth in a state of “birth” — a new entity resulted.

Thus, this is not a mere emanation from ChaBaD, as is the case with laws, for such an emanation cannot in fact serve as a source of created beings. Rather, it resembles the drop that brings about a birth. For this reason it is possible that created beings should result even from ChaBaD of Beriah and Yetzirah.

כי אף אם תמצי לומר שנבראו מהארת הכלים דנוקבא דאצילות, הרי הם היורדים ונעשים נשמה

For even if it is proposed that they are created from the radiance of the vessels of nukva of Atzilut, nevertheless, they themselves descend intoBeriahYetzirah and Asiyah and become Neshamah unto them.

אבל עצמות חב״ד דנשמה מתפשט בו׳ קצוות דזו״ן

But the essence of ChaBaD of Neshamah extends into the “six directions” of Zu”n,

ושם הם שיתא סדרי משנה וגמרא

and there they are the Six Orders of Mishnah and the Gemara — the laws of the Torah.

The essence of ChaBaD thus descends specifically within the laws of the Torah, which are Divinity. Torah, in turn, descends within the level of Neshamah, which is also Divinity.

By Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of Chabad Chassidism (Free Translation)    More articles…  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author

Elucidated by Rabbi Yosef Wineberg. Translated from Yiddish by Rabbi Levy Wineberg and Rabbi Sholom B. Wineberg. Edited by Uri Kaploun.
Published and copyright by Kehot Publication Society, all rights reserved.
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Kislev 10, 5774 · November 13, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Kuntres Acharon, middle of Essay 4

אך עוד זאת השוה בכל

There is yet another common characteristic1 shared by all the laws of the positive and prohibitory commandments, including those that have no practical application.

כי כל דחילו ורחימו שכליים של המלאכים, הן בחינת נבראים מאין ליש

For (in contradistinction) all intellectually-generated fear and love experienced by the angels are created ex nihilo,

והן בחינת נפש רוח דבריאה יצירה עשיה

and they are the (created levels of) Nefesh and Ruach (and not the G‑dly level of Neshamah) of the Worlds of BeriahYetzirah and Asiyah.

Now, if the intellectually-generated awe and love experienced by mortals can likewise not be compared to the study of the laws, why does the Alter Rebbe here choose to speak of angels?

To explain: (a) The love and fear experienced by souls is different from the souls themselves, for souls are not actual created beings; (b) the love and fear experienced by souls is, after all, a mitzvah, while that of the angels is not. Thus the angels’ love and fear better stresses their created aspect, and this enables us to understand that even with regard to souls, the essential aspect of love and fear is a created entity. The laws, by contrast, are G‑dliness.

אבל פרטי ההלכות הן המשכות חכמה עילאה דהמאציל ברוך הוא, המלובשת בגשמיות

However, the detailed laws of the various mitzvot are drawn from the Supreme Wisdom of the Emanator, blessed be He, which is clothed in physicality, within the physical objects to which a particular law applies, such as the law governing the case of2 “he who exchanges a cow for a donkey,” and the like.

והלבשה זו אינה כהלבשת חכמה עילאה בדחילו ורחימו שכליים

This investment of Supreme Wisdom in the physical aspects of the laws is not similar to the investment of Supreme Wisdom in intellectually-generated fear and love,

Supreme Wisdom is actually vested in all things, as is soon to be explained. This is especially so with regard to the love and awe which are aroused by intellectual activity, for the source of all such activity is Supreme Wisdom. In intellectually-aroused love and awe, however, the vestiture takes on a different form.

דהתם הלבוש הוא מעלים ומסתיר לגמרי

for there the garment conceals and completely obscures the Supreme Wisdom that is vested within it,

כהסתר והעלם הארץ החומריית לגבי חכמה עילאה המלובשת בה

just as the material earth thoroughly conceals the Supreme Wisdom clothed within it;

כמו שכתוב: כולם בחכמה עשית

as it is written concerning all created beings,3 “All of them You made with Wisdom.”

Supreme Wisdom is thus vested within all physical things as well, even the earth — which, however, completely conceals it, just as intellectually-aroused love and awe conceal the Supreme Wisdom vested in them.

והיינו, חיצוניות דחיצוניות דכלים דמלכות דאצילות שבעשיה, שהיא מסותרת לגמרי ברוח נפש דעשיה

This [Supreme Wisdom] is the externality of the externality of the vessels of Malchut of Atzilut found in Asiyah, that is absolutely hidden in theRuach-Nefesh of Asiyah.

Malchut of Atzilut with the externality of the externality of its vessels is wholly concealed in Ruach-Nefesh of AsiyahMalchut of Atzilut itself, even the externality of the externality of its vessels, belongs to the realm of the Neshamah and of Divinity proper — yet it is entirely hidden within Nefesh-Ruach, which belongs to the realm of created beings.

Since Supreme Wisdom is vested in Malchut of Atzilut, and Malchut of Atzilutillumines Asiyah with its Ten Sefirot, containing as they do the element of Wisdom as well, we thus have Supreme Wisdom entirely concealed within the physical earth.

וכן בבריאה היא מסותרת לגמרי ברוח נפש

So too in Beriah it is completely hidden in the Ruach-Nefesh [of Beriah],

שהם בחינת נבראים בהסתר והעלם הבורא מהנברא

which are beings that are created by the concealment and hiding of the Creator from the created.

We thus have here an element of Supreme Wisdom concealed within intellectually-aroused love and fear, the source of which is the World of Beriah, the realm of comprehension.

מה שאין כן ההלכות, הרי הארת החכמה מאירה בהן בגילוי

This is not so, however, with regard to the laws, in which a radiance of Wisdom illuminates them manifestly; they do not conceal it.

ולבוש העשיה הוא דרך מעבר לבד

The garment of Asiyah serves merely as a passage,

Though the laws vested in the physical things of this world (the physical World ofAsiyah) are thus subject to the concealment that pervades Asiyah, they are not garbed in it to the point that the garment essentially affects the wearer, for they merely pass through the garment of Asiyah.

כמו ביום טוב, שחסד דאצילות, המלובש לגמרי בחסד דבריאה, מחיה עולם הזה הגשמי

just as on the festivals, when Chesed of Atzilut, which is completely clothed in Chesed of Beriah, vivifies this physical world

על ידי מעבר חסד דיצירה ועשיה

by passing through the Chesed of Yetzirah and of Asiyah,

הנקרא גם כן התלבשות

this [passage] is also called investment,4

שאם לא כן, לא היה פועל בגשמיות עולם הזה

for otherwise it would not affect the physicality of This World.

Thus, just as with regard to the festivals, though the animating light first passes through Yetzirah and Asiyah it is still considered to be an illumination of Chesed ofBeriah, so too with regard to the laws: The light within the laws merely “passes through” the physicality with which they deal; it always retains a radiation of Supreme Wisdom.

ואף שגשמיות עולם הזה ודאי מסתיר לגמרי אפילו החסד דעשיה

Now though the physicality of This World as discussed in the lawunquestionably conceals completely even the Chesed of Asiyah — and surely, then, it conceals the diffusion of Supreme Wisdom,

מכל מקום ההלכה עצמה אינה גשמיות ממש

still the law proper is not actually physical;

שהיא בחינת רצון, הנמשך מחכמה עילאה, להקל או להחמיר

it is the Divine Will, drawn from the Supreme Wisdom, for leniency or severity.

G‑d’s wisdom affirms that it be His will that a particular legal ruling be either lenient or strict.

רק שיורד ומאיר בבחינת גילוי בגשמיות, כמים היורדים ממקום גבוה כו׳

It is only that this [Will] descends and illuminates in revealed fashion in the realm of the physical, just as water descends from a high place, and so on.

It is the very same water that is now to be found in a low place.

והדבר הגשמי עצמו, שבו מדברת ההלכה, באמת הוא מסתיר לגמרי

The physical object itself which the law discusses does, in fact, utterly obscure,

כמו המחליף פרה בחמור, וכן בשר הפיגול, או לא פיגול וכשר

as, for example, in the law of5 “one who exchanges a cow for a donkey,” or the laws concerning flesh that is pigul, or is not pigul and is kosher.

The actual cow or donkey or flesh do in fact completely conceal the radiance from the Supreme Wisdom.

In contrast, it was stated above that when holding a physical etrog one is grasping the G‑dly essence of Atzilut. The difference lies in the fact that the etrog is part of themitzvah. As such, it has no identity other than G‑dliness and thus does not conceal it. Since, by contrast, the physical cow or donkey are not part of the law, they can conceal G‑dliness. With regard to the human intellect, however, which studies this law, since the “intellectual” cow and donkey are part of the law, they in fact do not act as a concealment.

רק ההלכה בעצמה, עם הטעם הנגלה, היא מבחינת מלכות דבריאה ויצירה דבחינת נשמה

Only the legal ruling itself with its revealed rationale are from Malchut ofBeriah (i.e., the reasoning of the Gemara) and of Yetzirah (i.e., the rulings of theMishnah), of the state of Neshamah,

שהוא אלקות, המחיה ומהוה נפש רוח דבריאה יצירה עשיה

which is G‑dliness that vivifies and brings into being the Nefesh-Ruach ofBeriahYetzirah and Asiyah which are in the category of created beings,

שהן דחילו ורחימו של המלאכים והנשמות וחב״ד שלהם, מאין ליש

and which are the awe and love of angels and souls and their ChaBaD,i.e., the contemplation of G‑d’s greatness that leads to love and fear; — all this is created and vivified ex nihilo, as are all created beings.

ולכן הוא מרוה צמאונם

As to this radiation of Supreme Wisdom that descends through Malchut of Beriah andYetzirah, in the form of Torah as it is found in those worlds prior to its descent below, it therefore slakes [the] thirst of the souls and angels in the Worlds ofBeriah and Yetzirah,

קודם שירדה לעולם הזה, כמים היורדים כו׳

before its descent into This World like descending waters….6

וגם אחר שירדה לעשיה, היא למעלה מעלה מבחינת חכמה בינה דעת דעשיה, אפילו דבחינת נשמה, שהיא אלקות

Even after it descends into Asiyah, it transcends by far ChaBaD ofAsiyah, even of the state of Neshamah, which is G‑dliness.

For this is G‑dliness of Asiyah, while the illumination of Supreme Wisdom within the laws is the G‑dliness of Atzilut.

FOOTNOTES
1. Note of the Rebbe: “See Or HaTorah, Parshat Shemini, p. 462ff.”
2. Bava Metzia 100a.
3. Tehillim 104:24.
4. Note of the Rebbe: “See Or HaTorah, Parshat Shemini, p. 470ff.”
5. Bava Metzia 100a.
6. Taanit 7a.
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Elucidated by Rabbi Yosef Wineberg. Translated from Yiddish by Rabbi Levy Wineberg and Rabbi Sholom B. Wineberg. Edited by Uri Kaploun.
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