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Kislev 24, 5774 · 11/27/2013
“Today’s Day”
Thursday Kislev 24, Eve of Chanuka 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayeishev, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 113-118.
Tanya: Ch. 1. It has been taught (p. 1)…(modes of interpretation). (p. 3).

(Continuation of Kislev 23): An explanation of the three verses beginning l’chu n’ran’na, in a manner meaningful to everyone, is as follows: Wednesday, we begin thinking: What will we have for Shabbat? This is a concern in the literal sense and also spiritually, “how can we Shabbos” (i.e. make a real Shabbat)? After all, every person is quite different on Shabbat than on a weekday. So we become a bit despondent. The solution is l’chu n’ran’na (“Come let us sing”), have faith, trust. Comes Thursday, it is now closer to Shabbat and we still have nothing. It doesn’t seem to “n’ran’na” so easily and we realize we must do something. So we study Chassidus Thursday night, so that by Friday we sense the depth of “…for the L-rd is a great G-d and a great King1…”; and with this a Jew “can Shabbos.”

During Mincha, tachanun is omitted.

FOOTNOTES
1. Tehillim 95:3, opening Friday-night prayers.
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 24, 5774 · November 27, 2013
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Positive Commandment 142
Collecting Loans from Gentiles

“From the foreigner you shall pursue a debt”—Deuteronomy 15:3.

We are commanded to press a gentile to repay a debt that he owes us, and not to have mercy on him [and give him an extension]—as we are commanded regarding a Jew.

[This commandment only applies to a gentile who has not accepted upon himself the observance of the Seven Noahide Laws.]

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