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הרב דוד אדרי שליט”א הלכות תולעים טו’ בשבט התשע”ג

24.01.2013

יום חמישי יג’ בשבט התשע”ג שיעור מבית המדרש ‘חזון יעקב’ בורוכוב:http://borokhov.kodesh.t

מהיכן הגיעו הפירות היבשים טו בשבט הרב יאיר ארלנגר חובה לצפות מרתק ביותר!!!

 15.07.2011

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שאתם רואים ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות סרטים ליוטיוב תודה לכולם! מעוניינים לשמוע עצות מקצועיות בחינוך ילדים?http://www.DifferentEducation.org.ilhttp://www.DifferentEducation.org.i

הרה”ג אהרון ירחי שליט”א טו’ בשבט בהלכה התשע”ג

 23.01.2013

יום שלישי יא’ בשבט התשע”ג שיעור מבית המדרש ‘חזון יעקב’ בורוכוב.

חמשה עשר בשבט מפי הרב יצחק כהן שליט”א

06.01.2013

שיעור תורה בספר הזהר הקדוש עם פירוש מתוק מדבש
מפי הרב הגאון יצחק כהן שליט”א
בנושא – חמשה עשר בשבט

הידברות-הרב זמיר כהן-דיני טו בשבט-והלכות ברכות Rabbi Zamir Cohen

האדמה זועקת על האדם טו בשבט הרב דוד בצרי חובה לצפות

הרב לוינשטיין טו בשבט הזדמנות לראות את הבורא

הרה”ג יעקב חי יוסף שליט”א -עוד מהלכות טו’ בשבט התשע”ג.mp4

איזה עץ אתה טו בשבט הרב אברהם בן אסולין חובה לצפות

הרב איתי חיים בן אהרון טו’ בשבט וריב”ל

כי האדם עץ השדה טו בשבט הרב נטע לנדמן חובה לצפות

שיעור בזוהר על טו בשבט – הרב מנחם פרומן, עתניאל

הרה”ג יעקב חי יוסף שליט”א מהלכות שבת טו’ בשבט התשע”ג

הרב יצחק פנגר – ט”ו בשבט .

טו בשבט הרב מנחם וייס חובה לצפות מרתק ביותר!!!

שבעת המינים ומשמעותם טו בשבט הרב יצחק גבאי חובה לצפות

הרב דוד פחימא שליט”א – טו בשבט – שהחיינו.wmv

הרב איתי חיים בן אהרון שליט”א – טו’ בשבט שבת שירה התשע”ג

Tu Bishvat ט”ו בשבט תשע”ב Rabbi Ezriel Glick Kerestier Florida

12.02.2012
חמשה עשר בשבט אין קערעסטיר פלארידא, משמש בקודש הרה”ח ר’ עזריאל גליק שליט”א פארציילט שיינע עובדות פון סאטמארן רבין זי”ע

סדר טו’ בשבט עם הרב משה ארמוני שליט”א תשע”א-

הרב אליהו גודלבסקי – טו בשבט – שיעור מלא

טו בשבט – מדריך מצולם לבדיקת מזון מתולעים – הרב משה ויא

Jewish Recipes : 24JEWISH Alerts Section jewish Recipes Please Ask the Rabbi about Kashrut

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Levana Cooks

25.01.2008

With over 25 years of experience in professional cooking, recipe development, catering and teaching, master chef — and co-owner of Levana Restaurant — Lévana Kirschenbaum makes the preparation of nutritious and exotic gourmet cuisine easy. Her warmth, enthusiasm and expertise keep her demonstrations lively and rewarding in every way — going beyond cookery into significant byways of nutrition, kitchen tools, food shopping and personal experiences.
Fine dining that is also contemporary, nutritious and easy to prepare is a way of life that Lévana instills in her classes. Lévana’s unfussy, straightforward approach utilizes fresh, all natural ingredients to create international flavors from her native Morocco and other wide-ranging culinary influences.

If you’re ever in the Manhattan area, join her for a class; Monday Nights, 7:00— 9:00 pm, Lincoln Square Synagogue. 200 Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street, 2nd floor.

Visit her at http://www.levanacooks.com to see her class schedule, order one of her cookbooks, or to find more information on her. Visit her blog at levanacooks.blogspot.com

Music by Andy Statman

Video by IMR Films — http://www.imrfilms.com

How to make no-mixer Doughnuts (Square and Round)

 13.12.2011

http://www.cookkosher.com/ – For the full recipe seehttp://bit.ly/square-doughnut. CookKosher.com demonstrates how to make super easy doughnuts. Special for chanukah, learn how to make square and round doughnuts that are hassle free and require no mixer. Doughnut recipe from Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking by Leah Schapira.

How to Make Chocolate Babka

 22.02.2012

http://www.cookkosher.com/ To print the recipe visit:http://bit.ly/shUhy1. CookKosher.com demonstrates how to make Babka with a chocolate filling. Babka is a twisted yeast cake roll with a filling, similar to Kokosh cake. Enjoy this beautiful yeasty, chocolatey cake

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Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism – Footsteps

13.05.2013

A support group called Footsteps is providing counsel to those who have chosen to leave the confines of the ultra-Orthodox world in which they were raised

BBYO’s International Kallah

09.12.2013

http://bbyo.org/summer/kallah

Kallah is a unique opportunity to determine what it means to you to be Jewish. A community of incredible educators, staff and guests will share the diversity of Jewish life and help you explore who you are and who you want to become. At Kallah and Perlman Camp, you will form a network of teens from around the world and learn about Jewish ritual, values and practices, the Jewish community and Israel. You will explore your Judaism through electives like music, art, cooking, media and more. No topic is off limits, and no opinion is taboo — be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn as much from your teachers as they do from you.

What Are People Saying About BBYO Teens

04.03.2013

BBYO’s International Convention 2013 welcomed an inspiring roster of speakers and leaders. Watch to see what they had to say about BBYO teens!

3éme Cour de torah sur la paracha Vayé’hi par Avy Allouche, d´après les cours du Rav Corda

14.12.2013

Des secrets, sur la différence entre Yaacov et Israel.
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Before his passing, Jacob blessed his sons. His youngest son, Benjamin, is praised and blessed 
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From Days Gone By: Torah Giants Converse | CrownHeights.info zalman

From Days Gone By: Torah Giants Converse. Lubavitch Archives. 1470212_750938934932941_1499974632_n (2). Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the leading 
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Israel reaches out to save US Jewish communityCleveland Jewish News

JERUSALEM — More than 100 Israeli leaders gathered with Jewish-American counterparts in Jerusalem last month with a daunting mission: to save 
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Plundered Syrian Torah scrolls said held by Al-Qaeda-linked rebelsThe Times of Israel

Torah scrolls and other Judaica plundered from an ancient Damascus synagogue are being held by an Islamist group inside Syria, which is demanding the 
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Hanukkah Lights 2013OPB News

Celebrate the Jewish holiday with Hanukkah Lights — selected stories directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City.
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Staten Island Jews reflect crucial shifts in the faith seen in the US SILive.com

“Everything we know about traditional Jewish life in America is up in the air, with religious practice facing an uncertain future,” said Rabbi Stephen Stern.
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What You Missed in the News: December 8 – 15Shalom Life

It was an incredible week in the news, particularly here at Shalom Life With several Jewishartists contributing to the realms of indie, rock, electronic, hip hop, 
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‘American Hustle’ Inspired by Real-Life Jewish ConmanJewish Daily Forward (blog)

“American Hustle,” David O. Russell’s inventive and energetic take on the Abscam scandal, starts with a tone-setting (and laugh-inducing) placard on the screen:.
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Christiane Amanpour on the Mount of OlivesThe Jewish Press

In this archive radio segment, Christiane Amanpour (CNN and ABC) visits Yishai on the Mount of Olives. Listen in as Yishai and Christiane discuss Jewish life in 

 

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Italian Jews slam Pitchfork movement’s remarks

 16.12.2013

Italy’s Jewish communities have hit back at the anti-austerity Pitchfork movement, which has said Italy is ‘enslaved by wealthy Jewish bankers’. Renzo Gattegna, the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, labels the claims as ‘delirious’, saying that they shamelessly recall a historical era defined by death, violence and denials of basic human rights.

December’s JN1 Activism Award

15.12.2013

This fall, Jewish News One has launched a new monthly award designed to recognise the efforts of individuals working to support Jewish life across the world. The JN1 Jewish Activism award seeks to acknowledge the role of these individuals in building a better Jewish future. December’s award is going to Imam Hassen Chalghoumi for his efforts to build bridges between French jewish and Muslim communities.

Iraqi Jews bury sacred texts in NYC cemeteryJerusalem Post

A number of fragments of holy texts confiscated from the Iraqi Jewish community by Saddam Hussein’s secret police were buried in a Jewish cemetery in New 
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Jewish Self-Government in Europe Was Not Just a Dream—It Was a Tablet Magazine

Communication between the Va’ad (council) and Jewish communities outside of Poland was not standard or even commonplace, so its decisions and actions 
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Black, Jewish Leaders Unite To Condemn ‘Knockout Game’ AttacksCBS Local

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, leaders of the black and Jewish communities joined together Sunday on the steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court to 
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Italian populist leader slammed for Jews and money slurJewish Telegraphic Agency

Zunino “is powered by the most violent and sinister anti-Semitic stereotypes,” Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said in a 
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Suspected Terrorist Infiltration in NeriahArutz Sheva

Residents of the Jewish community of Neriah, in the Talmon bloc of Jewish communitiesbetween Ramallah and Modiin, were told to remain in their homes, 
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Пётр Чайковский “Симфония № 6” (“Патетическая”). Дирижёр – Юрий Темирканов – “Собрание исполнений”

12.12.2013

#2 Yiddish Fest 2013.

15.12.2013

плейлист YF2013 добавляется постепенно тут!http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

The objectives of the festival is the promotion of Jewish music and culture on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

Teachers who worked at the festival:

Merlin Shepherd (UK)
Polina Shepherd (UK)
Mark Kovnatskiy (DE)
Adrienne Cooper (USA)
Merilin Lerner (CAN)
Efim Chorny (MOL)
Stanislav Rayko (DE)
David Krakauer (USA)
Alicia Svigals (USA)
Frank London (USA)
Alan Bern (DE)
Gennadiy Fomin (UA)
Michael Alpert (USA)
Joshua Dolgin (CAN)
Alexandr Danilov (MOL)
Alexey Rozov (RUS)

Today “Yiddish Fest” is the largest festival of Jewish music in the former Soviet Union, which always have full sold out in the best halls of Moscow.

This seminar-festival was founded in 2005 by Anatoly Pinsky. After his death, a festival run by his daughter Anna and Zoya and is dedicated to the memory of Anatoly.

“Yiddish Fest” include a large Festival concert program with appearances of the most famous performers and ensembles of Jewish music in Russia, Europe and USA.
Along with the concert program, “Yiddish-Fest” also include an International music seminar, which will be lead by the most esteemed specialists in the field of Jewish music and culture.
The seminar program includes:

1. vocal and instrumental master classes;
2. participation in vocal and instrumental ensembles;
3. Jewish folk dance lab;
4. regular jam sessions;
5. preparation and participation in the final Gala-Concert;
6. discussions and exchange of experience and knowledge between the participants;

yiddish.fest@gmail.com
http://www.jewish-museum.ru/ru/events/54

плей-лист с нашей съёмкой 2011 года здесь:
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фрагменты плясок 2010 года здесь:
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06. Giora Feidman – Dancing With The Rabbi

06.05.2011

The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

A Super Woman; A Sudden Death – December 13, 2013

Activist on Skates

by Rabbi Shraga Simmons
Champion of academics, athletics and the arts, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is focused on her role as a third-generation Holocaust survivor.

Lauren’s Light

by Judy Gruen
Honoring a vivacious life tragically cut short.

Not Your Typical Kosher Restaurant

by Yvette Alt Miller
Jeff Aeder, the owner of Chicago’s hottest kosher restaurant, donates all the profits to charity.

Video: Seeing the Good in Others

by The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation
How to see past the negativity that divides us.

4 Ways to Strengthen Our Relationship with God

by Orit Esther Riter, Author of the Daily Dose of Emuna
How to start feeling God’s presence in your life.

Video: The Bottle Story

by Rabbi Tzvi Sytner
My 6-year-old daughter encounters some of the challenges in kindness.

Editor’s Pick:

Stairway to Heaven

by Rabbi Yaakov Salomon
One long, dark, memorable night I discovered my mother.

The Jewniverse

 

December 16, 2013
Gogol-Mogol, The Shtetl Miracle Cocktail

From the same folks who discovered chicken soup and munching garlic cloves as remedies for the common cold, came the “gogol-mogol” the once-revered, now maligned shtetl health cocktail.

What, haven’t heard of it? Gogol-mogol, or “guggle-muggle” in Americanese, is an egg-based beverage rooted in the Russian Old Country. It’s typically made by beating an egg yolk with sugar and adding hot milk, although, like all things passed down through the generations, there are countless variations.

Barbra Streisand‘s mother fed her a classic gogol-mogol when Streisand was a child, hoping to strengthen her vocal chords.Mayor Ed Koch sipped a juice-and-liquor version to help get over the flu. Butter, cocoa, brandy, and rum are all fair game.

As for the exact origin of the gogol-mogol, no one is certain. Some Yiddishists point to a popular Russian cocktail by the same name. Another writer claims the Shulhan Arukh, a 16th century Spanish code of Jewish law, paved the way.

Either way, the gogol-mogol is sure to be around for quite some time. At least in name.

– Zachary Solomon

Gogol Mogol

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Glenn Beck, History of Jewish expulsions over 2000 years

 02.06.2011

Glenn Beck gives history of 2000 year persecutions and expulsions of Jews in world. He also mentions how statue of liberty crown is based on Moses rays of light and liberty bell has quote from jewish bible. He shows how valuable jews have been to western civilization.

Introduction to Berel Wein & The Destiny Foundation – #1

26.01.2009

http://JewishHistory.org Rabbi Berel Wein talks about his own personal history and how he eventually became the founder/director of The Destiny Foundation.

The Destiny Foundation produces educational and entertaining media to tell the story of the Jewish people to the Jewish people

The Alarming Rise of Campus Anti-SemitismFrontPage Magazine

Events demonizing Jews and even glorifying the murderers of Jews, in the guise of anti-Israel rhetoric, are tolerated by campus administrators despite 
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Born in a DP camp, baseball’s historian adopts America’s national Jewish Telegraphic Agency

So his work as a consultant for the National Museum of National American Jewish History on its upcoming exhibition documenting Jewish ties to the 
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Iraqi Jews bury sacred texts in NYC cemeteryJerusalem Post

A number of fragments of holy texts confiscated from the Iraqi Jewish  texts, they are part of our Iraqi Jewish history and why should we rush to dispose of these 
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Born in a DP camp, baseball’s historian adopts America’s national St. Louis Jewish Light

So his work as a consultant for the National Museum of National American Jewish History on its upcoming exhibition documenting Jewish ties to the national 
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Canada turned away Jewish refugeesTheChronicleHerald.ca

It was 1939 and 907 Jewish refugees aboard the German transatlantic liner St. Louis were  “It’s the job of a museum not to censor history,” said McNabb.
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Jewish Self-Government in Europe Was Not Just a Dream—It Was a Tablet Magazine

The Council of Four Lands (Va’ad Arba Aratzot) was the most elaborate and highly developed institutional structure in European Jewish history—a national 
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My Turn: Taos Jewish Center Peace Hanukkah of 12/12/12taosnews

The origin of the Palestinians and the Jews is Abraham, and their nations’ stories begin with him. In early history, Arabs and Jews co-existed peacefully.
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December 2013 Breaking News Israel Palestine peace talks & Irans nuclear bomb status Last Days

10.12.2013

For the truth: http://q.gs/5B9xW

Israeli Minister Calls Palestinian State Pointless
http://www.israel.com/news/israeli-mi…

Naftali Bennet, Israel’s Economy Minister, Says Palestinian Statehood Is Dead-End
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06…

Naftali Bennett is a former software entrepreneur and an Israeli politician. He is the current leader of The Jewish Home political party and the Minister of Economy and Trade in the 33rd Government of the State of Israel.

Bennett (born March 25, 1972) was born in Haifa. to an Americna Jewish couple who had immigrated to Israel just after the Six Day War in 1967. He is the youngest of three sons.

Growing up Bennett attended a religious high school and was a youth leader in Bnei Akiva. He served in the Israel Defense Forces in the elite special forces commando unit Sayeret Matkal as well as the special forces unit Maglan. After his service he earned a law degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From 2006 to 2008, Bennett served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s Chief of Staff. In 2010 he was chosen to be the Director General of the Yesha Council and worked against a settlement freeze.

In April 2012, Bennett broke away from the Likud Party and joined The Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi, in Hebrew). In the January 2013 Knesset elections, Bennett’s party won 12 seats in the parliament, making it the fifth largest party in the legistlature. In March 2013, Bennett and Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid Party, joined forces with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a coalition government. Bennett was rewarded with the position of Minister of Economy and Trade.

Bennett is the author of the “Bennett Plan” of solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The plan involves three divisions of the West Bank. Israel would annex “Area C,” while the Palestinian Authority would retain control over Areas A and B while working in concert with Israel’s security forces to ensure peace. Gaza would be ruled by Egypt. Bennett does not support the creation of a Palestinian state.

This Day in Jewish History / Maker of yogurt for ‘happy digestion’ is Haaretz

This Day in Jewish History / Maker of yogurt for ‘happy digestion’ is born. Daniel Carasso took the Spanish yogurt manufacturer his father founded in 
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This Day, December 16, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

1431: King Henry VI of Englandnamed King of France following the death of his grandfather, Charles VI, King of France. Charles VI was the French 
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This Day in Jewish History / The Portuguese burn a converso Haaretz

He was 22 years old, and was sentenced to death for having backslided intoJewish belief and practice, and refusing to repent for his crimes. Castro Tartas was 
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This Day, December 16, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. LevinCleveland Jewish News (blog)

As for the Jewish view, Henry’s father had to promise his future Spanish in-laws that  for the quote “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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Jewish Museum Frankfurt

 09.12.2013

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MemoryVoid_ipabo2012

09.12.2013

De Israëlische kunstenaar Menashe Kadishman maakte voor het Jüdisches Museum in Berlijn de installatie getiteld “Shalekhet” (Gevallen Bladeren). De installatie is gesitueerd in de “Memory Void” van het bijzondere museum. Niet iedereen weet dat je het ook kunt en mag betreden. Een ervaring waar je kippenvel van krijgt. Tijdens het bezoek met Ipabostudenten in 2012 heb ik het gefilmd.

Vater schreibt aus dem Gefängnis an „Mein liebes Ilsekind“Derwesten.de

Das Jüdische Museum Westfalen in Dorsten hat in dem Buch die Briefe veröffentlicht, die die Eltern von Elise Hallin ihrer nach Schweden emigrierten Tochter 
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“Truth Recongnized” p:46

15.12.2013

“Truth Recongnized” p:46 AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R’ Paltiel Sunday 12 Tevet 5774
http://www.dailychassidus.blogspot.com

 

LESSONS IN TANYA: Monday, December 16, 2013

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Tevet 13, 5774 · December 16, 2013
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Likutei Amarim, middle of Chapter 9

אך הנה כתיב: ולאום מלאום יאמץ

It is written,1 however, “One nation shall prevail over the other nation.”

The verse refers to Jacob and Esau. In terms of a Jew’s spiritual life it is understood as an allusion to the divine soul and the animal soul respectively, who are constantly warring with each other.

כי הגוף נקרא עיר קטנה, וכמו ששני מלכים נלחמים על עיר אחת, שכל אחד רוצה לכבשה ולמלוך עליה

For the body is called2 a “small city.” The two souls, in relation to one’s body, are just as two kings who wage war over a city, which each wishes to capture and dominate even against its will and to rule with the consent of the populace;

דהיינו להנהיג יושביה כרצונו, ושיהיו סרים למשמעתו בכל אשר יגזור עליהם

that is to say, each king wishes to direct its inhabitants according to his will, so that they obey him in all that he decrees upon them.

כך שתי הנפשות — האלקית, והחיונית הבהמית שמהקליפה — נלחמות זו עם זו על הגוף וכל אבריו

So, too, do the two souls — the divine soul and the vitalizing animal soul, which originates from kelipah and is therefore the very antithesis of the divine soul — wage war against each other over the body and all its organs, the body being analogous to the city and the organs to its inhabitants.

Here, too, each soul wishes to direct the city’s inhabitants according to its will, as follows:

שהאלקית חפצה ורצונה שתהא היא לבדה המושלת עליו ומנהיגתו

The divine soul’s will and desire is that she alone rule over the person and direct him,

וכל האברים יהיו סרים למשמעתה ובטלים אליה לגמרי

so that all the organs be subject to her discipline, following and obeying her dictates, and furthermore that they surrender themselves completely to her,i.e., that they not only obey her, but also surrender their will to her,

ומרכבה אליה

and she desires further still that all the organs become a “chariot” for her.

The divine soul desires that the organs not only surrender their will to it, implying that they do indeed have a will of their own, though it is surrendered to the soul, but rather it desires also that they have no will other than its own — similar to a chariot, which has no independent will, but is merely an instrument of its driver.

ויהיו לבוש לעשר בחינותיה וג׳ לבושיה הנזכרים לעיל, שיתלבשו כולם באברי הגוף

Moreover, the divine soul desires that [the organs] be also a garment, an instrument of expression, for her ten faculties and three garments of thought, speech and action mentioned above,3 all of which should clothe the limbs of the body,

ויהיה הגוף כולו מלא מהם לבדם

and the entire body should be permeated with them alone.

The body’s being harnessed in service of the divine soul might not preclude its serving the animal soul, too, on occasion. The Alter Rebbe therefore adds the phrase: “the entire body should be permeated [by the divine soul] alone,” emphasizing the divine soul’s desire to have exclusive use of the body as an instrument of expression, leaving no place for the faculties and garments of the animal soul.

ולא יעבור זר בתוכם ח״ו

No alien would then [so much as] pass through the organs, G‑d forbid,i.e., the animal soul would exert no influence whatever on the body.

The above forms a general description of the divine soul’s desire to pervade the whole body. The Alter Rebbe now turns to specifics: which organs would give expression to each particular faculty or garment of the divine soul.

דהיינו: תלת מוחין שבראש יהיו ממולאים מחב״ד שבנפש האלקית

That is to say, [specifically:] the three brains — the three sections of the brain, which correspond to the three intellectual faculties: Chochmah, Binah, Daat — would be permeated with the ChaBaD of the divine soul,

שהיא חכמת ה׳ ובינתו

namely, [in] discerning G‑d and understanding Him, i.e., applying the faculties of Chochmah and Binah to the understanding of G‑dliness,

להתבונן בגדולתו אשר עד אין חקר ואין סוף

by pondering His unfathomable and infinite greatness with these two faculties;

ולהוליד מהן, על ידי הדעת, היראה במוחו ופחד ה׳ בלבו

through applying to this meditation the faculty of Daat (knowledge) [as well], i.e., through immersing oneself in the subject of G‑d’s greatness with the depth typical of Daat, so that one not only understands this greatness, but actually feels it,they i.e., his aforementioned faculties of Chochmah and Binah engaged in pondering G‑d’s greatness will give birth to an awe [of G‑d] in his mind, and dread of G‑d in his heart.4

Thus, not only his mind but also his heart will be permeated with the faculties of the divine soul: the mind — with the divine soul’s CHaBaD faculties pondering G‑d’s greatness, and the heart — with the divine soul’s emotions (the fear just mentioned and the love soon to be discussed) arising from this contemplation.

ואהבת ה׳ כאש בוערה בלבו כרשפי שלהבת

There will also be born of this contemplation a love of G‑d, burning in his heart like a flame, like fiery flashes.

להיות נכספה וגם כלתה נפשו בחשיקה וחפיצה, לדבקה בו באין סוף ברוך הוא בכל לב ונפש ומאד

His soul will thirst and pine with desire and longing to cleave to the blessed Ein Sof with all his heart, soul, and might — as it is written,5 “And you shall love G‑d, your L‑rd, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.”

“With all your heart” means that the heart is filled with the love of G‑d; “with all your soul” implies that the love spills over beyond the heart, to affect all the organs of the body — the feet, for example, will move with alacrity to do a mitzvah; “with all your might” means loving G‑d to the point where one will sacrifice his life for Him.

מעומקא דלבא שבחלל הימני

This love will rise from the depths of the heart, that is, from the right ventricle — the seat of the divine soul’s emotional faculties, as mentioned above.

שיהיה תוכו רצוף אהבה, מלא וגדוש

The kind of love that the divine soul desires entails that [the heart] be inlaid with love from within,6 and furthermore, not only would the love be (as it were) on the “surface” of the heart, but the heart would also be full, with the love occupying its entire space, as it were; and furthermore, it would be, indeed, filled to overflowing— i.e., the love would overflow into the left part of the heart, to affect the emotional faculties of the animal soul which reside there, as the Alter Rebbe continues:

עד שתתפשט גם לחלל השמאלי, לאכפיא לסטרא אחרא, יסוד המים הרעים שבה

[The love] would thus inundate the left part [of the heart] as well, to crush the sitra achra; specifically, the element of Water in it — in the animal soul,

שהיא התאוה שמקליפת נוגה

meaning the lust emanating from kelipat nogah.

As mentioned in ch. 1, the animal soul’s element of Water gives rise to lust for physical pleasures derived from kelipat nogah. Now, the animal soul’s spirit of lust is the kelipah counterpart of the divine soul’s spirit of love (for G‑d). Thus, the divine soul’s intense love of G‑d has the power to crush the animal soul’s lust for physical pleasures.

לשנותה ולהפכה מתענוגי עולם הזה לאהבת ה׳

The effect of the divine soul on the animal soul’s element of Water would be to change and transform it from [a lust for] mundane pleasures to a love of G‑d,

כמו שכתוב: בכל לבבך, בשני יצריך

as it is written,7 [“You shall love G‑d]… with all your heart” — which our Sages interpret8 (basing themselves on the use of the dual form of the word — לבבךinstead of לבך, which allows the verse to imply “with all your hearts”): “With both your natures, with your good inclination and also with your evil inclination.”

Accordingly, the evil inclination (i.e., the lust of the animal soul) must also come to love G‑d, and this too is part of the divine soul’s battle-plan.

The Alter Rebbe now describes the specific level of love of G‑d that accomplishes this:

והיינו, שיעלה ויבא ויגיע למדרגת אהבה רבה וחיבה יתירה ממדרגת אהבה עזה כרשפי אש

This transformation of the animal soul’s lust to a love of G‑d entails rising to attain to the level of ahavah rabbah (“abundant love”), a love surpassing even the level of the “powerful love, like fiery flashes” that was mentioned earlier.

FOOTNOTES
1. Bereishit 25:23.
2. Kohelet 9:14; Nedarim 32b.10. Chs. 3 and 4.
3. Chs. 3 and 4.
4. For the difference between “awe” and “dread”, and their relationship to the mind and heart, respectively, see ch. 3, note 6.
5. Devarim 6:5.
6. Shir HaShirim 3:10.
7. Devarim 6:5.
8. Berachot 54a.
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Positive Commandment 226
Execution by Beheading

“[The sin] shall surely be avenged”—Exodus 21:20.

Transgressors of certain sins are to be executed via decapitation.

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Positive Commandment 227
Execution by Strangulation

“He shall be put to death”—Exodus 21:16.

Transgressors of certain sins are to be executed via strangulation.

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Positive Commandment 230
Hanging

“And you shall hang him on a wood[en pole]”—Deuteronomy 21:22.

We are commanded to hang the corpses of certain criminals executed by the courts. (See Negative Commandment 66.)

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Positive Commandment 231
Burying the Dead

“You shall surely bury him on the same day”—Deuteronomy 21:23.

We are commanded to bury those executed by the courts on the same day of their execution.

The same applies to all dead—every Jewish deceased must be buried on the day of the passing. (This is why a person who died with no one to care for his interment is called a “met mitzvah” (a “mitzvah corpse”), because it is a mitzvah on everyone to ensure that he is buried.)

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Negative Commandment 66
Leaving a Corpse Hanging Overnight

“His body shall not remain all night upon the tree”—Deuteronomy 21:23.

It is forbidden to leave a corpse that was hung by the courts hanging overnight.

This because only two offenses are punishable by hanging [post execution]: idolatry and blaspheme. As such, someone seeing the hanging corpse might contemplate the reason why the individual was hanged, and will come to blaspheme G‑d in his thoughts.

[This prohibition also includes leaving any Jewish corpse unburied overnight, unless the delay in the internment is in honor of the deceased; e.g., to allow time for relatives to arrive for the funeral.]

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