Teachings of the Sages 23rd Kislev 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON LOVING THE EVIL-DOER

R’ Pinchas said: “If men did not sin, the Lord would have no occasion to employ His attributes of mercy, compassion, and the like, but only His attributes of justice. Therefore, it follows that even sinners please the Lord; they bring into play His worthiest attributes”.*
*Nofeth Tzufim, p. 17 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, p. 445. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B); and, similarly, in Ideas and Ideals of the Hassidim, by Milton Aron, p. 66 (B)

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Joke of the day 23rd Kislev 5770

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A picky customer comes to a small food shop and sees a new delivery of fresh fruit. “Give me two kilograms of oranges and wrap every orange up in a separate piece of paper, please,” he says to the saleswoman. She does. “And three kilograms of cherries, please, and wrap up every one in a separate piece of paper, too.” She does. “And what is that there,” he asks pointing out a bushel basket in the corner. “Raisins,” says the saleswoman, “but they are not for sale!”

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On this day Limud yomi for 23rd Kislev 5770

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Limud yomi

  • Daf yomi: Bava Batra 111
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Avodah Zarah 36
  • Mishna yomit: Parah 12:4
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 372:9
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 25
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Vayeishev
  • Torah Reading: Gen. 37:1-40:23*
  • Special Haftara for Shabbat Chanukah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7*

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Friday night-Saturday 11-12 December / 25 Kislev
First Light of CHANUKAH
Shabbat Parshat VAYEISHEV Shabbat Mevarchim TEVET
In the Second Temple on this day the Altar was reconsecrated by the Hasmonean priests. From today until the conclusion of the festival of Chanuakah the special thanksgiving prayer for the miracle (‘Al Hanissim) is added to each Amidah prayer and Birchat HaMazon (Grace after Meals), and Full Hallel (Psalms 113-118) is recited after the morning Amidah.
Shabbat Torah reading: VAYEISHEV, Gen. 37:1-40:23.
Special Chanukah reading: The first day of Chanukah is the anniversary of the completion of the Sanctuary in the Wilderness (though it was not inaugurated until the following Nissan). When Moses saw that the work was complete, he blessed the people “that the Shechinah should rest on the work of your hands… ‘And let the pleasantness of HaShem our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us…'” (Psalms 90:17). On each of the days of Chanukah there is a special Torah reading selected from the account of the sacrifices offered by the Princes of the Twelve Tribes in celebration of the inauguration of the Sanctuary (Numbers 7:1-89).
Blessing the coming month: Following the Torah reading we bless the coming month of Tevet (Rosh Chodesh is on Wednesday night-Friday 16-18 December). The Molad will be on Thursday December 17 at 12:59 a.m. and 10 chalakim.
Special Haftara for Shabbat Chanukah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Saturday night-Sunday 12-13 December / 26 Kislev
The second light of Chanukah is lit after the departure of the Shabbat. The prevalent custom is to light the Chanukah lights following Havdalah.
The days of Chanukah are days of joy. It is forbidden to fast and it is customary to hold feasts and to eat some fried foods (such as doughnuts — no need for excess!!!) in memory of the miracle of the oil, and a milk or cheese dish in memory of the heroism of Judith, who fed the Greek general Holfurnos until he was drowsy and then cut off his head.
For further information on the history, laws and customs of Chanukah, click HERE or HERE.

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 23rd Kislev 5770

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I heard from my master (the Baal Shem Tov) that sometimes a person prays for one thing, and he is given something else. Sometimes his prayer only has an effect in the Supernal Worlds. [But prayer is always beneficial].
(Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Ekev)

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Daily Torah Quote 23rd Kislev 5770

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In the palace of a king there are many rooms, and a different key unlocks each door. But wielding an axe is better than all the keys, because it can break any lock and open any door. Intention is prayer is like the various keys, each prayer has a different intention, but a broken heart is the axe that opens all the Gates of Heaven.

(The Baal Shem Tov)

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 23rd Kislev 5770

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SelfGrowth Keep Smiling 23rd Kislev 5770

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If I could offer you a suit that was stylish and elegant, and would make you more beautiful than you already are, surely you would want it. Especially, if I added, that it protects you from harmful influences — similar to a bulletproof vest — and only costs very little.
Unfortunately, though, I cannot sell you this suit — for it’s a suit you already have. What suit is this? It’s your ability to be happy.
Be happy, and you wrap yourself in style and elegance. How can this be so? For happiness is beyond all style, beyond all elegance Even the wealthiest, most famous, must strive daily to be happy.
Be happy, and be beautiful. Surely, everyone agrees with this.
Be happy, and forget your worries. For happiness stops the calamities of life from hurting you, from crushing you. Moreover, happiness draws the Divine Presence, into you and protects you, even from physical dangers.
Now, to be happy may not mean that you can be careless. Still, you can be carefree. Be happy, and move through life with confidence and flair.

(Excerpted from “Be Happy and Succeed“.)

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