Teachings of the Sages 27th Kislev 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON LOVING ONE’S FELLOW JEWS

R’ Raphael said: “Do you desire that people love you? Love them first”.*
*Midrash Pinhas, p. 45 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, p. 220. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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Joke of the day 27th Kislev 5770

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A Jew is down on his luck in Ancient Rome. He answers a “Help Wanted” ad from the Roman Coliseum. What is needed? The grizzly bear died and on the program is a fight to the death between a grizzly bear and a lion. They have the bearskin and the job is to dress up as the bear and fight the lion. Well he isn’t exactly thrilled by the job but he is offered 1,000 gold Drachmas paid in advance which he can give to his soon-to-be-widow and his soon-to-be-orphans. So in desperation he agrees, gets the money, gives it to his wife, and goes to work.They dress him up to perfection, and the game producer gives him some last minute instructions. Animals don’t rush out of their pens. They sniff around and then take a few steps and moving slowly to the center of the ring, eye their opponent and then with a snarl jump on each other. To help you we will have a slow count that you can hear 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – by three you should be in the center of the ring. By 1 you attack.They open the cage. He goes out, sniffs around. 9 – 8 ambles around. 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 center ring. He sees the lion right in front of him. He is sure he is going to die and he yells “SHEMA YISROEL.” The lion answers “HaShem Elokeinu, HaShem Echad.”

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On this day Limud yomi for 27th Kislev 5770

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Limud yomi

  • Daf yomi: Bava Batra 115
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Horayot 3
  • Mishna yomit: Tahorot 1:1
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 374:1
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 28
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Mikeitz
  • Torah Reading: Gen. 41:1-44:17*
  • Haftara for Second Shabbat of Chanukah: 1 Kings 7:40 –50*

*Courtesy of: AZAMRA DIARY

*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.

Wednesday night-Thursday 16-17 December / 30 Kislev
Fifth light of Chanukah
First day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Today is the Yahrzeit of R. Avraham b’Reb Nachman Chazan (1849-1917), outstanding Breslover scholar and author of Kochvey Ohr and Biur HaLikutim, a commentary on Rabbi Nachman’s Likutey Moharan.

Attributes of the month of TEVET: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: KEH YOD KEH VAV, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse [Gadlu] laYHVH eetY uneromemaH shemO , “[magnify] HaShem with me, and let us exalt His name …” (Psalms 34:4). The month’s corresponding letter is: AYIN; Human attribute: ANGER; Body Part: LIVER; Tribe: DAN; Constellation: GEDI (Capricorn, the Goat).

Thursday night-Friday 17-18 December / 1 Tevet
Second day of Rosh Chodesh Tevet
On this day Esther was taken to the palace of Achashverosh (Esther 2:16).
On Friday afternoon, the Chanukah lights must be lit before sunset, and they should be lit before the Shabbat candles. Where possible it is preferable to pray the afternoon Minchah service before kindling the Chanukah lights.

Friday night-Saturday 18-19 December / 2 Tevet
Shabbat Parshat MIKEITZ; Second Shabbat of CHANUKAH
Eighth light of Chanukah
Torah Reading: Mikeitz, Gen. 41:1-44:17, Rosh Chodesh reading Numbers 28:9-15 ; Chanukah reading Numbers 7:54-8:4; Haftara for Second Shabbat of Chanukah: 1 Kings 7:40 –50.
Many have the custom of singing Ma’oz Tzur and other Chanukah songs at the Friday night Shabbat table. Al Hanissim for Chanukah are added in the Birchat Hamazon and in the the Shabbat Amidah prayers, and full Hallel is recited after the shacharit (morning) Amidah.

Eighth day of Chanukah
The eighth and last light of Chanukah takes us beyond the finite world (encompassed by the seven lower sefirot) to the higher world of Binah (Understanding), the eighth level above Malchut. At the time of the lighting of the eighth light and for the whole last day of Chanukah tremendous spiritual influence flows down to all who are willing to open themselves to it.

*Courtesy of: AZAMRA DIARY

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 27th Kislev 5770

 
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Before going to sleep, one should contemplate that his consciousness is returning to the Holy One, blessed be He, in order to be strengthened anew in Divine service.
(Tzava’as HaRivash 22)

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 27th Kislev 5770

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Dark Knowing Light

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Daily Dose – Today’s Meditation – Dark Knowing Light

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SelfGrowth Keep Smiling 27th Kislev 5770

A Room in your House

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“Be a king” — sounds arrogant, right? In fact, it is the height of humility. Moreover, there is none as humble as is a true king. How so?

For our every strength, talent, intelligence is a gift from the Creator. We may earn or not earn such prizes — deserve or not deserve such heights. Nevertheless, they remain gifts.

Thus, to claim these talents as our own is to steal them from their owner. Any arrogance or pride we display is an abomination in the eyes of the Creator. Moreover, to remain ungrateful for all we receive is shortsighted, stupid. Should the Creator continue giving us gifts when we fail to acknowledge them?

On the other hand…

When we recognize that the Creator acts from within us and through us — when we feel His presence stirring us, moving us — then we allow more of the Creator into our midst, more of His kingship to fill us.

Give a king one room in your house and he will sleep there alone. Give him two rooms and he will bring in his chief aide. Give him three rooms and he will bring in more soldiers and staff. Give him your whole house and it will be a king’s house. He will fill its every shelf, its every corner with his glory and majesty.

To be a king, therefore, we need to give our all to the Creator, to nullify ourselves before His presence, and have His qualities shine through us.
This idea our rabbis teach when they say, “Our ancestors — Avraham, Yitzchak and Yakov — were heaven’s chariot.” (Breishis Raba 47.5)

Excerpted from “Be a King“.

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