Teachings of the Sages 28th Kislev 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON LOVING ONE’S FELLOW JEWS

R’ Raphael loved peace and unity in the Jewish people. He said: “Any disagreement between Jews causes a breach to appear in the Throne of Holiness through which unholy spirits enter. Hence it is the duty of every Jew to love and to befriend anyone who has disagreed with him, and thereby to repair the breach. When Israelites are united, they become the very Throne of Holiness, the Shekinah dwells in them, and all holiness descends upon them”.*
*Midrash Pinhas, pp. 43-44 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, p. 499. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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Joke of the day 28th Kislev 5770

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The millionaire businessman makes a bad investment and is wiped out. All he has left is $10,000. What can he do? He decides he’ll take the $10,000 and bet on a horse. He picks a horse “Dancer” that pays 1,000 to 1. He figures if he wins, he’s a millionaire. If he loses, he’s in the hole anyway.When they line up to start the race, he says to himself: “This is crazy! If they pay 1,000 to one there is no chance I’m going to win. I’d better start praying.” So he starts praying: “G-d, please allow this horse to run!” Sure enough, off they go – and his horse is running. “G-d, please, please move him up in the pack!” He moves up in the pack. “G-d, get him up in front, please, please!” The horse is ahead by a nose. “Thank you Almighty, please, keep him in front!” The horse is ahead by a length. “Please, please keep him going!” He’s ahead by 5 lengths. The businessman speaks up: “O.K. G-d, I can take over from here. Go ahead Dancer, come on Dancer!”

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On this day Limud yomi for 28th Kislev 5770

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Limud yomi

  • Daf yomi: Bava Batra 116
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Horayot 4
  • Mishna yomit: Tahorot 1:3
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 374:4
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 29
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Mikeitz
  • Torah Reading: Gen. 41:1-44:17*
  • Haftara for Second Shabbat of Chanukah: 1 Kings 7:40 –50*

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*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.

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 28th Kislev 5770

 
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One could not see a deficiency in someone else if he did not bear a trace of it within himself.
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Daily Torah Quote 28th Kislev 5770

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“Trust G-d and do good” – Nachmanides explains: Despite the fact that you have no good deeds and you know that you are wicked, still, trust in the Creator, for He is merciful and He’ll have mercy upon you, as it is written: “His mercy is on all His creations.”

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 28th Kislev 5770

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SelfGrowth Keep Smiling 28th Kislev 5770

Thinking about Others

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Kindness starts with thinking about others. Let’s start in just this way. Pick a person, any person, and start thinking about what he needs, what we can do to enrich him, boost him, how can we change his life. With extended thought, ideas will flow into our heads, and we will find a way to make a real change in his life.

(Rabbeinu Yona, Mishle 2.1)

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