Daily Dose 28th Elul, 5770


The Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freemani’s book, “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth”, click here.

Rebbe means teacher. Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson is seventh in a prestigious line of chassidic rebbes. Even after his passing, he is known worldwide as simply “The Rebbe” – a Rebbe for any person in the world.

These Daily Doses offer every person a taste of the Rebbe’s wisdom, condensed from over 50 years of letters, public talks, private conversations, and written works.

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The Daily Page 28th Elul, 5770

The Daily Page is a collection of excerpts taken from the daily Kabbalah lesson with Dr. Michael Laitman and Bnei Baruch.

The Drop Of Unity Is Priceless

Everything that ever happened to us, all the suffering we have gone through over the course of all of our history was for our own good. Baal HaSulam writes in Letter #23 that a person who has revealed a drop of unity with the Creator would happily chop off his arms and legs several times a day just to feel the taste of unity with the Creator at least once in his lifetime!

And that’s no exaggeration. If a person would consider how much Light one single drop of unity brings him compared to all of the most horrible suffering of this world, then he would feel that it outweighs everything!

We do not understand what the Upper Light is that clothes into the soul. We think that it’s simply something pleasant that makes us feel good. We don’t feel the true meaning of the words “eternity, perfection, and harmony.”

-from the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/17/10

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Daily Kabbalah Bites, 28th Elul, 5770

The most outstanding Questions and Answers, excerpts, examples, illustrations, definitions, and advice from the Daily Kabbalah Lesson of Dr. Michael Laitman and Bnei Baruch.

Daily Kabbalah Tip
Advice in the daily Kabbalah lesson is recommended, practical tasks for advancing spiritually.

Build It Together

We build the connection together.

Entering the New Internet system and actively participating in it brings very great results. Even answering 2-3 questions operates internally as great strength. It works and is worthwhile. Operating within the system is the helping force, truly the Upper force. Arvut (mutual guarantee) and shared concern exist there.

The questions in the system need to be a little broader, and don’t have to be connected to the text itself since it can be that not everyone understands the text. This cooperation between us needs to be at a very simple and clear level for everyone. The benefit is actually the participation in the system. The system wasn’t designed for learning, but for everyone’s participation: men, women, young, and old. It needs to be clear to everyone.

All that the wisdom of Kabbalah talks about is connection, thus it is desirable that the system deals with Arvut and connection. The questions don’t need to be clever or sophisticated but should interest the general, mutual Kli so that everyone will have the chance to participate, including beginners. It doesn’t matter if you answer the question correctly or not, but that you participated and entered your desire into the system.

-from the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/10 (minutes 34-40)

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Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 28th Elul, 5770

Motivational Quotes

It Depends on Us

It depends on us — us and only us. We are the ones who can change anything, who can improve the world around us. We may need the Creator’s help to accomplish anything, but His help is here. We must simply ask for it.

It depends on us. We have to make it happen. The Creator will help us, but we must make the first move, we must take the first step. It cannot be another way. We have to look for it to happen. We have to ask for it to happen. Then it can happen.

We need to move first. We must make one move, then another, then another. This is sometimes the hardest part — the resistance that faces us before we take that move. But if we’ll ignore our reluctance, if we’ll take the initiative, the resistance will fade from before us.

We can make it happen — now. All we need is to do it — now!

by Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 28th Elul, 5770


Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 24
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 23
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 2:1
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 538:6
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 9
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Ha’azinu

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DIARY
25 Elul 5770-4 Tishri 5771
3-12 September 2010

Sunday 5 September / 26 Elul
First day of Selichot (Ashkenazim)

Today the Ashkenazi communities begin to rise every weekday before the dawn until the eve of Yom Kippur for Selichot (penitential prayers), thereby joining their Sephardi brethren, who began rising for Selichot immediately after Rosh Chodesh Elul. Some communities have the practice of reciting the Selichot on Saturday night starting about an hour before midnight, i.e. near the beginning of the middle “watch” of the night. Those who did not rise for Selichot at night or before dawn may recite them after daybreak prior to the daily Shacharit morning prayer. “A few supplications with kavanah (proper intention) are better than many without” (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, 1:4). Many have the custom of fasting on the first day of the Selichot. Those who are unable to fast from food may choose to observe a “fast from speaking”, Ta’anit Dibbur.

Monday night-Tuesday 6-7 September / 28 Elul
Anniversary of the death of King Saul and his three sons at the battle of Mt Gilboa.

Tuesday night-Wednesday 7-8 September / 29 Elul
Eve of Rosh Hashanah

It is customary to rise in the small hours of the night for the lengthy pre-dawn Selichot, known as Brit Yitzhak (“the Covenant of Isaac”), the last service of supplicatory prayers before the Day of Judgment. At the conclusion of the morning service, the Shofar is not blown. It is customary to formally annul any vows one may have made: this is done before a Beit Din of three adult males (not necessarily rabbis) according to the formula printed in the Selichot and Rosh Hashanah Machzor. Many fast today until after midday. It is customary to pray at the graves of the Tzaddikim and to give a sum of money to a righteous person for Pidyon Nefesh, “redemption of the soul”. There is an ancient custom of purchasing a knife on the eve of Rosh Hashanah as a propitious segulah for livelihood. Where possible males should immerse in a mikveh in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

Eiruv Tavshilin: Since the two days of Yom Tov of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday-Friday 9-10 September) are followed immediately by Shabbat, in order to cook on Yom Tov day for the coming Shabbat, it is necessary to prepare Eiruv Tavshilin on Thursday afternoon prior to the commencement of Yom Tov. For further information on the mitzva of Eiruv Tavshilin click here.

“Finished are the old year and its curses!
Let the New Year and its blessings begin!”

Leshanah Tova Tikatevu Vetichatemu — May you be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year!

The Molad of Tishri is on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 36 minutes and 1 halakim after 7 p.m.

Attributes of the month of Tishri: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: VAV KEH YOD KEH, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse vayir’U otaH sareY par’oH, “and the ministers of Pharaoh saw her” (Genesis 11:29). The month’s corresponding letter is: LAMED; Human attribute: COITION; Body Part: GALL BLADDER; Tribe: JOSEPH; Constellation: MOZNA’IM (Libra, the Scales).

Wednesday night-Thursday 8-9 September / 1 Tishri 5771
First day of Rosh Hashanah, New Year
Information about the customs of Rosh Hashanah is widely available in the festival prayer books and online (e.g. at torah.org and chabad.org) and details have therefore not been included in this diary.

Today was the sixth day of the Six Days of Creation. The waters of the flood dried and Noah removed the cover from the ark. Sarah, Rachel and Hannah mother of Samuel were all granted children on this day, and Isaac‘s prayer for Rebecca to give birth was accepted. Sarah was born and died on this day. Isaac blessed Jacob, and Joseph was released from prison. Today is the anniversary of the death from mutilation of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz (author of the Rosh Hashanah prayer Unetanneh Tokef). In 1554 the Talmud and its commentaries were burned in Rome on orders from the pope.

Thursday night-Friday 9-10 September / 2 Tishri
Second day of Rosh Hashanah
Even though all the other Torah-ordained festivals are celebrated for only one day in Israel while Diaspora communities celebrate them for two days, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days even in Israel.

Friday night-Saturday 10-11 September / 3 Tishri
Shabbat SHUVAH, Parshat HA’AZINU
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 32: 1-52. Special Haftara for Shabbat Shuvah: Hosea 14, 2-10; Michah 7, 18-20; Joel 2, 11-27.

At the Shabbat meals many have the custom of dipping the Challah in honey as on Rosh Hashanah, and do the same at the festive meals before and after Yom Kippur, on Succot, Hoshana Rabbah and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.
It is customary for the rabbi of the community to deliver a special address this Shabbat on the theme of Teshuvah (Repentance) and other timely subjects.
Today is the anniversary of the start of the seven-day Festival of Inauguration of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. It is appropriate to read King Solomon’s prayer (I Kings ch 8).

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham Abele Gombiner, the Magen Avraham (c. 1633-83), author of one of the most important commentaries on Shulchan Aruch, and of Rabbi Yisrael Lipshitz (1782-1860), author of the Tiferet Yisrael commentary on the Mishnah.

* On Saturday night at 02:00 a.m. Israel changes *
from the summertime to wintertime clock

Sunday 12 September / 4 Tishri
Fast of Gedaliah (deferred from Shabbat)
Today’s fast is in memory of Gedaliah son of Achikam, Babylonian-appointed governor of Judaea after the destruction of the First Temple. His assassination (Jeremiah ch. 41) brought the last vestiges of Jewish self-rule in Israel to an end. The fast commences at dawn on Sunday and is observed until nightfall. Selichot are recited today and every weekday until Yom Kippur.

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Self-Growth Qoutes, 28th Elul, 5770

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

Looking Upwards Quotes

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

Connection
The Divine Presence lies hidden within us. Likewise, it hides in the world around us. We need to connect these two – to bridge the gap. Thus, we fill our lives with its goodness, beauty and joy.

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Baal Shem Tov, 28th Elul, 5770

Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

I heard in the name of my grandfather (the Baal Shem Tov): Our Sages state that whoever renounces idolatry is called a Jew (Megillah 13a). Self-importance is a form of idolatry. Thus, whoever renounces self-importance is called a Jew.
(Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Purim)

 

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