Daily Dose 29th 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 29th Elul, 5770

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

Examining The Correctness Of The Path

It’s very easy to determine whether the path is a spiritual one: Everything that we agree with does not relate to spirituality! It is specifically the contradictions that our mind and senses do not accept that are undesirable and repulsive to us; they relate to spirituality. It is them in particular that we should work on.

If I sense that a certain state won’t bring me any benefit either in my senses or mind, then by rising above this particular state I can start building spirituality. Most likely, in this state it will be impossible to “buy” me, and I won’t look for a selfish profit; rather, I will need the Creator’s help in order to rise above it. In other words, I constantly check myself: checking how much my body resists my work. And for me this is the sign of my correct spiritual advancement.

Further on, I need to examine what I’m doing it for. Perhaps I want to overcome myself and pursue some personal goals. Or maybe I want to find love of the Creator which is repulsive to my “body,” my egoistic sensation and mind, and I’m searching for love that is built on hatred toward egoistic thoughts and desires about oneself.

Often, however, we don’t try to transcend our bodies and we don’t regret that we are unable to work according to our mind and feelings contained in the body. Instead of looking for a state that is beyond our sensations and mind, we wish to be in it.

First and foremost we need to push the body “down,” along with its feelings and mind, and be above them, not to take them into account. That is, I take them into consideration, but only in order to rise above them. Then it’s called faith above reason. But instead, I regret: Why is everything not revealed within my reason so that I can act as a sensible person and know that I have intellect and personal strength to advance correctly?

-from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/30/10

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Daily Kabbalah Bites, 29th 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.

Study Only From the Writings Of Baal HaSulam

There are no Kabbalistic writings suitable for our generation except those of Baal HaSulam. If we work with them properly they will be sufficient for us to achieve all our objectives. Although Kabbalah is a vast and deep method about which many books have been written, there is no Kabbalist who uncovered it in a way more suitable for our generation – during the return to the land of Israel and while living in an integrated world – than Baal HaSulam. Baal HaSulam’s Kabbalah is the Kabbalah of the end of correction; therefore, we cannot replace it with anything else. Baal HaSulam wrote his books for our generation, for a world that needs to enter correction, for souls that are interconnected, and not for generations in which souls corrected themselves individually.

-From Part 1 of the daily Kabbalah lesson, (mins 25:37 – 35:09)

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Keep Smiling, 29th Elul, 5770

To those who read “Keep Smiling” before, I hope you will enjoy reading them once again…
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

       The King’s Architect

An important king asked an architect to design him a magnificent city. The architect threw himself heart and soul into the project; days and nights, he worked as best he knew how.

“One minute,” a friend said to him, “if you put all your energies in working for the king, what will happen to you then? When will you design the house you want for yourself.”

“Are you joking?” the architect answered, “With the thousands of houses I’m designing for the king, don’t you think there will be one the king will give me for myself?

Similarly, we do not lose by bringing the Creator’s kingship and glory into our world. Let us pray this Rosh HaShana for ourselves, and also for the Greater Plan — the ultimate benefit of the world. With this, may we all merit a marvelous, successful and very happy new year.

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day!

by Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 29th Elul, 5770

Motivational Quotes

Soaring

We need to be careful not to attach our thoughts to material objects. Our fascination with them prevents us from soaring to higher planes of consciousness, in this world, and the next (heard from Rav Amatzya Yakovzon, shlita).

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 29th Elul, 5770


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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 25
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 24
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 2:3
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 539:3
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 10
  • 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, 29th Elul, 5770

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

Looking Upwards Quotes

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

Dependent
To depend on others is a weakness. To be independent is also a mistake. We can’t make it without the help of others. What we really need then is to look to the Creator for help, realizing all along that He will lead us to whatever we need and want.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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