Daily Dose 6th Tishrei, 5771


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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Daily Kabbalah Definition, 6th Tishrei, 5771

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 Definition
Definitions in the daily Kabbalah lesson guide a precise, spiritual approach to terms, and disqualify materialized corporeal.

What is “shame” in spirituality?

“Shame” is the discovery of that same place from which it is later possible to attain adhesion, i.e., the Kli (vessel) from which it is possible to work. Shame is discovered a little at a time, at each level. If it weren’t revealed, it wouldn’t be possible for us to perform spiritual work.

We are not speaking about shame in reference to the desire to receive since there is no shame in anything that the Creator created. However, we are speaking about spiritual shame when a man is aware that he could have performed something by himself and didn’t; that is, shame is discovered as a situation that depends on us and we discover that we don’t want it. Also here, the desire is from our side.

This means that an actual void is discovered, an empty space of which I am the owner and can perform, but I don’t do a thing, for reasons of my own. Shame is a state. It’s a Kli that is very complex and includes within me many levels. It has its own essence, and so when we reach the end of this sensation, it is already called “shame.”

It is not simple to discover it, since it is the real Kli, the Kli that was built on top of all the other, previous Kelim that arrive from the Creator, from the Light, from the transgressions, from the despair, after exertion in all kinds of things, and from the Light that Reforms. And then after all this process, man begins to discover this additional Kli that is called “shame,” and then he discovers fulfillment 620 times greater.

-from the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/30/10 (minutes 24-29)

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Daily Kabbalah Bites, 6th Tishrei, 5771

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.

Efforts Lead To Understanding

Efforts to understand what is written invite the Light and develop the spiritual Kli inside us. While reading, I should make an effort to search for the roots. We read in the language of the branches, but we should locate and visualize the roots. This effort raises and develops me. Thus we have to make these efforts and not just hear the words.

As it says in the Introduction to Talmud Eser Sefirot, Item 155: The efforts to understand what is written, although one doesn’t understand, is what leads to understanding. The efforts are what brings the Light that Reforms, and when we have corrected vessels we will understand.

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Keep Smiling Video, 6th Tishrei, 5771

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

I have a new, short video (3:40min) titled
Exertion and Reward“.

Click here to visit my site and view it.

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Best wishes, Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day!

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Keep Smiling, 6th Tishrei, 5771

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

       Strengths and Weaknesses

We have strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths elevate us. Our weaknesses pull us down. We need to develop our strengths beyond what they are now. At the same time, we need to stay away from our areas of weakness — and certainly, we shouldn’t publicize them.

We also boost our strengths by joining a group. For amongst others, we may be strong where they are weak, and benefit from being with those who are strong, where we are weak.

Finally, we boost our strengths when we attach ourselves to our Creator. For, He is the absolute source of all strength.

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day!

by Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 6th Tishrei, 5771

Motivational Quotes

Excited

Here is advice worth repeating to ourselves:

One: be happy, excited, enthusiastic about all you do. Do it with a smile, a giggle, a laugh. Do it as a super-fun, new, interesting activity. Be captivated, fascinated. Let your eyes glitter. Rub your hands. Laugh again, just for fun. This is it — a long-awaited treat, a slot machine pouring out glittering gold, a supersonic ride on a cloud, stars shining bright on white snow, a slide down a rainbow. This attitude has to affect others, and it has to affect you — for your success, for your joy.

Two: be especially happy, excited, enthusiastic when you do a holy duty. When you stand up to pray, to praise, thank, plead with the Creator; when you help another, giving your time and money to enrich someone else; when you sit in a class, in front of a Torah text to learn, absorb, internalize the Creator’s word, do it with a smile, a giggle, a laugh. Do it as though it was super-fun, new, interesting. Be captivated, fascinated. Let your eyes glitter. Rub your hands. Laugh again. This is it — a long awaited treat, a slot machine pouring out heavenly gold, a supersonic ride through the solar system, sun shining bright on white wool, a shower of heaven’s blessings. This attitude has to affect others, and it has to affect you — for your future, and for your present.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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AZAMRA’S DIARY Sunday 12th September / 4th Tishri,5771

DIARY
4-11 Tishri 5771
12-19 September 2010

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.

Sunday night-Monday 12-13 September / 5 Tishri

Today is the anniversary of the birth and death of Naftali son of Jacob, and on this day Rabbi Akiva was imprisoned by the Romans.

Those who have made commitments to give charity (e.g. for being called to the Torah reading etc. on the High Holidays) should be sure to fulfill their commitments promptly so as not to provide an argument for the accusing forces on Yom Kippur.

Tuesday night-Wednesday 14-15 September / 7 Elul

Today is the anniversary of the birth and death of Zebulun son of Jacob.

Thursday 16 September / 8 Tishri

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).

Thursday night-Friday 16-17 September / 9 Tishri
Eve of Yom Kippur

It is a mitzvah to eat plentifully both on Thursday night and particularly during the day on Friday in preparation for the coming fast of Yom Kippur. Many endeavor to recite the Erev Yom Kippur Selichot around dawn, following them with Kapparot ("atonements") as found at the beginning of the Yom Kippur Machzor (prayer-book). The author of the Shulchan Aruch (Rabbi Yosef Karo) was opposed to carrying out Kapparot with chickens (on the grounds that this could degenerate into superstition) and advocated that charity money should be used instead. However, the author of the Mappa (Rabbi Moshe Isserles) defended the use of chickens as an ancient custom. After the ceremony the chickens are slaughtered by a competent shochet and given to the needy.

Since Israel are confident of G-d’s forgiveness on the coming Yom Kippur, it is customary to wear festive clothing today. It is customary to eat fish at the morning meal. One should avoid eating cheese and milk dishes, eggs, garlic and sesame etc. (to avoid vain emission of seed on Yom Kippur). Men customarily immerse in a mikveh, preferably after midday, in preparation for receiving the holiness of Yom Kippur. The afternoon Minchah service includes the full Vidui (confession). Later in the afternoon it is a mitzvah to eat Seudah Hamafseket, the final meal before the fast, which should consist of light foods. One must cease all eating and drinking shortly before the sunset. The festival candles must be lit before sunset. Prior to leaving the home for the synagogue, parents customarily bless their children with the priestly blessing, adding any other personal blessings they may choose.

Friday night-Saturday 17-18 September / 10 Tishri
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Information about the laws, customs and prayers of Yom Kippur is available in the Yom Kippur Machzor and on Internet.
Yom Kippur is the anniversary of G-d’s complete reconciliation with Israel after forgiving the sin of the golden calf. On this day Moses concluded his third forty-day stay on Mt Sinai and descended with the second Tablets of Stone. Yom Kippur is also the anniversary of the martyrdom of Rabbi Akiva at the hands of the Romans.
Following the breaking the Yom Kippur fast after nightfall on Saturday night, it is customary to begin building the Succah (in order to "go from strength to strength") unless this is impracticable on account of the limited time available prior to the festival of Succot, necessitating an earlier start.

Sunday 19 September / 11 Tishri

Today is called Shem HaShem ("the Name of HaShem", see Likutey Moharan II, 66) since His Name is "completed" through our Yom Kippur repentance and atonement. On this day, immediately following Moses’ final descent from Mount Sinai, he instructed Israel to contribute to the building of the Sanctuary, which is itself a revelation of the Name of G-d. It is appropriate to continue building and preparing the Succah — which is a also sanctuary.

During these days between Yom Kippur and Succot it is necessary to purchase one’s Lulav (1 palm branch), Etrog (1 citron), Hadass (3 myrtle branches) and Aravot (2 willow branches) in preparation for the mitzvah of the Four Kinds on the coming festival, though the Aravot should be procured at the last possible moment before the festival since they dry very quickly. (Keeping them wrapped in a damp cloth or silver paper in the refrigerator may help delay this.)

SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel