Todays eMussar Lesson 15th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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The Festival of Sukkos celebrates the “Time of Our Rejoicing.” This rejoicing refers to the forty years that we dwelt in the desert surrounded – and protected – by the “Clouds of Glory.”

Through these “Clouds of Glory,” HaShem illuminated His light and holiness upon the People of Israel. HaShem dwelt among His nation and His splendorous Presence filled every soul with the highest spiritual delight, i.e., “The Time of Our Rejoicing.”

Each year, during the Festival of Sukkos, HaShem reveals the same holy illumination that shone upon us through the “Clouds of Glory.” As we sit in our Sukkah, the schach (the Sukkah covering,) recreates the Clouds of Glory. The Presence of HaShem dwells amongst us, just as he dwelt amongst the People of Israel in the desert.

May we rejoice in the splendor of HaShem that illuminates upon us in our Sukkah, just as we rejoiced in His presence that emanated from the “Clouds of Glory” when we dwelt in the desert!
[Based on Derech HaShem of the Ramchal]

TODAY: When you sit in the Sukkah rejoice – knowing that HaShem is shining His light upon your soul.

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Daily Dose 15th Tishrei, 5771

The Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Be Within Stay Above

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.

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Keep Smiling, 15th Tishrei, 5771

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

       Four Species

We can do more than hold the four species in our hands over Sukkos. We can hold them in our minds, our imaginings, all year round. More important, we can be them — we can be all that they represent.

As we move through our day, let us be the lulav, a straight offshoot of the luscious date palm. Let us be upright — fair with others, honest with ourselves — doing what is right, and again what is right, and again what is right.

Let us be the hadas, the scented myrtle branch with its handsome, eye-shaped leaves. Let our eyes also be handsome, looking kindly at others, wishing them success, happiness, good health and strength. Let us look to help them where we can — and as much as we can.

Let us be the arava, willow branches with lip-shaped leaves. Let us focus on our lips — so that the words they produce are complimentary, positive, encouraging. Let us use them to enhance our appreciation of the Creator, to speak out Torah wisdom, to communicate with family and friends with insight — that we may beautify our world.

Let us be the esrog, the heart-shaped citron. Let us put heart into all we do, all we view, all we say. Let us live today with heart — in a full, rich way.*

* Based on VaYikra Raba ch.30

Excerpted from “Be a King“.

Have a very happy holiday!

by Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 15th Tishrei, 5771

Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 40
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 38
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 6:4
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 546:3
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Sukkot

Havdalah: 6:11p

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Baal Shem Tov, 15th Tishrei, 5771

Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

The great principle in Divine service and its main point is faith. My grandfather (the Baal Shem Tov) stressed this, for faith is the root of the entire Torah.
(Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Ekev)