Have a wonderful Shabbat! – 17th Kislev, 5773

The Holy One, blessed be He,

said to Moses,

“I have a precious gift

in My treasure house,

called the Sabbath,

and desire to give it to Israel;

go and inform them.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath, 10b)

Welcoming the shabbat!
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Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings – for 17th Kislev, 5773

A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum

THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN

FAITH

Believe in something

It is better to be a fool who believes in everything than to be so clever that you do not believe in anything.

If you believe in everything, some of your beliefs may be foolish but you will also believe in the truth. However, when a person is too clever and does not want to believe in anything, he may begin by ridiculing falsehood and folly but can easily end up so skeptical of everything that he even denies the truth.
Sichot Haran #103

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The Essential Rabbi Nachman

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)
“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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Teachings of the Sages – for 17th Kislev, 5773

The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad

ON THE IMMANENCE OF G-D

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him” (Proverbs 3:6). “The following remark is attributed to Rabbi Pinhas of Koretz: ‘How then is it possible to know G-d in all ways? It is, because when G-d gave the Torah, the whole world was filled with the Torah. Thus there is nothing which did not contain Torah, and this is the meaning of the verse. Whoever says that the Torah is one thing and the profane sphere another is a heretic’” .

Martin Buber’s interpretation of Hasidism, by Gershom G. Scholem, in The Jewish Expression, edited by Judah Goldin, p. 407 (B)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – for 17th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“He and his followers did not wear tefillin during the intermediate days of Pesach [Chol HaMoed] , in conformity with the view of the Zohar and many Rishonim.”
(Imrei Pinchas 751; Shiv’chei Baal Shem Tov 6; Shulchan HaTahor, Hilchas Tefillin 31:1, Ze’er Zahav 1)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, for 17th Kislev, 5773

Killer Judge


A courtroom judge cannot draw a gun from his robes and shoot the accused. Even when he sees where justice lies, he cannot do so. There is a process of law, and if he breaks it, he is a murderer. Certainly then, this is true for us. We cannot murder other people — no matter how much we feel they deserve it.


Is it different then, if we kill them fully, or partially?[1] Whether we murder someone with fifty years to live or fifty seconds to live, we are still killers.

Similarly, to embarrass others, insult them, hurt their feelings, is a form of murder. We may not kill their moment of glory. We may not slaughter their self-esteem. We may not shoot down their hopes for a happy future. We may not put them through a mini-death.

No matter how much others deserve to be punished, we are neither judge nor jury. We may not kill others, even in the smallest way. We must leave this to Higher Powers.

[1] Baba Kama 65a

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Joke of the day – for 17th Kislev, 5773

Morris takes his wife Pearl to Dr. Schwartz for her annual medical. After examining her, Dr. Schwartz has a quiet word with Morris. “Morris”, says the doctor, “I don’t think your wife is looking too good.” “I don’t think she looks good either,” replies Morris, “but she keeps a clean house and is a decent cook… so for that I’m grateful.”

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Limud yomi, for Shabbos 17th Kislev, 5773


Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 59
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  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 24
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  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 34b Halachah 2
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  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 7:1-2
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  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 159:12-14
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  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.131a
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  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Lashon ha’Ra Kelal 10 7-8
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  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Isurei Bi’ah 15

Friday night-Saturday 30 November-1 December / 17 Kislev
Shabbat VAYISHLACH
Torah reading: Gen. 32.4-36.43. Haftara: Obadiah 1.1-21

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Rabbi Nachman’s Teachings – 16th Kislev, 5773

A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum

THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN

FAITH

The world regards faith as something minor, but I consider faith as being of the greatest importance.

The way to faith is through simplicity, without sophistry or philosophy.
Sichot Haran #33

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The Essential Rabbi Nachman

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

This elegant, easy-to-read pocket-size volume is a comprehensive treasury of the most inspirational sayings, profound teachings, parables and stories of the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.

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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)
“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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Teachings of the Sages – 16th Kislev, 5773

The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad

ON THE IMMANENCE OF G-D

R’ Pinchas said: “What is G-d? The totality of souls. Whatever exists in the whole can also be found in the part. So in any one soul, all souls are contained” .

Midrash Pinhas (A), cited in Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters, by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, p. 49 (B)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 16th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov did not cut his hair for the entire period of sefiras ha’omer until erev Shavuos, following the view of the Ari z l.”
(various Chasidic traditions)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 16th Kislev, 5773

Criticism


Don’t criticize — give instructions. If you can’t give instructions, make suggestions. If you can’t make suggestions, keep quiet.


Don’t criticize. Mostly, it makes the other person feel bad. It embarrasses him, and he hates you for this. Even if this leads to the smallest amount of resentment, of bitterness, you don’t want it.

Give instructions. Tell him how to move forward — how to get beyond this moment, how to conclude the project — in a happy way. Help him achieve, succeed — and win the battle against being weak and small.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Joke of the day – 16th Kislev, 5773

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry. A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. “I feel terrible,” he explained. “I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it.” The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to the car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 meters away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 meters, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 meters. The man was astonished. He couldn’t figure out what substance could be in the woman’s spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, ” What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?” The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: ” ‘Hare Spray’ Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave.”

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Daily Torah Quote – 16th Kislev, 5773

Rabbi Yossei would say: The property of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own. Perfect yourself for the study of Torah, for it is not an inheritance to you. And all your deeds should be for the sake of Heaven.
(Avot 2)

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Limud yomi, 16th Kislev, 5773


Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 58
  •  

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 23
  •  

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 34a v’Lo v’Ir
  •  

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 6:3-4
  •  

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 159:9-11
  •  

  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.130b
  •  

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Lashon ha’Ra Kelal 10 5-6
  •  

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Isurei Bi’ah 14
  •  

  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 18

Friday night-Saturday 30 November-1 December / 17 Kislev
Shabbat VAYISHLACH
Torah reading: Gen. 32.4-36.43. Haftara: Obadiah 1.1-21

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Teachings of the Sages – 15th Kislev, 5773

The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad

ON THE IMMANENCE OF G-D

R’ Pinchas said: “A man must go within G-d”.

Likutei Shoshanim, Tshernovitz, 1857, p. 14 (A), cited in New models of the sacred leader at the beginning of Hasidism, by Ron Margolin, in Saints and Role Models in Judaism and Christianity, edited by Joshua Schwartz and Marcel Poorthuis, p. 388 (B)

SOURCE: Two Tzaddiks

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 15th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“If a woman experiences difficulties during childbirth, G-d forbid, her husband should immerse in a mikveh.”
(Sifran Shel Tzaddikim, cited in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Yisro, 14, note 25)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 15th Kislev, 5773

Great Opportunity


The opportunity to give really is an opportunity. Therefore, not only must we train ourselves to say, “It’s a pleasure to help you” — we must also think, “It’s a pleasure to help you.”


An opportunity to help others is a massive opportunity — a gift from the heavens, the secret of our wellbeing — the blessing, goodness and pleasure that enter our lives. It’s a key, a button that opens pipelines of happiness and contentment into our world.

We need almost to be afraid to let such an opportunity pass by. Then, even if we can’t give a full gift, we will give a partial gift. Even if we can’t give a large gift, we will give a small gift. And above all, we will give what we give with a smile, a kind word and a prayer for the well-being of those who receive our gift.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Joke of the day – 15th Kislev, 5773

A young man learning in Yeshiva is engaged to a wonderful young lady from wealthy home. The father is upset. How is this guy going to make a living? So he takes him into his office to interview him while the mother and the future bride wait nervously outside. The father says, “How do you intend to make a living?” “G-d will provide,” answers the young man. “Well, my daughter’s needs are great; she was brought up that way.” “G-d will provide,” comes the reply. “How about a house? She needs a big house.” “G-d will provide.””How about clothes? She’s used to expensive, elegant dressing.” “G-d will provide.” The father comes out of the interview and the mother and daughter anxiously inquire, “So what do you think?” “Why, he’s a very fine young man. He thinks I’m G-d!”

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