Teachings of the Sages – 13th Kislev, 5773

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


“Rebbe R’ Pinchas spoke of the physical reality of millions of parallel worlds, long before it meant anything in physics or math. There is a word from him where he says that he believes with full faith that there are worlds that are now at every stage of creation, including some where the Maamad Har Sinai (Reception of the Torah) is happening right now”.

Per Yosher Dovor, personal communication, 5/20/2008

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 13th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov counted the first night of the omer in the synagogue after the evening prayer service, not after the second seder meal. [However, the Maggid of Mezeritch did so after the seder.]
(Kedushas Aharon-Komama; Beis Rizhin)

SOURCE: Baal Shem Tov Foundation

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 13th Kislev, 5773

A Paradise

How can we turn this world into a paradise for others?

We can help them, bodily or with money — however conditions permit us to help them. We can praise and encourage them, boost and inspire them — at every opportunity. We can pray for them, beg the Creator to send them happiness and success — one more time.

Why should we do this? What do we profit from this? We gain a new attitude towards others, an attitude that makes our lives more pleasant and pleasurable, more exciting and energizing. Thus, even if we don’t succeed in converting this world into a real paradise for others, we do convert it into a paradise for ourselves.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 13th Kislev, 5773

A Jewish grandmother is babysitting her grandson at the beach. He has a pail and shovel and is digging in the sand on the ocean’s edge. Suddenly a gigantic wave rolls in from the ocean, scoops up the child with his pail and shovel, and sweeps them out to sea. The horrified grandmother shrieks in horror and starts pleading with G-d: “Please, please, my grandson, save him, you’re a merciful G-d, he is only a child, etc. etc.” Another wave comes in from the ocean and deposits the little boy with his pail and shovel exactly where he was before. The grandmother looks him over with great relief and then she yells at G-d: “Where is his hat? He had a hat!!”


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Daily Torah Quote – 13th Kislev, 5773

Rabbi Yochanan said to them: Go and see which is the worst trait, the one that a person should most distance himself from. Said Rabbi Eliezer: An evil eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: An evil friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: An evil neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To borrow and not to repay; for one who borrows from man is as one who borrows from the Almighty, as is stated, “The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives” (Psalms 37:21). Said Rabbi Elazar: An evil heart. Said he to them: I prefer the word of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours.
(Avot 2)


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Limud yomi, 13th Kislev, 5773

Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 55
  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 20
  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 5:2-3
  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 158:13 – 159:2
  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Lashon ha’Ra Kelal 9 5-6
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 15
  • Torah Portion – Parshiot: Vayishlach

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