Teachings of the Sages – 14th Kislev, 5773

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


R’ Pinchas said: “‘If a man fulfills the commandments of the Torah, such as the commandment of the phylacteries, and says the formula prescribed by the Kabbalists, namely, “In the name of all Israel [I am doing this]” then he lifts up the whole universe to its “root” above, for the world is really G-d Himself, like the locust whose clothing is part of its own self [i.e. its own wings garb its body]. Therefore, he annihilates [by his action] the [outward] existence of the whole universe. And if we see that in spite of all this the world is still there, it is because the vital energy of G-d is always active and the world is incessantly renewed.’ In contrast, then, to classical Kabbalistic theurgy, where mitzvot  transform the G-dhead’s inner state, for Hasidism, mitzvot transform the worshipper’s field of vision”

Midrash Pinhas, 1872, 9b, 60 (A), cited in Devekut, or communion with G-d, by Gershom Scholem, in Essential Papers on Hasidism: Origins to Present, edited by Gershon David Hundert, p. 296 (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 14th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezeritch were both accustomed to lead the minyan in reciting the blessing and counting the sefiras ha’omer in the synagogue.”
(Koyetz Lubavitch 11, Sichos 20, Kislev 5706)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 14th Kislev, 5773

In a Mirror

How do you look into a mirror? Do you smile — say “hi”? Do you pull a face? Do you inspect your reflection with care, straighten an eyebrow, pull back a curl? Do you quickly look away?

In any event, we all have a certain pleasure from seeing ourselves in a mirror. We recognize the face in the glass, and are glad that it’s there.

We need, then, to do the same thing with other people. We need to look at them as though we were looking in a mirror. For, in them we may see a reflection of all that lies within us.

To look at others as we look at ourselves is to look at the world through very different eyes. Moreover, it helps us in many different ways. It frees us from jealousies, angers, resentments. And it shows us how we may love life with a new energy.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 14th Kislev, 5773

Baron Rothschild comes to Israel and visits the Kotel. An unusually colored piece of paper stuck in the Wall catches his eye. He takes out the note and reads it. It’s a plea to G-d: “Please, it’s urgent, my child is getting married. I need $100,000.” The note includes the circumstances, the pleas, and even the address. The Baron is moved and he drives to the man’s home and gives him a check for a $10,000. The next time he’s at the Kotel he notices the same type of paper. Curious, he takes out the note and reads it. “Dear G-d, thank you very much for sending the $10,000. I really appreciate Your help. But why did you send it with Baron Rothschild. He takes 90% commission!”


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Daily Torah Quote – 14th Kislev, 5773

Rabbi Eliezer would say: The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own, and do not be easy to anger. Repent one day before your death. Warm yourself by the fire of the sages, but be beware lest you be burned by its embers; for their bite is the bite of a fox, their sting is the sting of a scorpion, their hiss is the hiss a serpent, and all their words are like fiery coals.
(Avot 2)


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Limud yomi, 14th Kislev, 5773

Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Elena Flerova

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 56

  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 21

  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos yesterday’s Daf until Daf 33a the end of the Perek

  • Mishnah Yomis: Sotah 5:4-5

  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 159:3-5

  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Lashon ha’Ra Kelal 10 1-2

  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Isurei Bi’ah 12

  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 16

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

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