Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 8th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“Our master, the Baal Shem Tov, had a well-built, warm succah.”
(Kovetz Lubavitch 5, Sichas Chol HaMoed Succos 5706)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 7th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“He would recite the entire evening Kiddush for Shabbos (and Yom Tov) while standing. Also, he recited the version of the Ari z l, which contains seventy words.”
(Various Chasidic traditions)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 6th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“Beginning with the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul, the Baal Shem Tov would recite three chapters of Tehillim every day and conclude the remaining chapters after the final prayers of Yom Kippur.”
(Sefer HaMinhagim Chabad)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 5th Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Maggid [of Mezeritch] taught: The Baal Shem Tov often used to say that love of the Jewish people is the same thing as love of G-d. The verse states, You are children unto the Lord, your G-d. When one loves the father, one loves the children.”
(HaYom Yom, p. 81)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 1st Teves, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov taught: Wherever a person puts his thoughts, there is the whole man.”
(Kesser Shem Tov 56)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 29th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov instructed his followers to immerse in a mikveh every erev Shabbos [and erev Yom Tov] as well as before praying on Shabbos morning.”
(Sefer HaSichos 5702, cited in Sefer HaMinhagim Chabad; Siddur HaAri of Rabbi Shabbbsai of Rashkov)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 28th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

Ahavas Yisrael [love of the Jewish people] is the first gate which leads to the courtyard of the Creator.”
(Likkutei Dibburim II, p. 412)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 27th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov was particular to put on his tefillin at the beginning of the prayer service, prior to reciting the first paragraph of Shema and Korbanos [sacrificial offerings].”
(Pe’er L’Yesharim 78; Ta’amei HaMinhagim, Birchos HaShachar)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 23rd Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“He was accustomed to begin the prayers of Kabbalas Shabbos in the early afternoon.”
(Mishmeres Shalom 26; Shiv’chei Baal Shem Tov 212; Adas Tzaddikim)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 22nd Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“Before going to sleep, one should contemplate that his consciousness is returning to the Holy One, blessed be He, in order to be strengthened anew in Divine service.”
(Tzava’as HaRivash 22)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 21st Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“On Hoshana Rabbah, the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov would come to him to discuss any questions of unusual difficulty, for at that time his mind was exceptionally lucid, and he could see from one end of the earth to the other.”
(Netzer Chesed)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 20th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The holy Rabbi Yisrael, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, said in the name of the Baal Shem Tov that one should not wish another person l’chayim over beer.”
(Sifran Shel Tzaddikim 1:8, cited in Sefer Baal Shem Tov, Pekudei, 3)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – for 19th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“It was the custom of the Baal Shem Tov to recite the Hashanah supplications immediately after Hallel.”
(Rabbanei Medzhibuzh)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 10th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov once said, If the Jewish people would sanctify themselves with Torah and mitzvos, they would continually hear the voice of G-d speaking as from Mount Sinai.
(Kesser Torah)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 9th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov taught: When one recounts the praises of the Tzaddikim, it is as if he engages in the mysteries of the Ma’aseh Merkavah.”
(Shiv’chei Baal Shem Tov 158)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 8th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The holy Baal Shem Tov used to celebrate the eighth night of Chanukah together with his disciples. After lighting the candles, they would sing and dance and then share a festive meal.”
(Sippurei Baal Shem Tov)

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