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Parshas Tzav - Shvi'i with Rashi

Moshe Rabbeinu sprinkled some of the Shemen Hamish’cha (“anointing oil”) on Aharon and the kohanim, along with some of the blood from the korban. This made them holy enough to work in the Mishkan!

Moshe told them to eat the meat of the korban inside of the courtyard of the Mishkan, because it is very holy and can’t be eaten outside.

The kohanim are not allowed to leave the Mishkan, because this needs to be done again every day for the whole seven days (Shivas Yemei Hamiluim, the inauguration of the Mishkan).



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In the kapitelach we are saying now, there is a niggun for each kapitel! Chassidim composed these niggunim in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday.

One of the niggunim is “Vaanachnu Amcha Vetzon Marisecha.” “And we, Your nation, and the sheep of Your flock, will thank You forever. We will speak about Your praise in every generation!”

We thank Hashem for the special zechus to be His nation!



Likutei Amarim Perek Lamed-Zayin

We all need to work together so that the whole world will be ready for Moshiach. Every part of the world needs to get a chance to show how it can help a Yid serve Hashem!

When we use things in the world to do mitzvos — like eating kosher food, or playing nicely with toys, and using every part of our house and where we live for mitzvos — all of us together will make sure that everywhere in the world gets a turn!

That way, the WHOLE WORLD will be ready!



Tes-Zayin Adar Sheini

A person who has a business has a very hard job! Not just the work he does, but he has a hard job in his Avodas Hashem. He is never sure when he will get more money to buy food and clothes for his family. But a Yid can’t walk around being worried all the time! A Yid needs to have bitachon.

Did you ever take an important test in school that you weren’t sure you did well on? How did you feel while you were waiting to find out? You were probably very nervous.

Now, how did you feel when you found out that you did just great? You probably felt so relieved and happy!

Bitachon is feeling that same kind of happiness — even BEFORE you find out what grade you got on the test! You are so sure that Hashem will help, that you aren’t even a little worried! You’re just happy and confident because Hashem will FOR SURE make things work out fantastic.

A businessman has to have this kind of bitachon all the time! Even though he doesn’t know where the money is coming from, he has to walk around happy — just as if he already had the money in his pocket!



Shiur #204 - Mitzvas Asei #113

Today’s mitzvah is the same as yesterday’s:

2) (Mitzvas Asei #113) It is a mitzvah to prepare the Parah Adumah so its ashes can be used to make Yidden Tahor from Tumas Meis. There is a whole mesechta of Mishnayos that deals with the dinim of Parah Adumah, called Mesechta Parah.



Hilchos Parah Adumah

In today's Rambam, we learn more about getting the Parah Adumah ready:

Perek Hey: We learn who becomes tomei from working on burning the Parah Adumah. (They don’t get Tumas Meis, but they are tomei for a day and need to go to the mikvah before they can go back into the Beis Hamikdash.)

Perek Vov: This perek explains where we can get the water to mix with the ashes of the Parah Adumah.

Perek Zayin: The Rambam teaches us that the water has to be brought for the right reason — if someone brings the water because they get paid, it isn’t kosher.



Hilchos Korban Pesach - Perek Ches

We eat the Korban Pesach together with matzah and maror. We are only allowed to prepare it by roasting, and we can eat it only at night.



Ad D'lo Yada

One year at a Purim farbrengen, the Rebbe explained a beautiful way to understand Ad D’lo Yada:

Ad D’lo Yada” means that on Purim we are supposed to feel that we can’t tell the difference between Arur Haman and Boruch Mordechai.

The Rebbe tells us that there are Yidden that are “Arur Haman” type of Yidden, Yidden that are busy with things that are “arur,” cursed. These are things that are asur or not appropriate for a Yid.

There are also “Boruch Mordechai” Yidden, who grew up with Yiddiskeit and learn a lot of Torah and do many mitzvos.

When we are working on strengthening Yiddishkeit, we need to work with BOTH kinds of Yidden! We need to work with the Arur Haman kinds of Yidden and help them do mitzvos properly, and we need to make sure that the Boruch Mordechai Yidden keep growing in their Yiddishkeit.

We need to be so busy helping BOTH kinds of Yidden, that in the end, we have Ad D’lo Yada! In the end, we shouldn’t be able to tell which one we helped more!


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How Davening Changes Our Day

The Alter Rebbe explains what the Chachomim say — that a person who is davening has to have his heart above and his eyes below! (“Hamispalel Tzorich Sheyihiyeh Libo Lemaala Ve’einav Lematah.”)

The Alter Rebbe says it means that even when he feels close and connected to Hashem, he still needs to remember the way he is during the regular things he does.

The Rebbe teaches us that this means practically that a person can’t walk away from davening only feeling inspired and Ruchniyus’dik. We ALSO need to use the time of davening to make general hachlatos for the day about how we should act in our “regular” work, like eating and exercise and playing and working.

Then, later in the day, we can think about what we’re doing, and if we’re acting the way we decided we would during davening.

Sichas Tes-Vov Shevat, 5739



Halachos of Pesach

The Alter Rebbe writes in Shulchan Aruch that in the times of the Beis Hamikdash, the Yidden who gave drashos in public would start teaching the halachos of a Yom Tov 30 days before. For example, from Purim on, they started to teach the halachos of Pesach.

Even after the Churban of the Beis Hamikdash, this didn’t change! Every Chochom would teach his students the halachos of Yom Tov, starting 30 days before. This way they would know what to do.

Nowadays, we don’t need Chachomim to teach everyone. It’s all written down in seforim! Every person now has the achrayus to learn the halachos starting from 30 days before Yom Tov, so we know them well and know exactly what to do.

Here is one halacha:

Starting from today, we should start being careful with chometz. We should make sure that we don’t make sticky or big chometz messes that will be hard to clean for Pesach.

See the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch, siman Tof-Chof-Tes, and Shevach Hamoadim Hilchos Pesach

לעילוי נשמת הרה״ח ר׳ דניאל יצחק ע״ה בן ר׳ אפרים שי׳ מאסקאוויץ
שליח כ"ק אדמו"ר נשיא דורנו למדינת אילינוי



It's OUR Job to Bring Moshiach!

During the times of the previous Rebbeim, they didn’t talk very often about how every Yid’s mitzvah can bring Moshiach. Even when the Rebbe first became Rebbe, it wasn’t talked about so much.

But now, the Rebbe is talking about Moshiach all the time! And the Rebbe is talking about Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach too! Why the change?

The Rebbe explained that it used to be that the Rebbe of each time felt the achrayus to bring Moshiach, and by the Chassidim having hiskashrus, they helped the Rebbe do the job.

But nowadays we don’t have as much hiskashrus as Chassidim used to have. So now it’s not enough for just the Rebbe to feel the achrayus, EVERY Yid has to feel the responsibility to bring the Geulah!

We all need to remember what the Rambam paskens, that every mitzvah we do helps not only the Yid who is doing it, but can tip the scale for the whole world and bring Moshiach!

See Purim 5747

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