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Chamishi with Rashi

The parsha in Chumash which we are learning now goes back to tell us what happened on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the day the Mishkan was put up.

For seven days, Moshe Rabbeinu put up the Mishkan and took it down every day. On this day, Moshe puts up the Mishkan one last time. (Now it will stay built until the Yidden have to travel. Then the kohanim will take it down, and they will carry it to the next place Hashem wants them to be. They put it up again to use in the place where they stop.)

Last time, when Moshe asked for people to bring gold and other things to make the Mishkan, the Nesiim waited. Now they saw they made a mistake, and so they brought their presents now FIRST.

The Nesiim joined together and brought 6 covered wagons and 12 oxen to be used to carry the Mishkan from place to place. At first Moshe wasn’t sure he should take them, but Hashem told him to give these wagons to the Leviim.

Moshe gave 2 wagons to the family of Gershon to carry the curtains, and the other 4 wagons to the family of Merari, since the boards of the Mishkan, carried by Merari, were much heavier. He didn’t give any to the family of Kehos, because they were in charge of the parts of the Mishkan that had to be carried by hand, like the Aron and the Menorah.

The Nesiim also wanted to bring korbanos for their whole Shevet. Hashem told Moshe that they should bring them one day at a time, in the order they camp in the Midbar.

The first one to bring his korban was Nachshon ben Aminadav, from Shevet Yehudah. He paid for the whole thing himself, even though it was a korban from his whole Shevet.

There were five parts of his korban. They were:

1) A silver bowl (that weighs 130 shekel) and one silver sprinkling bowl (that weighs 70 shekel), full of flour mixed with oil (for a Korban Mincha)
The Gematrias of these bowls hint to Adam and Noach.

2) A gold spoon (that weighs 10 shekel) full of Ketores
This hints to the Torah and Mitzvos.

3) His nicest bull, ram, and lamb (for a Korban Olah)
These hint to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov.

4) One young goat for a Korban Chatas (in case someone became tomei by mistake and then came into the Mishkan)
This hints to Yosef.

5) 2 oxen, 5 rams, 5 goats, and 5 lambs for a Korban Shelamim.
These hint to the Kohanim, Leviim, and Yisraelim; and also to Torah, Neviim and Kesuvim.

All of the Nesiim brought the same Korbanos, because they all wanted to show how special it is that we got the Torah and can bring korbanos to Hashem!

But they also each were thinking about different kavanos when they brought their Korbanos. That’s why the Torah says EACH Nasi’s present again, even though they are all the same!

Here is the order they brought their korbanos:

Alef NisanNasi of Shevet Yehudah: Nachshon ben Aminadav
Beis NisanNasi of Shevet Yissachar: Nesanel ben Tzuar
Gimmel NisanNasi of Shevet Zevulun: Eliav ben Chelon
Daled NisanNasi of Shevet Reuven: Elitzur ben Shedeiur
Hey NisanNasi of Shevet Shimon: Shlumiel ben Tzurishadai

We learn the rest of the Nesiim’s presents tomorrow.



55- 59

Today’s Tehillim has the posukPadah Beshalom Nafshi,” where Dovid Hamelech says that he won his fights and was free in the zechus of the people that davened for him.

The Gemara says that this posuk is also talking about how the Shechinah and the Yidden are freed from Golus, when Moshiach comes!



Shaar Hayichud Veha'emunah Perek Gimmel

Yesterday, the Alter Rebbe told us that there are some people who make a big mistake. They think that Hashem created the world and then went away, and the world just stays by itself! The Alter Rebbe explained how come they made the mistake, and why it’s wrong! We learned how the chayus of Hashem (from the Alef-Beis in Torah) gives chayus every moment to every part of the world.

The world can’t just stay by itself! Hashem has to give it chayus all the time so it will exist. That makes sense… but we can’t see it.

When we look around, we see Gashmius. We see things that look like they are alive on their own. It doesn’t look like it needs a constant chayus from Hashem!

Hashem doesn’t allow our eyes to see the truth. If Hashem did let our eyes see it, we would look around at the world and see something completely different! We would just see the chayus that Hashem is giving to it every moment — and we would not see the Gashmius thing at all!



Yud Sivan

The Alter Rebbe once told a chossid in Yechidus how to make his neshama shine:

Yidden are called oil candles. A candle has a container to hold the oil, oil, a wick, and a flame. It can’t shine until the flame is lit!

The Alter Rebbe told this Chossid, “You have a good candle. But you need to light the flame!”

How do you “light” your “candle”? The Yetzer Hara is like a special kind of stone called a flint stone. It can make a fire when it is hit hard against another stone. Similarly, when you hit your Yetzer Hara, it makes a spark of fire! That little spark kindles the fire of Hashem and makes the neshama shine.



Mitzvas Asei #109

Today we will learn the same mitzvah again, (Mitzvas Asei #109), since our Rambam is still about the same thing — becoming Tahor by using a mikvah.



Hilchos Mikvaos

In today’s Rambam, we learn about what makes a Mikvah posul.

Perek Hey: Water that comes from a keili and not from rainwater is called Mayim She’uvim. If there is too much Mayim She’uvim in a mikvah, it is posul! This perek tells us about different ways that Mayim She’uvim could come into a Mikvah and make it posul.

Perek Vov: We learn the halachos about what type of keili makes that water shouldn’t be counted as rain water anymore. Some types of pipes are not counted as a keili, since they aren’t made to HOLD water, just that water should go through them.

Perek Zayin: When things fall into a mikvah, they can sometimes help make a mikvah kosher, or sometimes make it posul. If something falls in that changes the color of the water, it makes the mikvah posul. But if snow or salt fall in, they can count as part of the 40 se’ah we need to have a kosher mikvah! Juice doesn’t count for the 40 se’ah, but it doesn’t make the mikvah posul either.



Hilchos Gerushin - Perek Tes

Today the Rambam teaches us the halachos of a get where the condition is that it doesn’t count until a certain time.



Writing Chiddushei Torah

In past generations, Chassidim were careful not to share or write the way they understood things in Torah. They were afraid that maybe their own thoughts were not the true meaning of the Torah. They were also worried that talking about things they figured out in Torah would make them feel too proud of themselves.

The Rebbe told us that in our times, we should write down and share our own understanding of the Torah. By sharing these thoughts, it will bring more chayus into learning Torah, for ourselves and for others. This is something that we definitely need!

That is the reason why nowadays we need to write down our Chiddushei Torah.


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Davening Without Tachanun

Like we learned before, we don’t say Tachanun from the beginning of Sivan until the end of the Yemei Tashlumin, on Yud-Beis Sivan.

Here are some things we do differently in Shacharis when we don’t say Tachanun:

- In Korbanos, there are 4 paragraphs we don’t say.

- Usually, when we say Slach Lanu in Shmoneh Esrei, we bang our fist on our chest by the words “Chotono” and “Foshonu.” When we don’t say Tachanun, we don’t do this.

- We don’t say Tachanun after Shmoneh Esrei — including the longer Tachanun on Mondays or Thursdays

- We don’t say Kapitel Chof after the second Ashrei. The Frierdiker Rebbe said that on days we don’t say Kapitel Chof in davening, we should say it before the daily Tehillim

- We don’t say “Tefillah Ledovid” before the Shir Shel Yom

We also say Shir Hamaalos instead of Al Naharos Bavel before bentching.

Tachanun is where we ask Hashem to forgive our Aveiros. On days we don’t say Tachanun, it means Hashem is ready to overlook our Aveiros even without us asking!




When we hear someone else sneeze, we should say “Asusa” (which means “Tzu Gezunt,” or “Labriyut”). This is a bracha that the person should be healthy.

The person who sneezed answers, “Boruch Tihiyeh,” you should be bentched.

He then says, “Lishuas’cha Kivisi Hashem,” I hope for Your yeshuah, Hashem. Since he just davened to Hashem by bentching his friend with Boruch Tihiyeh, he asks Hashem that he should be answered first. Like the Chachomim teach us, when someone davens for another person, he is answered first.

See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 61:5

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



Seeing the Chayus of Hashem

We learned in Tanya today that we can’t see the chayus of Hashem in everything in the world.

It is interesting that now, as we get closer to Moshiach, scientists are starting to see that even things that don’t move, like rocks, really have a lot of chayus inside of them. If you look at a rock with a very strong microscope, you can see that it is made of atoms that really are moving around! Still, we can’t see how it’s all made of the chayus of Hashem through the letters of the Alef-Beis — but soon, when Moshiach comes, we will see that too!

Yeshaya HaNavi says that when Moshiach comes, our eyes will be allowed to see how everything exists only with Hashem’s chayus!

וְנִגְלָה כְּבוֹד ה׳ וְרָאוּ כָל בָּשָׂר יַחְדָּו כִּי פִּי ה׳ דִּבֵּר

Venigla Kevod Hashem — When Moshiach comes, Hashem’s kavod will be revealed

Vera’u Chol Basar Yachdav — And everyone will be able to see together

Ki Pi Hashem Diber — That it was Hashem Who said these words of comfort, since they happened!

Chassidus explains that the words “Ki Pi Hashem Diber” can also mean that everyone will see that it is the words of Hashem that constantly give chayus to the world and make it exist!

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