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Parshas Netzavim - Rishon with Rashi

This week is one of the shortest parshios of the year — just the parsha of Netzavim! When the first day of Rosh Hashana falls out on Monday or Tuesday, Parshas Netzavim and Vayeilech are read separately instead of together.

Now, it is Zayin Adar, the day Moshe will pass away.

Moshe Rabbeinu is talking to the Yidden about making a promise with Hashem, to keep the mitzvos.

He tells the Yidden that EVERYONE is ready to make the promise, from the Nesiim to every Yid — men, women and children, and even the slaves (the woodchoppers and the water carriers) of the Yidden. They are all ready to make the promise with Hashem to keep all the mitzvos.



104 - 105

Today’s kapitelach are Kuf-Daled and Kuf-Hey. We say another three kapitelach for Chodesh Elul: Samach-Alef, Samach-Beis, and Samach-Gimmel.

In today’s first Kapitel, Dovid Hamelech tells us about how amazing the world is, and how Hashem made everything just perfect!

The second posuk says, “Oteh Or KaSalma” — “Hashem puts on light, like clothes.”

When someone is wearing clothes, we can only see the clothes, but we know who is wearing them!

And when we see light, like the sun, we can remember that it’s like Hashem’s clothes! Even though we can’t see Hashem, Hashem is there! That will help us have Yiras Shomayim.

There is also a Ruchnius kind of light: When we learn Torah, it gives light to our Neshama! And this light is ALSO Hashem’s “clothes.” When we think about this, it helps us learn Torah properly — with Yiras Shomayim.



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Tes-Vov

Now here are some examples of how we can use the kochos of our neshama called Mochin — the way we think — to live the way a Yid should:

Chochma: When a Yid learns Torah and chassidus and starts to think about it.

Binah: Taking what we learned and finding examples, so that it becomes more real, comparing it to other things we know and trying to figure out what is the real point of what we learned.

Daas: Making it personal, so that we feel excited about what we learned.

We saw in this letter how every Yid can learn about Hashem and how to have a chayus in Yiddishkeit from the kochos in our Neshama. We also know now that the kochos of our neshama can be used to help us understand a little bit of the Sefiros of Hashem!



Chof-Alef Elul

In today’s Hayom Yom, we learn where every Yid gets the koach to have Mesiras Nefesh for Yiddishkeit!

Especially right now, right before Moshiach comes, we all have a Shlichus — to get ourselves and the Yidden around us excited about Yiddishkeit and to get ready for Moshiach.

We all have the koach to have Mesiras Nefesh for our Shlichus. Where do we get this koach?

Avraham Avinu was the first one to have Mesiras Nefesh for HIS Shlichus — teaching everyone in the world that Hashem is one. Because of this, Hashem gave him a present — that all of his children will have Emunah in Hashem and the koach to have Mesiras Nefesh for their Shlichus!

We, the Yidden, are Avraham Avinu’s children, so WE get this special present!



Shiur #76 - Mitzvas Asei #212

Today’s Sefer Hamitzvos is the same as yesterday’s (Mitzvas Asei #212): That a man has a mitzvah to have children.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Bereishis: פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ

The details are explained in Mesechta Yevamos perek Vov.



Hilchos Ishus

In today’s Rambam, the last three perakim of Hilchos Ishus, we learn about a woman who doesn’t listen to her husband when he tells her not to spend time by herself with a certain man. She is called a Sotah, and has to drink bitter water that tests her to see if she did something wrong. We will learn all the halachos about this IY”H in Hilchos Sotah, later in Rambam.

Yidden are like Hashem’s wife. Hashem gave us mitzvos, and doesn’t want us to act in a different way. We need to make sure we keep the Torah and mitzvos so that we can get all of the brachos from Hashem!



Hilchos Bikurim - Perek Alef

There are 24 presents that belong to the kohanim. Eight of these presents can only be eaten by the kohanim in the Beis Hamikdash, and five others can only be eaten inside Yerushalayim! In these perakim, we will learn halachos about these presents that we didn’t learn about already in other parts of the Rambam.




In the year Tof-Shin-Lamed-Daled (1974), the Rebbe gave a special hora’ah about Selichos:

In Selichos, we ask Hashem for a good and sweet year. That’s a kind of Tefillah. We should make sure that our Selichos doesn’t just have Tefillah — it should have Torah and Tzedakah too!

How do we do that? Before we say Selichos, we should learn a part of Torah. One good maamar is the Alter Rebbe’s maamarLecha Hashem Hatzedakah.” (This maamar is printed in the front of many Chabad Selichos books.) If we can’t learn the whole maamar, it is enough to just do the first and last part.

After we learn, we should also give tzedakah before we actually say Selichos. This way, we have Torah (what we learned), Tzedakah (that we gave), and then Tefillah (the Selichos)!

We shouldn’t only do this the first time we say Selichos, on Motzei Shabbos — we should do this EVERY day of Selichos!

Sichos Kodesh 5734, vol. 2, p. 435; Shulchan Menachem vol. 3, p. 80

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Oseh Hashalom

At the end of Shemoneh Esrei, we ask Hashem to make shalom in Shomayim and for all of the Yidden. We say, “Oseh Shalom Bimromav,” “He makes shalom in the high places!”

In the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, we change these words a little bit. We say Oseh HAshalom instead of Oseh Shalom.

Saying Hashalom (THE peace) instead of Shalom (peace) doesn’t seem to change the meaning of what we are saying. So why do we change it?

This is a hint to ask for a good and sweet year!

There is a special malach in the Beis Din Shel Maalah, whose job it is to write down the names of Yidden in the Sefer HaChayim, the Book of Life. The Gematria of this malach’s name is the same as the Gematria of the word “Hashalom!” By changing the word to Hashalom, we are asking that this malach should write down our name too.

In Kaddish in Shul, we also change to Hashalom. But not in bentching. The Rebbe once asked the Frierdiker Rebbe about it, and was told that we don’t say Hashalom in bentching.

See Otzar Minhagei Chabad Rosh Hashana, os Kuf-Vov and Kuf-Samach



Sleeping on Rosh Hashana

The Gemara says that if somebody sleeps on Rosh Hashana, his mazel will sleep.

Because of this, we try not to sleep during the day on Rosh Hashana.

The minhag is not to take a nap during the day, and to wake up as early as possible in the morning, to be up during the daytime.

Wasting time is also considered like sleeping, so we try to spend all of our free time saying Tehillim!

The Arizal says that after Chatzos during the day, after the Tefillos and Tekiyas Shofar, it is not as serious. So if someone is very tired and needs a nap, it is best to do it after Chatzos.

See the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch, siman Tof-Kuf-Pey-Gimmel se’if ches

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



The First Place in Torah

When the Rambam teaches (in the last two perakim of the whole Mishnah Torah) about Moshiach, he brings sources from the Torah that teach us about the Geulah.

The first place in Torah where the Geulah is talked about clearly is in this week’s Chumash, Parshas Netzavim!

וְשָׁב ה׳ אֱלֹקֶיךָ אֶת שְׁבוּתְךָ וְרִחֲמֶךָ וְשָׁב וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים ... אִם יִהְיֶה נִדַּחֲךָ בִּקְצֵה הַשָּׁמָיִם מִשָּׁם יְקַבֶּצְךָ ה׳ אֱלֹקֶיךָ ... וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ ה׳ אֱלֹקֶיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ

Hashem promises that He will take all of the Yidden out of Golus, and bring them back to Eretz Yisroel!

The Rambam tells us that these words, which are written clearly in the Torah, include in them all of the things about the Geulah which were said by the Neviim later on.

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