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Parshas Beshalach - Chamishi with Rashi

After Kriyas Yam Suf, the Yidden started to travel in the Midbar.

The Yidden came to a place called Eilim. There they found twelve springs of water, and 70 date trees. They camped there near the water. Rashi tells us that Hashem put the springs of water there to hint to the twelve Shevatim, and the 70 date trees were there in connection with the 70 Zekeinim.

One month after they got out of Mitzrayim, the Yidden ran out of matzah. They complained to Moshe and Aharon that they had no food — instead of trusting in Hashem or asking nicely. They wanted to have bread and meat!

Even though Hashem wasn’t happy with how the Yidden asked, He told Moshe that He will send mahn for the Yidden to eat! It will fall down from Shomayim every day in the morning, except on Shabbos. On Friday they will have to take a DOUBLE portion of mahn, so they will have enough for Friday AND Shabbos.

Moshe also told the Yidden that Hashem didn’t like the Yidden’s complaining. Hashem would give them bread in the morning, and today they will also get Slav bird meat in the afternoon. Since bread is something that is a real need, Hashem will give it in the morning which is a better time to get it, and in a more respectful way. The meat they will get in the afternoon, and not in as a respectful way.

He told them that soon Hashem wants to talk to them about it! All of the Yidden gathered together, and they saw how Hashem was ready to speak to Moshe from inside a cloud.



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Today’s Tehillim is Samach through Samach-Hey.

In Kapitel Samech-Alef, Dovid Hamelech asks Hashem for something very special: “Yomim Al Yemei Melech Tosif” — “Hashem should add days to the days of the king.” Dovid Hamelech was asking Hashem that he should live for a long time.

The Zohar says that when a person is born, Hashem decides how long they will live. If they have a special zechus, Hashem will make them live even longer! This is what Dovid Hamelech was asking from Hashem — that he should have the zechus to live extra-long.

Since EVERY Yid is like a king (“Kol Yisroel Bnei Melochim Heim”), Dovid Hamelech was also asking for ALL Yidden to live a long time!

See Tehillim with Pirush Tehilas Menachem, kapitel Samach-Alef



Likutei Amarim Perek Chof

We learned how the strong love in all of us, the Ahava Mesuteres, wakes up. It gets scared when it feels like it may become separated from Hashem! Usually this happens for something very big, like someone threatening a Yid to stop being Jewish.

The Alter Rebbe will show us now how we can wake up the Ahava Mesuteres to get us to do ANY mitzvah, no matter how hard, and stop us from doing ANY aveira, no matter how “small!”

First, the Alter Rebbe helps us understand that missing a chance to do a mitzvah, or doing even a small aveira, is also denying our Yiddishkeit. It’s the Yetzer Hara that convinces us that there is a difference between something big and something small, when really EVERY aveira separates a Yid from Hashem.

Every mitzvah is included in the first two of the Aseres Hadibros, the “big” mitzvos of believing in Hashem.

(The first of the Aseres Hadibros is “Anochi Hashem Elokecha!” “I am Hashem!” The meforshim teach us that all of the mitzvos ASEI (the ones we DO) come from this mitzvah.

The second of the Aseres Hadibros is “Lo Yihiyeh Lecha Elokim Acheirim” “You shouldn’t have any other ‘G-d’s’.” All of the mitzvos LO SASEI (the mitzvos we keep by NOT doing something) come from this mitzvah. (This is why we heard only the first two of the Aseres Hadibros from Hashem — because really it’s like hearing all of them!)

Both of these mitzvos are talking about believing in Hashem and nothing else. How does that include every mitzvah? The Alter Rebbe will show us!)

To understand this properly, we need an introduction. First we need to understand in short what “Achdus Hashem” means — how Hashem is everything.

The first thing we need to know is what we say in davening every morning, “Ata Hu Ad Shelo Nivra Ha’olam, Ata Hu Mishenivra Ha’olam.” Hashem is the same, there is no change in Hashem, before or after the world was created. We will IY”H see more about this later.



Yud-Alef Shevat

Every day, we start our day with Modeh Ani. We say this even before washing our hands — when they are still tomei!

Nothing in the world can make the Modeh Ani of a Yid tomei — there is a part of our neshama that is connected to Hashem no matter what we do.

The Rebbe used this Hayom Yom as an example to show what the WHOLE inyan of Chassidus is, in Kuntres Inyana Shel Toras Hachassidus.



Shiur #214 - Mitzvas Asei #100

Today’s mitzvah (Mitzvas Asei #100) is about the kind of Tumah that a woman gets when she has a baby, called Tumas Yoledes. These are the halachos about how she can make other people or things tomei, which was kept when we had a Beis Hamikdash, since someone tomei is not allowed to go into the Beis Hamikdash or eat from the korbanos!



Hilchos Metamei Mishkav U'Moshav

In today’s Rambam, we learn more about Tumah coming from a person with certain kinds of “body” Tumah:

Perek Daled: Sometimes a woman ISN’T counted as tomei for a day before she finds out she was tomei — we learn about when. If she is tomei, her clothes can become tomei too! We learn how to make them tahor again.

Perek Hey: A person who became tomei with a body kind of tumah STAYS tomei, and keeps making things tomei, until he goes to the mikvah. Usually a person has to wait a certain amount of days until he is allowed to go to the mikvah, and we learn what happens if he goes early.

Perek Vov: The Rambam explains how he makes other things tomei, like by sitting on them, lying down on them, or being UNDER them!



Hilchos Bechoros - Perek Hey

In today’s Rambam, we learn more about the Bechor, and about giving Maaser from our animals!

What happens when we’re not sure which animal is really the bechor? The Rambam tells us what the halacha is in different kinds of cases!

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Yud-Alef Shevat

Yesterday was the very special day of Yud Shevat, which is the day of the histalkus of the Friediker Rebbe, and the beginning of the Rebbe’s nesius. But today is ALSO a very special day!

Every single generation has it’s own special avodah. For example, in the times of the Alter Rebbe, Chassidim had to work very hard on their midos so they could become a beinoni. In the times of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Chassidim had to have Mesiras Nefesh to spread Yiddishkeit! (Of course we need to do all of these things, but there is one thing that is the most important in each time.)

Today, Yud-Alef Shevat, is the first day when the WHOLE DAY is the avodah of OUR dor, the avodah the Rebbe teaches us! And what is that avodah? Each one of us has the Shlichus to spread Yiddishkeit and Chassidus to ourselves and to everyone around us, and to get ready for the Geulah!

A few months after the Rebbe accepted the Nesius, before Yud-Alef Nisan, the Rebbe said that he would go to the Ohel. Anybody that is serious about dedicating themselves to the Shlichus that the Rebbe will give them should write their names on a paper, and the Rebbe will bring the paper to the Ohel. They won’t have to give up their lives (chas veshalom) for it, but it is a very serious thing.

On Yud-Alef Shevat, we dedicate ourselves to the Shlichus of the Rebbe.

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Davening Nowadays

There are some Chassidim who say that davening with avodah isn’t so important nowadays. They say that the Rebbe didn’t write many letters about davening, and the Rebbe spoke about mivtzoyim at farbrengens — not about Tefillah! That proves that it isn’t something we need to do nowadays, because otherwise the Rebbe would have talked about it more!

The Rebbe says that this is a foolish thought! If you look at the Igros of the Frierdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe Rashab, and learn their sichos, you will see that they already wrote about it and farbrenged about it many times! So where is the excuse not to daven properly?!

From sicha of Parshas Ki Sisa, 5740; see se’ifim 21 and 27




We are learning some of the halachos about the kos we use to make Kiddush. This kos is a Kos Shel Bracha, and the halachos are the same for any other Kos Shel Bracha, like the kos we use to make Havdalah with or bentch on.

Here are two more things we need to have for the kos of Kiddush:

1) The kos needs to be Shaleim, complete. It shouldn’t be broken or cracked, even if it can still hold a revi’is of wine or grape juice inside. (If there is nothing else to make Kiddush with, we can use it as long as it holds enough.)

2) The wine shouldn’t be pogum. Wine becomes pogum if someone drinks from the container it is in. So if someone drank from the cup or straight from the wine bottle, you should add some other wine so it won’t be pogum anymore. (If you don’t have any other wine, it is okay to add a little bit of water, but not too much, because then it won’t be counted as wine anymore!) Only then should you use it for Kiddush.

See Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch siman Reish-Ayin-Alef se’if Yud-Ches, siman kuf-Pey-Gimmel se’if Daled, siman Kuf-Pey-Beis se’if Daled to Vov

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שליח כ"ק אדמו"ר נשיא דורנו למדינת אילינוי



Every Yid Will Be A Chossid

At the end of the Rambam there is a halacha that says, “At that time all of the Yidden will be great Chachomim, and they will know hidden things, and understand the knowledge of Hashem as much as a person can.”

What are the hidden things the Rambam is talking about? This must be Pnimius HaTorah, which helps us understand Elokus, the knowledge of Hashem!

The Rambam says that when Moshiach comes, everyone will be busy with this.

That means that every Yid will be a chossid, since every Yid will be learning Pnimius HaTorahChassidus, which is what makes someone into a chossid!

This also helps us understand why the Rambam says that there is only one difference when Moshiach comes: That there will be no Shibud Malchios, no nations ruling over us. Even though the Rambam also says that when Moshiach comes we will all be Chachomim, that is not something different and new — learning Chassidus is something we start already now!

See Sicha of Zos Chanukah 5746

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