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Parshas Bereishis - Chamishi with Rashi

In yesterday’s Chumash we learned the sad story of Kayin and Hevel. We also learned about Kayin’s children and grandchildren, until Lemech was born, the sixth generation from Kayin. Today the Torah tells us more about Lemech and his children, who were the seventh generation, and in tomorrow’s Chumash we will see the end of the story with Kayin.

By now, the people living in the world were not acting the way Hashem wanted.

In those days, the men would marry two women. One of them was to have children, and the other one was just to have a pretty wife. They were afraid that if she had children, she wouldn’t look as beautiful anymore! Lemech also married two women — one of them to have children (Adah), and the other one (Tzilah) to be beautiful.

Adah had two boys — Yaval and Yuval.

Yaval invented a new way of being a shepherd. He would bring his sheep around to wherever he could find good grass for the sheep to eat, and set up a tent there to live. When that grass was finished, he would take his tent and his sheep and move to another place. He also built places for Avodah Zarah.

Yuval invented playing musical instruments. He also played these instruments for Avodah Zarah.

Even though Lemech didn’t want Tzilah to have any children, she had children too. She had a son, Tuval-Kayin, who made tools and weapons like Kayin did. She also had a daughter, Naamah, who later became Noach’s wife.



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Today we say the 15 Shir Hamaalos, which Dovid Hamelech made to be said on the 15 steps that lead from the Ezras Noshim into the Azara in the Beis Hamikdash!

Kapitel Kuf-Chof-Beis talks about when Yidden go up to Yerushalayim. Dovid Hamelech calls Yerushalayim an “Ir Shechubra La Yachdav” — “a city that is connected together.”

What is this talking about? Together with WHAT?

In the Gemara it says that there are TWO Yerushalayims! There is a Yerushalayim Shel Maalah, a ruchnius’dike city in Shomayim, and Yerushalayim Shel Matah — the city of Yerushalayim that we see. They are both connected!

The Gemara says that Hashem doesn’t go into the Gashmius Yerushalayim until He goes into Yerushalayim Shel Maalah, the ruchnius’dike Yerushalayim.

What makes Hashem go into these two Yerushalayims? It’s because of things WE do!

The Tzemach Tzedek explains that there are two things that bring Hashem into the two Yerushalayims — Teshuvah Tata’ah and Teshuvah Ila’ah.

When we do Teshuvah, it brings Geulah, bringing Hashem’s Shechinah back into Yerushalayim!



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Chof-Hey

We are learning about the Emunah we have, that everything that happens is from Hashem, and what it says about this in Kabbalah.

Yesterday we said that Hashem makes the world again from nothing every second!

The chayus that Hashem gives to the world has many names:

- In Tanach, it is called Dvar Hashem — Hashem’s word.
- In the Gemara it is called the Shechinah.
- In the Zohar it is called Ima Tata’ah and Matrunisa — which means a mother and a queen, that give chayus to their children and subjects.
- In Kabbalah it is called Malchus.

In Kabbalah, when it speaks about the chayus of Hashem called Malchus, it says that there are levels of Malchus that give chayus in different ways:

- There is the Malchus from the world of Atzilus that gives chayus for big neshamos like Adam Harishon, Moshe Rabbeinu and the Neviim.

- There is a level of Malchus from a lower Ruchniyus world called Beriyah that gives chayus to neshamos that aren’t as big, and another level from the world of Yetzirah.

- And there is the level of Malchus of Asiyah, which gives chayus to our Gashmiyus world and everything that is in it.

IY”H in tomorrow’s Tanya, we will see how Hashem gives chayus in a way of Golus to even kelipah. Then we will be able to understand what the Baal Shem Tov said to do if there is someone who gets their chayus from kelipah that is bothering you during davening. We should think that it is from the chayus of Hashem, which is in Golus, and Hashem is making it happen to bring us to put more effort into our Avodas Hashem!



Chof-Zayin Tishrei

Even someone who grows up in a frum, Chassidishe home will need to make their own decision that they want to live a life of Yiddishkeit and Chassidus. In today’s Hayom Yom, the Rebbe reminds us that this choice is a very good one, because the Torah gives us the highest quality of life possible.

Some people think that living like it says in the Torah is only important for a person’s neshama. But that’s not true!

The Torah teaches a Yid how to live their whole life — from when they are born until they pass away. The Torah gives a person a healthy way of thinking, tools to make their midos into the best type of midos, and the right way to have a good relationship with Hashem and with other people.

A person who lives a life according to Torah and the way the Chachomim teach us lives the BEST kind of life, in Ruchnius AND in Gashmius!



Shiur #98 - Mitzvas Lo Saasei #181, #182, #184, #185, #183

Today we learn more mitzvos about eating Kosher:

1) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #181) We are not allowed to eat meat from an animal that was hurt badly by another animal before it was shechted (treifa). (The Rambam tells us that this mitzvah also includes some other times when meat becomes asur to eat.)

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Mishpatim: וּבָשָׂר בַּשָּׂדֶה טְרֵפָה לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ

2) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #182) We are not allowed to eat “Eiver Min Hachai” — a body part (limb) of an animal that was taken off when the animal was alive.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Re’eh: וְלֹא תֹאכַל הַנֶּפֶשׁ עִם הַבָּשָׂר

3) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #184) We are not allowed to eat blood (dam) of an animal or a bird.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Tzav: וְכָל דָּם לֹא תֹאכְלוּ

The details are explained in Mesechta Kerisus perek Hey.

4) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #185) We are not allowed to eat Cheilev — certain fat from animals (Cheilev is the fat of the korbanos that would usually be burned on the Mizbeiach)

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Tzav: כָּל חֵלֶב שׁוֹר וְכֶשֶׂב וָעֵז לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ

The details are explained in Mesechta Chulin perek Zayin.

5) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #183) We are not allowed to eat the Gid Hanasheh, a vein in the back thigh of the animal.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Vayishlach: עַל כֵּן לֹא יֹאכְלוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת גִּיד הַנָּשֶׁה

The details are explained in Mesechta Chulin perek Zayin.



Hilchos Maachalos Asuros

In today’s Rambam (perakim Yud-Alef, Yud-Beis, and Yud-Gimmel), we learn all about Yayin Nesech, wine that a goy touched. We are not allowed to drink it, in case the goy used it for Avodah Zarah. If there was Yayin Nesech in a bottle, the bottle of wine can become not kosher.

Wine that is boiled is not used for Avodah Zarah. That’s why we use mevushal wine — boiled wine — so that we don’t have to be worried that it might be used for Avodah Zarah, and we can drink it even if a goy does touch it.



Hilchos Brachos - Perek Ches

We learn about the brachos on food, aside for Mezonos and Hamotzi, which we already learned earlier.

Many of the Geonim before the Rambam said that sugar cane is either Ha’eitz or Ho’adamah. The Rambam says that it is not a fruit, and we need to make a Shehakol.

If you put food into your mouth without making a bracha, what do you do? Do you know?



Shabbos Bereishis

There is a vort from the Rebbbeim that “Vi M’shtelt Zich Avek Shabbos Bereishis, Azoi Geit A Gantz Yohr.” The way we use the kochos from Shabbos Bereishis helps set things up for the whole year in a good way.

EVERY parsha and Yom Tov have certain things we need to learn from them, and live with those lessons the whole year. So why are the kochos we get from Shabbos Bereishis SO important, that we say that it sets things up for the whole year, more than any other parsha and Yom Tov?

The answer is that Shabbos Bereishis teaches us Emunah! We learn about how Hashem created the world, and so we understand that everything that happens in the world is all from Hashem. (As we are learning now in Tanya, the chayus of Hashem is constantly creating the world!) Emunah in Hashem is the most important thing that we need to have, and it makes a difference in EVERYTHING in our lives all year.

When we know that Hashem is making everything in the world happen, we will know that there can’t be anything in the world that can stop us from doing what Hashem wants. Since Hashem created everything in the world, and Hashem tells us to do the mitzvos, it isn’t possible that there can be anything in Hashem’s world that can keep us from doing what Hashem wants!

Our Emunah is also important for our Gashmius! When we know that everything comes from Hashem, we won’t worry so much about all of the gashmiyus things that we need, like parnasa and health and things we need for our family. We will know that everything that happens to us is from Hashem and know that it must be good. Even more, when we remember this, Hashem will give us good things in a way that we can tell is good too!

See Likutei Sichos chelek Alef, Parshas Bereishis


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Torah Tziva

We are learning the meaning of the Twelve Pesukim, which the Rebbe wants every Jewish child to know.

The very first posuk of the Twelve Pesukim starts with the words “Torah Tziva.” As we learned, the Chachomim tell us that this posuk should be the first thing we teach a child as soon as they can talk!

Why is this posuk so important for even little kids?

In today’s Hayom Yom, we learned something about Torah. We learned that the Torah is “Toras Chayim,” a Torah of life! The Torah shows us how to have the BEST kind of life.

Torah is also called “Toras Emes,” a Torah that shows us emes! It shows us the emes, the truth of the way things really are in the world — it shows us that everything is here to help our neshama to do a special shlichus in the world!

The Yetzer Hara can come to little kids and try to make a child think, “What does Torah have to do with ME? It’s very nice that Torah can give us the best kind of life, or show us how to use everything to do our shlichus. But I’m just a kid! When I get older, when I’m an adult, that’s when I’ll see what the Torah says!”

The posuk Torah Tziva shows us that what the Yetzer Hara is saying is NOT TRUE!

The Torah is “Morasha,” an inheritance, that belongs to EVERY Jewish person. Something that we get in a way of yerusha belongs to us even if we are just a baby! So the Torah belongs to ALL of us, even if we are still little!

And even while we are young, the Torah is already for us! We can already have the best kind of life, a Torah life, by learning Torah and keeping its mitzvos. We can already treasure the Torah which “Tziva Lanu Moshe,” that Moshe Rabbeinu gave to all of the Yidden as a yerusha, “Morasha Kehilas Yaakov.”

From a children’s rally, Tes-Zayin Menachem Av 5744



Yom Kippur Katan

Today is Yom Kippur Katan. It’s like a mini Yom Kippur for the month of Tishrei! We do a Cheshbon Hanefesh to see how we did for the past month, and decide that next month, Cheshvan, will be even better!

We should also add at least a little bit in Torah, in Avodah (davening), and in Gemilus Chasadim (helping another Yid or giving extra tzedakah).

Usually, Yom Kippur Katan is the day before Rosh Chodesh. But since it is a day of teshuvah, if Erev Rosh Chodesh is on Shabbos, we keep it on the Thursday before instead.

See Halachos Uminhagei Chabad

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



Big Beis Hamikdash and Little Beis Hamikdash

The Rebbe shows us that the time we are living in now is very close to the Geulah, and the things we do now are a preparation for Geulah. One of the things we will have in the times of Geulah is a Beis Hamikdash. As part of getting ready, we make sure that we have a Beis Hamikdash, a home for Hashem, in ourselves and in our rooms and homes.

In this discussion between two of the Rebbeim, we learn how to make the Beis Hamikdash in ourselves shine!

The Rebbe Rashab would sometimes take a walk with his son, the Frierdiker Rebbe. Once, on one of these walks, the Rebbe Rashab explained how the small Beis Hamikdash inside of each of us works.

The Rebbe Rashab said that when Hashem told the Yidden, “Veshochanti Besocham,” “I will live among you,” a small Beis Hamikdash came into the heart of every Yid — from then until Moshiach comes. When a Yid would come to the Beis Hamikdash, it would make the Shechinah in his small Beis Hamikdash shine, just like in the big Beis Hamikdash!

The Rebbe Rashab explained (at length) how this happens in a similar way when a chossid goes to the Rebbe for Yechidus. By going to the Rebbe, it makes the Shechinah shine inside of the little Beis Hamikdash of the chossid!

Sefer Hasichos 5699, p. 297

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