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CHUMASH

Shishi with Rashi

In today’s Chumash, Hashem promises the Yidden that even if they do aveiros, He will send a malach to help the Yidden and bring them into Eretz Yisroel. (Hashem was taking care of them Himself in the midbar, but if the Yidden do aveiros, Hashem won’t do it Himself anymore, and will need to send a malach.)

If the Yidden listen to Hashem, Hashem will take all of the goyim out of Eretz Yisroel so the Yidden can go live there.

The Yidden should not worship any of the idols the goyim will leave — instead they should break the idols into pieces! They should daven to Hashem instead of to the idols. Then Hashem will give them a special reward, that their food and their water should be good, and that the Yidden should stay healthy!

 
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TEHILLIM

119 (second half)

Today’s shiur in Tehillim is the second half of Kapitel Kuf-Yud-Tes.

Every neshama is sent down to the world with a special shlichus that it needs to do. We aren’t born just to do things that are easy for us — we need to find the things in ourselves that are NOT the way they should be, and our neshama should fix them.

How do we know which things need to be fixed? There’s a posuk in today’s Tehillim, “MeiOivai Techakmeini Mitzvosecha, Ki Le’Olam Hi Li.” “From my enemies I become wise about Your mitzvos, because they are always with me.”

The posuk is telling us that by thinking about the not-good midos that we have, our “enemies,” we see what is hard for us. This will help us understand that those things are what our neshama needs to fix!

 
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TANYA

Likutei Amarim Perek Chof-Hey

A Yid knows that he would NEVER be ready to do Avodah Zarah, which separates a Yid from Hashem, no matter how hard or painful it may be. Thinking about this will help him stay away from doing any aveira, because really, ANY aveira separates us from Hashem, just like Avodah Zarah!

We can also learn another important thing from how a Yid feels about Avodah Zarah. A Yid won’t do Avodah Zarah, even though he could just do teshuvah later!

Hashem always accepts a Yid’s teshuvah. Even though if someone does an aveira and plans do teshuvah later, Hashem doesn’t give him the special help that Baalei Teshuvah get, still he CAN do teshuvah.

But for Avodah Zarah, a Yid doesn’t rely on doing teshuvah later! Why?

This is because the connection of a Yid for Hashem is higher than time. So an aveira in some way lasts forever, and we don’t want to have that kind of separation from Hashem!

So EVERY aveira, even if it takes just a second, separates us from Hashem forever in a way. When we think about that, we will not be ready to do any aveira.

 
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HAYOM YOM

Chof-Vov Shevat

The ahava, the love that Chassidim have for each other, that the Rebbe has for Chassidim, and Chassidim have for the Rebbe — is the Ruach Chayim, it’s what brings chayus into the avodah of living the way a chossid should!

This love and connection is from a deep part of our neshama which gets its chayus from Hashem, Who created time and place. So just like Hashem rules over time and space, this love also is not limited by time and space, so we can feel love for each other even if we’re not in the same place, and even to someone who we can’t see begashmius at this time.

 
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SEFER HAMITZVOS

Mitzvas Lo Saasei #68, #165, Asei #31, Lo Saasei #77, #78

Today we learn more mitzvos about keeping the Beis Hamikdash holy:

1) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #68) A Kohen is not allowed to go into the part called the Kodesh unless he has a reason to do avodah there. The Kohen Gadol also is not allowed to go into the Kodesh HaKodoshim even on Yom Kippur, unless it is to do the Avodah.

2) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #165) A Kohen is not allowed to leave the Beis Hamikdash in the middle of his avodah. A Kohen Gadol is not allowed to leave the Beis Hamikdash during his avodah even if he finds out that a close relative passed away.

3) (Mitzvas Asei #31) We need to take people who are tamei out of the Beis Hamikdash.

4) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #77) A person who is Tamei is not allowed to go into the Beis Hamikdash.

5) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #78) Certain person who are Tamei are not even allowed onto the Har Habayis, the mountain where the Beis Hamikdash stands!

 
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RAMBAM

Hilchos Biyas HaMikdash

In Rambam, we learn about today's mitzvos:

Perek Beis: A kohen is not allowed to go into the Kodesh without a good reason, and the Kohen Gadol is not allowed to go into the Kodesh Hakodoshim except on Yom Kippur to do the Avodah. We also learn what happens if a kohen is an avel, mourning for someone.

Perek Gimmel: People who are tamei are not allowed to come into the Beis Hamikdash. One halacha is that if a person who is tamei comes in by climbing over the roof, or in a box flying in the air, he doesn't get Kareis, but he does get Makas Mardusmalkos from the Beis Din.

Perek Daled: We learn about how a kohen who is tamei is not allowed to do ANY avodah in the Beis Hamikdash.

 
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RAMBAM PEREK ECHOD

Hilchos Maaseh Hakorbanos - Perek Yud-Tes

We learn the halachos about what happens if someone brings a korban outside of the Beis Hamikdash. We learn that a goy IS allowed to bring a korban outside of the Beis Hamikdash.

 
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DARKEI HACHASSIDUS

We Want Moshiach Now!

When Tzivos Hashem began, a special song was sung before the Rebbe, which we all know very well: “We want Moshiach now!” It became the theme song of Tzivos Hashem.

The Rebbe explained the Hashgacha Protis in the words that are used in this song:

If someone wants to have something, there are a few different ways to say it: “I wish I could have candy,” “I really would like to have cookies,” or “I could really use some donuts.”

But when we say “I WANT,” it means something more! In English, we sometimes say that something is “wanting.” That means that it is missing something that it needs.

That’s what we mean when we say that we WANT Moshiach now. We don’t mean that we wish we could have something that would be nice to have, like an extra present. Without Moshiach, we feel that we are “wanting!” We are missing something that is very important to us! We NEED Moshiach!

When it is something we need, we will do whatever it takes to make sure we get it! Since “We want Moshiach now,” we are ready to do many more mitzvos so we will actually HAVE Moshiach now!

 

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TEFILLAH

Hamapil

Before we go to sleep
There is a bracha we recite
We bless Hashem Who helps us
To fall asleep every night.

We ask to sleep peacefully
And that when morning comes again
Our neshama be peacefully returned
Full of chayus, from Hashem

We ask that while we’re sleeping
Our dreams should be just right
With no bad thoughts to bother us
Or disturb our rest tonight

We finish with the bracha
Praising Hashem’s light
His glory fills the world
And makes it shining bright.

When the light shines through our windows
We will wake up again
For another joyful day
In the service of Hashem!

 
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HALACHOS HATZRICHOS

Kiddush

When we fill up our becher of wine for Kiddush, we fill it up to the top, and keep pouring so it overflows! But isn’t that Bal Tashchis? We know we are so careful not to waste things!

The Rebbe explains that Bal Tashchis means wasting something for no reason. But we ARE allowed to destroy something for a good reason. Pouring until our becher overflows is a siman bracha, a sign of bracha. That IS an important reason, and it’s not called wasting the wine!

See Toras Menachem 5742, vol. 3, p. 1692, Shulchan Menachem vol. 2 p. 65

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

 
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GEULAH U'MOSHIACH

Holding the Light of the Geulah

Water is a sign of bracha — but you need a container to hold it in!

The light of Geulah also needs a container to hold it in. That keili is Chassidus! When we spread Chassidus all over the world, we are making keilim to hold the light of the Geulah!

And as soon as the keilim are ready, Hashem will fill them up!

See Igros Kodesh chelek Alef, p. 216

 
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