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CHUMASH

Parshas Acharei - Shishi with Rashi

Since we are Hashem’s holy nation, we need to remember that getting married is a very holy thing! Hashem gives us very specific rules about getting married.

- A person can’t marry his mother or stepmother

- He can’t marry his sister or stepsister

- He can’t marry his grandchildren

- He can’t marry his aunt

- He can’t marry his daughter-in-law

- He can’t marry a woman and her daughter

- He can’t marry two sisters

- He needs to act differently with a woman who has Tumas Niddah

- He can’t get married to a woman who is married to someone else

Hashem also tells us NOT to do the Avodah Zarah of Molech.

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TEHILLIM

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In today’s Tehillim there are some kapitelach we say during Shacharis on Shabbos. The kapitelHodu Lashem Ki Tov, Ki Le’olam Chasdo”, also called Hallel HaGadol (Kapitel Kuf-Lamed-Vov), is one of them. We also have Al Naharos Bavel in today’s Tehillim, which we say before bentching on a weekday.

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TANYA

Likutei Amarim Perek Mem-Daled

We learned about two kinds of loving Hashem so far. One of them is Ahava Rabbah, a fiery kind of love that Hashem can give a person as a present. The other one is Ahavas Olam, where a person thinks about Hashem until he loves Hashem Who is the source of all life and of the things he enjoys.

Since both of those kinds of love come from hisbonenus, thinking and learning about Hashem, every person will feel the love differently, based on what they know.

But there is a kind of love that is “Shoveh Lechol Nefesh” — a love that works for everyone!

This kind of love isn’t based on thinking or learning or knowing — it is a kind of love that is part of our neshama, passed down from the Avos. This kind of ahava is called “Nafshi Ivisicha” — “I feel that Hashem is my chayus, and that’s why I want to be close to Hashem.”

When a person realizes that Hashem is his chayus, he wants to be close to Hashem to have that chayus!

A person’s greatest love and pleasure is to have his chayus, to be alive. But a person only feels it when it’s a new thing, like if chas veshalom a person was very sick and almost lost his chayus — then he really appreciates it. When we recognize that Hashem is constantly giving us new chayus, it will be our greatest pleasure!

We also know we can connect to this chayus through learning Torah, which Hashem always gives us in a new way, so this ahava makes us want to learn MORE Torah and feel this special chayus every day!

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HAYOM YOM

Chof-Ches Nisan

Today is the thirteenth day of the Omer!

The Alter Rebbe appointed the Mitteler Rebbe to be a mashpia for the young married Chassidim. Once, they were sitting together at a farbrengen, and they spoke about Ahavas Yisroel. At one point, a chossid lifted up his kos and gave himself a bracha, saying “Hashem should give me the zechus to have true Ahavas Hashem!”

A little bit later, the Mitteler Rebbe took his kos in his hand and said, “Hashem should give me the zechus to have true Ahavas Yisroel!”

The Chassidim who were there argued among themselves. Some said that Ahavas Hashem is much greater than Ahavas Yisroel, and others said that Ahavas Yisroel is even greater than Ahavas Hashem. For many weeks they were confused about this, until they decided to ask the Alter Rebbe.

After the proper hachana, and when the right opportunity came up, they asked the Alter Rebbe:

Ahavas Hashem and Ahavas Yisroel are two mitzvos. Even though they are both kinds of love, they are both different. Which Avodah is greater, Ahavas Hashem or Ahavas Yisroel?

As the Alter Rebbe would often do, he answered them in short and with a niggun:

Ahavas Hashem and Ahavas Yisroel are both a part of the neshama of every Yid. Still, Ahavas Yisroel is greater.

Because the posuk says, “Ahavti Eschem Amar Hashem,” Hashem says, “I love you (the Yidden).” So when you love a Yid, you have both, because you love who Hashem loves!

After they got this answer from the Alter Rebbe, they made it a regular minhag to speak about Ahavas Yisroel by farbrengens, until it became truly a part of them.

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SEFER HAMITZVOS

Shiur #320 - Mitzvas Lo Saasei #315, #281, #316

Today we learn three more mitzvos about judges:

1) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #315) We are not allowed to curse a judge.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Mishpatim: אֱלֹקִים לֹא תְקַלֵּל

2) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #281) A judge shouldn’t believe non-true things. We tell a judge that he is not allowed to start hearing about a court case until BOTH sides are there. Otherwise he might believe something that isn’t true!

This mitzvah also includes something for everybody: not to say Lashon Hara, not to listen to Lashon Hara, and not to say not true eidus.

We also learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Mishpatim: לֹא תִשָּׂא שֵׁמַע שָׁוְא

3) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #316) It is asur to curse a Nasi — a leader of the Yidden. This includes both a king and the leader of the Sanhedrin.

We also learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Mishpatim: וְנָשִׂיא בְעַמְּךָ לֹא תָאֹר

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RAMBAM

Hilchos Sanhedrin

In Perek Chof-Beis, we learn how things are done in Beis Din. We learn that if someone knows a reason why the psak should be a certain way, he should say so, even if he is worried about what others will think — because the Torah says Midvar Sheker Tirchak! We need to stay away from letting something not true be said.

We learn that the best thing for a Beis Din to do is to try to get both sides to agree to compromise! This is the way of shalom.

In Perek Chof-Gimmel, we learn more about yesterday’s mitzvah not to take a bribe. Bribes aren’t just money — if someone is a friend of a judge, or did him a favor, it will be hard for the judge to listen to the other side, since he already likes one person.

Perek Chof-Daled teaches us what a judge should do if he is sure that someone is lying, but he can’t prove it. He is not allowed to pasken if he doesn’t feel that the psak is correct, so he should keep asking the witnesses questions until he feels sure, or else he should ask another judge to pasken.

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RAMBAM PEREK ECHOD

Hilchos Shaar Avos HaTumos - Perek Yud

The Rambam explains the tumah of a “Tvul Yom”(someone who went to the mikvah, but won’t be Tahor until night), and about different levels of Tumah for a person, keilim, and for food and drink.

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INYANA D'YOMA

Chof-Ches Nissan

Today is Chof-Ches Nissan.

What’s special about today? There’s a very famous sicha that the Rebbe said. The Rebbe told us, “Tut Altz Vos Ir Kent Tzu Brengen Moshiach” — “do everything you can to bring Moshiach!”

In the first part of the sicha, the Rebbe spoke about how the time is special and has horaos for us in our Avodas Hashem. The Rebbe showed us how the year is special, how the month of Nisan is special, how Chof-Ches is special, and how it’s Erev Rosh Chodesh. The Rebbe showed us how “living with the time” needs to inspire us in giving more tzedakah and in doing our shlichus to bring the Geulah!

The Rebbe used very strong words to tell Chassidim that talking about bringing Moshiach won’t help unless we really WANT the Geulah! We need to be ready to work on ourselves, to take the horaos the Rebbe gives us and really make them part of our avodah. This way we will be able to come out of the Golus inside of ourselves, and bring the Geulah to the whole world!

(Listen to the sicha here: http://www.chabad.org/555021 — it’s a little over 11 minutes long.)

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TEFILLAH

Torah Tziva

The first posuk of the Twelve Pesukim starts with the words “Torah Tziva.”

This posuk speaks about something very special that belongs to each of us!

Torah Tziva Lanu Moshe,” the Torah that Moshe Rabbeinu commanded us on Har Sinai, is “Morasha Kehilas Yaakov,” a yerusha to each one of us!

That means that the very same Torah that Moshe Rabbeinu was given at the time of Matan Torah is what belongs to each of us today.

What Moshe Rabbeinu got on Har Sinai was not just the Chumash, or even just Tanach. It was ALL the Torah that we would ever have, including Medrashim and Kabbalah and even the Torah of Moshiach! And now ALL of that Torah is ours too!

That means that any sefer on our shelf, and any shiur that anyone is giving, belongs to each and every Yid! And not just the Torah we know now, but all the Torah we will ever have, belongs to each and every one of us! It doesn’t matter if we are the biggest Talmid Chochom, or the smallest baby. It is OUR Torah, and we should know what a treasure we have.

See Likutei Sichos chelek Daled, Simchas Torah

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HALACHOS HATZRICHOS

Muktza

There are many types of things that are muktza on Shabbos.

Some kinds of muktza things are very strict. We are almost NEVER allowed to move them on Shabbos. This is called Muktza Chamur, the strict kind of muktza.

Then there are things that the Chachomim are not as strict about. We are not allowed to move these things on Shabbos to keep them from getting ruined, but we CAN move them if we need to use them for something we are allowed to do on Shabbos, or if we need it out of the way so we can use that space. This is called Muktza Kal, the less strict kind of muktza.

We will IY”H learn more about each of these kinds of muktza, and what things in our houses are each kind.

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

Our Own Golus

There are two kinds of Geulah:

The Geulah Klolis is when all Yidden are taken out of this Golus.

The Geulah Protis is when we are free of the Golus inside of us — all of the things that stop us from doing our Avodas Hashem properly. Problems with health, parnasa, and our own Yetzer Haras make it hard for us to serve Hashem.

When we have our personal geulah from things that keep us from doing mitzvos, we will be able to bring the Geulah Klolis for ALL of the Yidden!

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