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Moshe Rabbeinu explains to the Yidden what is a true Navi, and a Navi Sheker. Moshe also tells the Yidden about separating Arei Miklat, and that an Ir Miklat doesn’t save a person who killed ON PURPOSE!

Even though Hashem doesn’t let us ask magicians or people who use Tumah to tell us about what will happen later, Hashem DOES give us ways to know what will happen in the future. Hashem lets a Navi know what will happen, and the Navi tells the rest of the Yidden. A Navi can tell us what Hashem wants us to do, and warn us that we need to do Teshuvah so that not good things won’t happen.

But if someone is a Navi Sheker, a FAKE Navi, he needs to be killed! A fake Navi is someone who says what will happen later and then it doesn’t happen, or someone who says that Hashem wants us to do an aveira.

Moshe Rabbeinu also reminds the Yidden about the Ir Miklat: In Eretz Yisroel, we have to set up Arei Miklat, cities that are a safe place for someone who R”L killed a person by mistake. The person can run there, and then the family of the person who was killed won’t hurt him.

But if someone killed a person ON PURPOSE, it doesn’t help to go to an Ir Miklat — we send him out, because he needs to get punished by the Beis Din.



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Today’s shiur Tehillim is kapitelach Chof-Tes to Lamed-Daled. We also say kapitelach Yud-Gimmel, Yud-Daled, and Tes-Vov for Chodesh Elul.

Kapitel Lamed-Gimmel, in today’s Tehillim, talks about how special Hashem is! Dovid Hamelech says: “Bidvar Hashem, Shomayim Naasu” — “with the WORDS of Hashem, the heavens were made.”

Hashem made the whole world through saying ten things — the Asara Maamaros. (Like “Yehi Ohr!” — “There should be light!”)

Chassidus teaches us that the neshama of a Yid is a part of Hashem, and that by looking into our neshama, we can see and understand Hashem. So to understand more about Hashem’s speaking, we can think about how WE speak!

We only say something after we think about or feel something, to share it with someone else. But what we say is not EVERYTHING we think or feel, just that part that we wanted to share!

From this mashal, we can also understand that when Hashem created the world, through speaking, it’s only a small part of Hashem that is being shared with us. But Hashem is really MUCH greater than the world we see!



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Yud

To get Hashem’s chayus, we need to DESERVE it. How do we deserve it? By doing mitzvos, and especially Chesed (like Tzedakah). When we do Chesed, Hashem gives Chesed to us too, and gives chayus to us and the world!

If someone did an aveira, he is missing that chayus! He needs to do Teshuvah. Teshuvah reaches a part of the neshama that makes him deserve a chayus that is so strong it can even make up for chayus that was missing from an aveira!

To bring the chayus INTO the world, we need to do Tzedakah in a way that is MUCH MORE than normal (giving EXTRA!), so we can bring this extra-special chayus.

After the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, we ALL are missing chayus!

That’s why the Chachomim say that Moshiach will only come through Tzedakah. What kind of Tzedakah? Only this EXTRA kind of tzedakah, MUCH MORE than the regular amount the Torah tells us we need to give.

In fact, the Chachomim say that Moshiach won’t come until we give SO much Tzedakah that we have no more money left! Because only this kind of tzedakah has the koach to bring down this special chayus and chesed of Hashem to make up for the missing Chayus and bring the Geulah!



Hey Elul

Today we learn the Chabad minhag for putting on a Tallis:

1) Leave the Tallis folded, and put it on your right shoulder.

2) Check the Tzitzis while saying a few pesukim from “Borchi Nafshi.”

3) Take the Tallis off your shoulder and unfold it.

4) Kiss the top of the Tallis (the part that will go by your head)

5) Twirl the Tallis so that it is behind you.

6) Start saying the brachaLehisatef Betzitzis” (wrapping yourself in the Tzitzis) and wrap the Tallis around you so that both corners are over the left shoulder when you finish the bracha.

To do the mitzvah right, we need to leave the Tallis wrapped like that for at least a certain amount of time, so we say some Pesukim from Tehillim to make sure we stay wrapped up for long enough.

When the Frierdiker Rebbe came to America, there wasn’t enough room in 770 where the Frierdiker Rebbe had the seudos, so the bochurim were not allowed in. The bochurim tried to come in anyway (of course!).

How could someone figure out who was a bochur and who was already married and WAS allowed in? The Rebbetzin had an idea! She asked them to say these pesukim baal peh — if they didn’t know them, they must be bochurim!

(If you are married you need to know them by heart — you say these pesukim while your whole face is covered by a Tallis, and you can’t look inside!)



Mitzvas Lo Saasei #288

Today’s mitzvah (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #288) is that ONE eid (witness) is not enough — the Beis Din needs to have TWO eidim in order to punish someone. (One eid is enough for the Beis Din to have someone make a shevuah (a strong and special kind of Torah promise), but is not enough of a proof for someone to be punished).



Hilchos Eidus

In Perek Ches of today’s Rambam, we learn that the witness can be more important than what is written in a shtar! An example for this is someone who has a signature on a shtar that says a person owes money to his friend. In Beis Din, he can’t seem to remember anything about it. If nobody else can prove that it is true, then since the Eid doesn’t remember, the shtar is worthless.

In Perek Tes we learn about who is not allowed to be an eid. There are ten kinds of people that can’t be an eid! Some of them are: kids, women, servants, and people related to the one who had to come to Beis Din. A rasha is also not allowed to be an eid.

In Perek Yud we start to learn the halachos of tomorrow’s mitzvah, that the Beis Din can’t accept the eidus of a rasha. What is a rasha? Someone who does an aveira that deserves to be given malkos for. A rasha is also a person who steals or wastes his life on games and gambling.



Hilchos Shevuos - Perek Yud-Beis

In this perek, the last perek of Hilchos Shevuos, we learn how serious it is to make a promise in Hashem’s name. We teach children to be careful about it, even though their promises are not counted as true promises.



Chodesh Elul

A group of students once came to the Rebbe for Yechidus a few days before Rosh Hashana.

The Rebbe told them that they should know that time is such a special present from Hashem! Before Rosh Hashana, we need to think about this present and make a hachlata to always use our time in the best way.

“You are very young,” the Rebbe told them. “Hashem gives young people a koach to do lots of good things with lots of energy! But you only stay young for a certain amount of time. Remember to use this special koach as much as you can!”


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Mizmor Lesoda

The main part of Pesukei Dezimra that the Chachomim originally established starts with Ashrei.

Before going to the main part of Pesukei Dezimra, we say a few other things.

First we say Mizmor Lesodah. This is kapitel Kuf of Tehillim, and is the song that was sung when bringing a Korban Todah in the Beis Hamikdash.

This kapitel even hints to the way the korban was brought: There are 40 words, like the 40 loaves that were brought together with the Korban Todah, and it has Hashem’s name in it 4 times, hinting to the 4 kinds of people who bring the Korban Todah to thank Hashem for nissim that happen to them.

The Chachomim tell us that there are really nissim happening to us every day! We don’t see them because many times, Hashem hides them from us. We thank Hashem for these hidden nissim every day by saying Mizmor Lesodah at the beginning of Pesukei Dezimra.

We don’t say Mizmor Lesodah on Shabbos or Yom Tov, Erev Pesach or Erev Yom Kippur, or Chol Hamoed Pesach. That is because these are all days when a person was not allowed to bring the Korban Todah in the Beis Hamikdash.

In the Midrash it says that when Moshiach comes, all songs will become unimportant — except for Mizmor Lesodah, this song of thanks to Hashem!



Birchos Hanehenin

It’s a Mitzvah Min Hamuvchar (a mitzvah done in the best way) not just to say the right brachos on foods, but to say them in the right order!

We look at the food that we have in front of us, and say the brachos on each kind based on the order of brachos.

(Of course we only say all of these brachos in order if we are planning on eating them! We don’t have to go look for an extra food to eat just because that bracha comes earlier in the list. It is just that the brachos we DO say should be in the right order.)

If there is a good reason why not to, we don’t have to follow this order.

For example, we are allowed to eat in the normal order of the meal. Even if we have dessert in front of us, we can first make a bracha on the main course, even if the bracha on dessert comes earlier in the list of brachos. So if you have meat and potatoes for supper, and cake for dessert, you don’t have to make the Mezonos on the cake before making the bracha on the meat and potatoes!

Health reasons are also a good reason why not to follow the order of brachos. If someone needs a drink so that he will be able to swallow, he can first make a Shehakol and take a drink, before going on to make the rest of the brachos on the list in order.

See Piskei Teshuvos siman 211, se’if Alef; Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch siman 249, Kuntres Acharon Daled

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



We'll Have the Beis Hamikdash Again!

The Navi Micha said many nevuos about Moshiach.

Hashem showed Micha some of the same things about Moshiach as He showed to the Navi Yeshaya! That’s why this nevuah is almost exactly the same as one from Yeshaya.

וְהָיָה בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים יִהְיֶה הַר בֵּית ה׳ נָכוֹן בְּרֹאשׁ הֶהָרִים וְנִשָּׂא הוּא מִגְּבָעוֹת וְנָהֲרוּ עָלָיו עַמִּים

Vehaya Ba’acharis Hayamim — This nevuah will happen in the end of the days of Golus:

Yihiyeh Har Beis Hashem Nachon Berosh Heharim — The house of Hashem, the Beis Hamikdash, which was destroyed, will again be in place on the top of the most important mountain

Venisa Hu Mig’vaos — Which will be higher than all of the hills, so everyone can see it!

Venaharu Alav Amim — And the nations will be rushing towards it, to serve Hashem there too!

See Micha perek Daled posuk Alef

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