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CHUMASH

Parshas Lech Lecha - Shlishi with Rashi

Lot became very rich because he went with Avram. He had lots and lots of animals and tents.

In fact, he had so many animals, that between Avram’s animals and Lot’s animals, there weren’t enough grassy fields where they lived for all of the animals to eat!

Avram’s shepherds knew to only let the sheep and cows eat from grass that didn’t belong to anyone, but Lot’s shepherds gave the animals food even from other people’s fields! They thought that Eretz Yisroel belonged to Avram already, and since Avram didn’t have anyone to pass it down to except for Lot, they thought they could take any part of Eretz Yisroel already.

Avram’s shepherds argued with them, because taking grass from someone else’s fields is stealing! The Torah tells us that the shepherds of Lot were wrong — the land didn’t belong to Avram yet either, and the Canaani and Perizi lived there.

Avram didn’t want to be in a fight with his nephew, so he told him to maybe move a little bit further away, so that each of them have their own space. He promised to stay close by so he could always help him if he needed it. (As we will see later, that actually happened.)

Lot saw that Sedom and Amora had plenty of water, so things grew well there. It had lots of beautiful trees, like Gan Eden, where Adam Harishon lived when he was first created. It had lots of plants growing, like in Mitzrayim. Lot also saw that the people acted in not very tznius’dike ways, and he liked that too.

So Lot decided to move there, and also to move away from the way Avram served Hashem.

The people in the area were very not nice. They did aveiros on purpose, just to make Hashem angry. But Lot didn’t mind living with them anyway…

In the meantime, now that Lot moved away, Hashem spoke to Avram again. He promised him again that Eretz Yisroel would belong to his children, the Yidden. Hashem told Avram to look all over Eretz Yisroel, in all directions, and it would all belong to him.

Avram continued to travel through Eretz Yisroel, until he reached Chevron, where he built a Mizbeiach to thank Hashem.

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TEHILLIM

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In the first Maamar the Rebbe said, Bosi Legani, he explains a posuk from today’s Tehillim: “Tzadikim Yirshu Aretz Veyishkenu La’ad Aleha.” “Tzadikim get ‘aretz’ (Gan Eden), because they make Hashem rest (Veyishkenu) in the world.”

In the maamar, the Rebbe tells us that this is OUR special shlichus too — to bring Hashem’s Shechinah into the world to rest here, which will bring the Geulah! We do this through having Ahavas Yisroel and acting in a way of Shtus D’Kedusha.

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TANYA

Igeres Hakodesh Siman Chof-Vov

The Alter Rebbe is explaining a piece in the Zohar which seems to be saying that the halachos of Torah are mixed with good and bad, and that we won’t learn them when Moshiach comes. The Alter Rebbe told us that this can’t be right, and today explains to us the right way to understand it.

The Alter Rebbe explains that the THINGS that the Torah talks about are mixed with good and bad (Eitz HaDaas Tov VaRa). When Moshiach comes, the not good part of it won’t be there anymore. But the HALACHOS themselves, the way they are in Torah, are FOR SURE always only from Kedusha (Eitz HaChaim)!

All of the Gashmius’dike things in the world come from kelipah. Many of them come from a kind of kelipah called Kelipas Noga, which has a mixture of good and bad. You can choose to use it for kedusha (if you do a mitzvah with it) or Chas Veshalom a person could use it for not good things. (It’s a little bit like pareve food — if you cook it with milchigs it becomes milchig; if you cook it with fleishig it becomes fleishig.)

But the HALACHOS, even the halachos ABOUT tumah, are all part of Torah Shebaal Peh, which the Zohar says very clearly is a VERY high level of kedusha.

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HAYOM YOM

Vov Mar-Cheshvan

Once a Chossid of the Alter Rebbe, named R’ Yekusiel Liepler, was in Yechidus.

The Alter Rebbe wanted to give him a bracha to be rich, but R’ Yekusiel said he didn’t want that bracha! He said that it would take too much time to take care of the money, and he only wanted to learn Chassidus and serve Hashem.

Then the Alter Rebbe wanted to give him another bracha — that he live for a long time (Arichas Yomim). R’ Yekusiel said he only wanted the bracha if they were not “poierishe yoren” (peasant years) — he said it’s only worth living if he lives like a chossid, knowing about and serving Hashem.

In a sicha, the Rebbe asks, “How can it be that when a person gets a present, especially such a special one like a bracha for long life, that he says he only wants it IF he gets certain conditions?” The Rebbe explains that R’ Yekusiel wasn’t making a condition. He just wanted to say that for him, it’s only a bracha if he lives like a chossid. He didn’t feel that any other way of living is real life.

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SEFER HAMITZVOS

Shiur #121 - Mitzvas Lo Saasei #217, #218

In today’s Sefer Hamitzvos, we learn two mitzvos about not mixing ANIMALS together:

1) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #217) We aren’t allowed to make two different kinds of animals get married to each other, like a cow with a sheep.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Kedoshim: בְּהֶמְתְּךָ לֹא תַרְבִּיעַ כִּלְאַיִם

The details are explained in Mesechta Kilayim perek Ches

2) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #218) We are not allowed to make two different kinds of animals shlep a plow or a wagon together.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Ki Seitzei: לֹא תַחֲרשׁ בְּשׁוֹר וּבַחֲמֹר יַחְדָּו

The details are explained in Mesechta Kilayim perek Ches

We learn the halachos of these two mitzvos in tomorrow’s Rambam.

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RAMBAM

Hilchos Kela'im

In Rambam, we finish learning about Kilai HaKerem, not growing any other kind of plant together with grapes.

Perek Vov: We learn how much of the grapes become asur if they are planted close to vegetables. We also learn about mavrich, when a person makes the grapevine go underground and come up in a different place. Can we plant something else in that in-between space?

Perek Zayin: We learn what is considered a Kerem (vineyard) according to halacha, and what is considered just a single vine, which is less strict than a full Kerem.

Perek Ches: There are two ways to grow grapes: Letting the vines grow on the ground, or draping the vines over a wall, a fence, or an arch. Letting them grow on the ground is the regular way we grow grapes. When the vines are hanging over something else, called Aris, there are different halachos.

We also learn that the halachos are a little different outside of Eretz Yisroel.

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RAMBAM PEREK ECHOD

Hilchos Biyas Hamikdash - 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.

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INYANA D'YOMA

Modeh Ani

In today’s Hayom Yom, we learned what R’ Yekusiel Liepler told the Alter Rebbe: That for him, Arichas Yomim, long life, only counts as life if he feels Elokus.

The truth is that all of us, when we say Modeh Ani in the morning, say the same thing! Why do we say Modeh Ani? Because every night, our neshama goes up to Shomayim and Hashem holds onto it.

In the morning we thank Hashem for giving us back our neshama. What do we say? We don’t just say thank you for giving us A neshama, for giving chayus. We say thank You for giving me MY neshama — the neshama of a Yid (not a Goy or an animal)!

This shows that we’re not just thanking Hashem for being alive — because then we could just say thank You for giving us chayus! Instead, we say “Shehechezarta Bi Nishmasi,” that Hashem gave us our neshama — because for a Yid, a life without our Yiddishe neshama isn’t really life.

See Kuntres Inyana Shel Toras HaChassidus

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LEARNING FROM THE REBBE

Zayin Cheshvan

Tomorrow is Zayin Cheshvan. As we will learn, one of the special things about Zayin Cheshvan is that by then, every Yid from Eretz Yisroel came home from spending Yom Tov in the Beis Hamikdash! Now everyone was able to use the inspiration they got from Yom Tov in their homes.

The Rebbe tells us that nowadays too, Zayin Cheshvan has a special koach to help us use everything WE got during the month of Tishrei every day!

What does that mean?

All of the Yomim Tovim of Tishrei are different. They each have their own mood and their own Avodah.

On Rosh Hashana, we were very serious. We realized that we wanted Hashem to be the King of the whole world, and we wanted to show Hashem that we are ready to do whatever He wants. We said a lot of Tehillim, showing that we are ready to give Hashem all of our time.

On Yom Kippur, we felt like Malochim. We spent the whole day feeling close to Hashem, and not even doing the regular things we do for our body! And we knew that Hashem was happy with our Teshuvah and would forgive us for anything we did wrong during the year.

During Sukkos we felt safe in Hashem’s hug, the Sukkah! We showed how we are connected to all other Yidden, and danced together on Simchas Beis Hashoeivah!

On Simchas Torah, we felt so happy to have Hashem’s special present, the Torah! We danced and sang the whole day, showing how much we love the Torah and want to live with it all the time!

Even though the Yomim Tovim ended, we take them home with us after Tishrei is over!

When we daven every day, we should think about Who we are davening to. We can think about how we felt on Rosh Hashana, and we’ll be able to daven in the right way!

When the Yetzer Hara tries to get us to do something wrong during the day, we can think about how we felt on Yom Kippur. We can remember how much we want to feel close to Hashem, and say NO to the aveira!

When we get annoyed with a friend or our brother or sister, we can think about how much fun we had and how good we felt to dance with each other during Simchas Beis Hashoeivah! We can remember how glad we were to be together.

When it is time to go to school, we can think about Simchas Torah. We can remember how happy we are to have the Torah! We can feel a real simcha that we are able to go to school where we learn and keep the Torah.

Zayin Cheshvan has a special koach for us to start using all of the days of Tishrei to make our Avodas Hashem in the best way it can be!

Based on rally Beis Cheshvan Tof-Shin-Mem-Gimmel

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TEFILLAH

Strengthening Our Bitachon Through Davening

We have been learning about how the time of davening is a good time to make our bitachon in Hashem stronger.

In every Yid’s neshama, there is emunah in Hashem. A Yid believes that Hashem loves and cares for him, and is able to help him in everything he needs. But for us to feel it in a way that we will trust in Hashem and have bitachon because of it, we need to think about it. We learned about things we can think about during Pesukei Dezimra that will help make our bitachon stronger.

But that’s not ALL we need to have complete bitachon.

It doesn’t make sense to rely on Hashem and at the same time go against what Hashem says! Even though Hashem doesn’t expect us to be perfect, and with His chesed gives more than we deserve, we still need to try our best to do what Hashem wants from us.

A good place to strengthen this is in Kriyas Shema and the brachos before. In the brachos before Shema, we wake up our Ahava to Hashem so we will want to serve Hashem, and in Shema we say that we take upon ourselves Ol Malchus Shomayim, that we are ready to serve Hashem the best we can!

This way, we can have a much stronger bitachon in Hashem, so that when we stand before Hashem during Shemoneh Esrei, “Ke’avda Kamei Marei,” like a servant before his master, we will be sure that Hashem will give us all we need.

See Chovos Halevavos Shaar Habitachon

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HALACHOS HATZRICHOS

B"H on Letters

When you ask a Yid how he is feeling, what does he answer? Boruch Hashem!

Yidden are always thinking about Hashem, and are used to mentioning Hashem’s name often.

It is a minhag by Yidden that when we write something, we first mention Hashem. We write Boruch Hashem (B”H), Besiyata Dishmaya (BS”D), or something else like this.

We even do this on papers that have nothing to do with Torah. That’s because, really, the WHOLE world is full of the kavod of Hashem! There is nothing that doesn’t have to do with Hashem and His Torah. By writing B”H or BS”D on a letter, we are reminding ourselves how EVERYTHING is connected to Hashem!

Likutei Sichos vol. 6, p. 190, Shulchan Menachem vol. 5, p. 218

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שליח כ"ק אדמו"ר נשיא דורנו למדינת אילינוי

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GEULAH U'MOSHIACH

Mach Doh Eretz Yisroel!

We learn in Parshas Lech Lecha that Hashem promised Eretz Yisroel to Avraham’s children, the Yidden! Since then, every Yid feels connected to Eretz Yisroel and wants to be there.

A Chossid once came to the Tzemach Tzedek. He said that he very much wants to go to Eretz Yisroel.

The Tzemach Tzedek answered him, “Eretz Yisroel isn’t missing for R’ Hillel Paritcher, but it is for you!? Make this place into Eretz Yisroel — Mach Doh Eretz Yisroel!”

This chossid badly wanted to go to Eretz Yisroel. He could work on making his own place more like Eretz Yisroel, but he still won’t be getting what he wanted! So how did the Tzemach Tzedek’s answer help him?

The Rebbe explains that when Moshiach comes, the kedusha of Eretz Yisroel will spread out to the whole world! Part of our job in Golus is to get the world ready for this! When we work on making our part of the world into Eretz Yisroel by bringing in Elokus, we are getting it ready for Moshiach.

Now we can’t see that it is Eretz Yisroel, but when Moshiach comes we will see how our part of the world will change with the kedusha of Eretz Yisroel!

Other parts of the world will only really become Eretz Yisroel when Moshiach comes. But even now, when we prepare it for the way it will be when Moshiach comes, by learning Torah and doing mitzvos wherever we are, it starts to get the kedusha of Eretz Yisroel, which will be complete when Moshiach comes!

So by doing the avodah of “Mach Doh Eretz Yisroel,” the Tzemach Tzedek’s chossid really WAS starting to live —at least in Ruchnius — in Eretz Yisroel!

See Sicha Yud Shevat 5729

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