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Shvi'i with Rashi

In today’s Chumash, we learn about a person who gives a field to Hashem. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good field that grows very well or not such a good field — it costs the same amount to buy it from the Beis Hamikdash: 50 shekels for the space it takes to plant a “kor” of barley seeds.

We learned before that when you buy houses or fields in Eretz Yisroel, you are only buying them until Yovel, so you pay only for that time. The same thing is also with this field that was given as a present to Hashem: 50 shekel divided by 49 years (the years of Yovel) is a shekel and a pundyon per year. The person pays based on the amount of time left until the next Yovel — a shekel and a pundyon per year.

If the person who gave it to the Beis Hamikdash wants to buy it back, he has to pay an extra fifth, and then the field will belong to him again in Yovel.

If he doesn’t buy it back before Yovel, then he lost his chance! The kohanim sell it to someone else, and in the next Yovel, it goes to the kohanim, not to the first owner!

If someone bought a field which was not part of his yerusha in Eretz Yisroel, and he decides to give it as a present to Hashem, the halachos are different. If he doesn’t buy it back before Yovel, it doesn’t belong to the kohanim forever, instead it goes back to the original owner. It wasn’t HIS field to give away, just a field he bought until Yovel. So when he gives it to Hashem, he is only giving it until Yovel.

One thing a person can’t give as a present to Hashem is a firstborn animal, since it already belongs to Hashem!

Usually, when a person gives a kosher animal as a present to Hashem, it belongs to the Beis Hamikdash. With a non-kosher animal, like a horse, it is different. The kohen decides how much it is worth, and if the person wants he can buy it back, by paying that amount plus an extra fifth. If not, the kohen sells it to someone else.

Another way to give a present to Hashem is called Cherem. If a person says that something is Cherem, it belongs to the kohanim, and he can’t buy it back.

A person can also say that something is a Cherem for Hashem. Then it goes to pay for things for the Mishkan or Beis Hamikdash, and it can be bought back like other presents to Hashem.

We learned that we can give the amount of money someone is worth as a present to Hashem, called Erkin. But if a person decides to give an amount of money for a person who is going to be killed by Beis Din, it doesn’t mean anything. There is no amount of money given for someone who is going to be killed.

We also learn about Maaser Sheini. Maaser Sheini means that a person needs to bring 1 of every 10 of his grain (like wheat and barley), wine, and oil from that year. He needs to take it to Yerushalayim and eat it there!

If a person doesn’t want to bring the food to Yerushalayim, he can pay the amount of money the food is worth plus an extra 1/5th, and then he can use the money to buy another kind of food and eat it in Yerushalayim.

We also learn about Maaser Beheimah. It is a mitzvah to give the tenth of each baby sheep or cow to Hashem. This is done by letting the animals out of their pen one at a time. The 10th one is marked with a red line so we know that this one is maaser! Even if this animal gets a mum and can’t bring it as a korban, it still belongs to Hashem and can’t be traded for a different animal.

The Torah finishes off all of these mitzvos by saying that these are the mitzvos that Hashem told Moshe to tell the Yidden when they camped by Har Sinai.

Chazak, Chazak, Venis’chazeik! Mazel Tov! We now finish the sefer of Vayikra!



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A Chossid once complained to the Rebbe Maharash about how hard it is for him at home, because he has no money. He said (from today’s Tehillim), “MeiAyin Yavo Ezri?” “Where will my help come from?”

The Rebbe Maharash answered, “Your answer is in the next posuk! ‘Ezri Me’Im Hashem, Osei Shomayim VaAretz!’ Your help comes from Hashem, Who takes care of everything in the Shomayim and the earth. He gives everything what it needs in the right time, and He will take care of you too!”



Likutei Amarim Perek Nun-Beis

Yesterday, we learned about the Shechinah, and how the chayus for every part of the world, and the neshamos of Yidden, come through the Shechinah.

The Alter Rebbe tells us today that even though everything comes through the Shechinah, the light of Hashem is still too strong, and the world wouldn’t be able to exist if it got its chayus straight through the Shechinah. It needs to get “covered” so every part of the world can get its chayus.

The “cover” for the light of Hashem is the Torah and mitzvos, because it can handle the chayus of Hashem, and is also Gashmius!

Since the Torah and mitzvos are the Chochmah and Ratzon of Hashem, the chayus of Hashem is not too strong for them. Still, the Torah talks about Gashmius things in the world, and we use the Gashmius of the world to do mitzvos.

Once Torah covers the light of Hashem with the Chochmah and Ratzon of Hashem the way they are in Gashmius, the world (which is also Gashmius) can get its chayus.



Chof-Zayin Iyar

Today is forty-two days of the Omer!

The Rebbe Rashab heard from his father (the Rebbe Maharash), who heard from HIS father (the Tzemach Tzedek), who heard from the Alter Rebbe, that the Alter Rebbe would say that he was a son of the Maggid of Mezritch and a grandson of the Baal Shem Tov.

Even though the Maggid was his Rebbe, not his father, he still felt like he was a child of the Maggid!

In one of the first years after the Rebbe became Rebbe, he gave the bochurim a bracha on Erev Yom Kippur, like a father gives a bracha to a son. The Rebbe said: “Since you are learning in the Rebbe’s Yeshiva, you are the Rebbe’s children!” (“Ir lernt in dem Rebben’s Yeshiva, zaint ir doch dem Rebben’s kinder.”) and then gave them the bracha of Birchas Kohanim, like a father gives to his son.



Mitzvas Asei #98

Today’s mitzvah is the same one again (Mitzvas Asei #98) that we need to know about how food can become tomei, so we can follow all of those halachos.



Hilchos Tumas Ochlin

In today’s Rambam, we learn more about how food and drinks can become tomei. They can only become tomei if they got wet on purpose with one of seven liquids.

In Perek Yud-Gimmel the Rambam explains that only water that we wanted to be brought can make foods tomei. For example, if you were pushed into a lake, the water on your clothes was taken out of the lake without you wanting it to be, and it doesn’t make food able to become tomei.

In Perek Yud-Daled we learn about when food becomes wet, but we didn’t want it to get wet. If we are happy that it got wet, it’s counted like we did it on purpose, and the food can now become Tomei.

Perek Tes-Vov teaches us about how water can become tomei: Water can become tomei if it was in a keili, and then anything that touches it (even not on purpose) becomes tomei too.



Hilchos Ishus - Perek Chof-Beis

This perek discusses the halachos about property that belongs to a woman when she gets married. Often, they belong to her husband if she passes away.



Hachana L'Chag Hashavuos

The Rebbe told us that from Shabbos Mevorchim Sivan (today), we should start getting ready for Shavuos! One of the things that the Rebbe told us we should do is that everybody should wish their friends (and kids should too!) a very special bracha for Shavuos:

What is this bracha? “Kabolas HaTorah beSimcha ubePnimius” — “you should get the Torah with simcha (happiness) and make it a part of you!”

The Rebbe said that we should use exactly these words, without adding or taking away any words. This is the way the Friediker Rebbe said it, so we should say it too.

When we bentch someone else to have Kabolas HaTorah beSimcha ubePnimius, that helps also that OUR Kabolas HaTorah should be with simcha and pnimius!


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Elokai Netzor

During the times of the Gemara, many of the Chachomim would add their own tefillah at the end of Shemoneh Esrei. One of these tefillos later became part of Shemoneh Esrei for all of us, the paragraph of Elokai Netzor.

First, we ask Hashem to help us treat other people properly. We say, “Elokai, Netzor Leshoni!” “Hashem, protect my tongue!” We ask Hashem to help us speak to others in an honest way, not saying not nice things or pretending to be nice when we’re really trying to hurt others. We ask Hashem to help us stay away from machlokes, and not even to think badly about another person!

We ask Hashem that we should be humble, and that Hashem should open our heart to understand Torah, and to WANT to do mitzvos and connect to Hashem.

If anyone or anything is trying to keep us from doing this, Hashem should protect us from them!

Some more things were later added to this paragraph, which we will IY”H learn about over the next few days.



Keeping Milchigs and Fleishigs Separate

As Chassidim we need to be EXTRA careful to act the way Shulchan Aruch teaches us!

Here is one halacha about Basar BeChalav that maybe you didn’t know:

Let’s say it’s Shavuos, and your brother is noshing the cheesecake. You already finished more than an hour ago, and you want a piece of shnitzel now. You need to put something called a “Heker” on the table. The heker will remind you not to sneak a taste of your brother’s food!

One heker that Shulchan Aruch teaches us is for one person to eat on a tablecloth, and the other person not to. Another heker can be putting something between you that you usually don’t put on the table, like maybe a toy!

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



Techiyas Hameisim

The Navi Yeshaya asks Hashem that the Yidden should have Techiyas Hameisim in the times of the Geulah!

יִחְיוּ מֵתֶיךָ נְבֵלָתִי יְקוּמוּן הָקִיצוּ וְרַנְּנוּ שֹׁכְנֵי עָפָר כִּי טַל אוֹרֹת טַלֶּךָ וָאָרֶץ רְפָאִים תַּפִּיל

Yichyu Meisecha — Those that passed away should come to life

Neveilasi Yekumun — Those who embarrassed themselves for Hashem, and passed away, should get up.

Hakitzu Veranenu Shochnei Afar — Hashem will tell those who are buried in the earth to get up and sing!

Ki Tal Oros Talecha — Because the Torah and mitzvos that they did (which are compared to dew) will be a dew of light, which will bring them Techiyas Hameisim.

Va’aretz Refa’im Tapil — And the earth should spit out anyone who is buried inside!

See Yeshaya perek Chof-Vov, posuk Yud-Tes

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