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Rishon with Rashi

Moshe is farbrenging with the Yidden, on his last day in the world — Zayin Adar:

“Today I turned 120 years old, and even though I am still healthy and strong, I am not allowed to decide things anymore — now Yehoshua is in charge. I also don’t have the koach to decide things in Torah anymore.

“Hashem won’t let me cross the Yarden, but Hashem will go ahead of you and fight against the Goyim living there, and Yehoshua will lead you into Eretz Yisroel.”



140 - 150

Today we are going to finish the whole Sefer Tehillim! Since there are only 29 days in Tishrei, we say the Tehillim for day 29 AND day 30, kapitelach Kuf-Mem to Kuf-Nun. We also say three kapitelach for Chodesh Elul: Pey-Hey, Pey-Vov, and Pey-Zayin.

In Kapitel Kuf-Mem-Zayin, Dovid Hamelech talks about the greatness of Hashem and how He runs the world! At the end, he says “Maggid Devarav LeYaakov, Chukav Umishpatav L’Yisrael.” “Hashem tells over His words to the Yidden, and His mitzvos.”

The Medrash says about this posuk that people will sometimes tell others to do something, even though THEY don’t do it! Like a person will say “Eat all the food on your plate” — even though they didn’t finish their chicken.

But Hashem does everything that He tells us to do! That’s why it says HIS words and HIS mitzvos — Hashem does them too!

For example, Hashem puts on Tefillin. The Gemara tells us that in OUR Tefillin, it says how great Hashem is. In HASHEM’S Tefillin, it says how special the Yidden are and how proud Hashem is that we make the world into a comfortable place for Hashem!

(We learn about this in the Bar Mitzvah Maamar!)



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Yud-Tes

This letter in Igeres Hakodesh is an explanation of inyonim in Chassidus. One of the inyonim explained here is the difference between what a Navi sees and what a Chochom understands about Hashem. Today we will learn the question that starts the explanation.

We learned in Parshas Ki Sisa that Moshe Rabbeinu asked for permission to see Hashem.

Hashem said he would be able to, but only the “back.” A person is not able to see the “face” of Hashem.

But if you look in Kabbalah and Chassidus, you will see that a person CAN understand what the “face” of Hashem means. In fact, if you learn this Igeres Hakodesh well, you can learn it right here!

Does that mean that the Arizal, and anyone else who knows Kabbalah, knew MORE than Moshe Rabbeinu? How could that be? Doesn’t it say in the end of Chumash that there will never be another Navi as great as Moshe Rabbeinu?



Chof-Tes Elul

Today is the birthday of the Tzemach Tzedek!

In a letter to a chosid, the Frierdiker Rebbe tells him that he needs to be very careful to stay healthy — the Torah warns us about this! Then the Friediker Rebbe tells him:

The Alter Rebbe says that we have NO IDEA how precious a Yid’s body is to Hashem!

This is also very important to think about Erev Rosh Hashana! Hashem judges us for all of the Gashmius things we will need this coming year — we need to remember how important it is to Hashem that Yidden should be healthy and have everything Gashmius that they need. This will help us as for these things in our davening.



Mitzvas Asei #207, Lo Saasei #302, Asei #205, Lo Saasei #303

In today’s Sefer Hamitzvos, we learn 4 mitzvos about Ahavas Yisroel:

1) (Mitzvas Asei #207) We have an extra mitzvah to love a Ger Tzedek, someone who became a Yid.

These next three mitzvos all come from the same posuk — that we shouldn’t hate someone, instead we should tell them that they did something wrong, but we can’t embarrass them when we do it!

2) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #302) We are not allowed to hate someone. If someone did something that makes us upset, we can’t be angry at them inside, instead we need to talk to them about it so we can become friends again.

3) (Mitzvas Asei #205) We need to tell someone if we see that they did an aveira (but only in a way that won’t embarrass them, Chas Veshalom).

4) (Mitzvas Lo Saasei #303) It is an aveira to embarrass another Yid.



Hilchos Deios

Perek Gimmel: In this perek, we learn that a person should make sure that the things they do are so they can do what Hashem wants. Instead of playing outside just because it’s fun, or eating healthy food because we don’t like going to the doctor, or sleeping because we like to — we should do these things because when we take care of ourselves, our neshama has a strong body to use to do lots of mitzvos!

In Perek Daled, the Rambam teaches which foods to eat to stay healthy. The Rambam also says that it is very important to exercise to be healthy. So go run around outside!

In Perek Hey, we learn how to act in a mentchlich, tznius’dike way, different from most of the world. A Yid should always have clean clothes, and not scream when he’s talking!



Hilchos Erkin VaCharamin - Perek Alef

We now start a new set of halachos, about when a person promises to make a donation to Hashem (to help pay for keeping the Beis Hamikdash running). We learn how to find out how much a person is worth, or a field, or other kinds of things. This is also a kind of Neder (promise) — which is what this Sefer of Rambam (Hafla’ah) is all about! This is a kind of promise called Nidrei Hekdesh.

In this first perek, the Rambam discusses the kinds of people who can make a neder to give a donation to Hashem, to be used in the Beis Hamikdash. Goyim are allowed to give certain donations.

There is also another kind of neder where we figure out how much someone is worth depending on how much people would pay for him as a slave.



Chassidishe Yom Tov

Today is the Tzemach Tzedek’s birthday!

In the time of the Tzemach Tzedek, the Chassidim were hoping more than ever before that Moshiach would come. The Tzemach Tzedek made shalom between the Chassidim and Misnagdim, and explained how Niglah and Chassidus fit together.

With all of that Achdus, Chassidim were sure that Moshiach must be coming right away!

Our Rebbe also made Achdus with all kinds of Yidden, and showed us how all parts of Torah are really connected! So we can be SURE that Moshiach MUST be coming right away!


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Maariv of the Night of Rosh Hashana

Today is Erev Yom Tov, so we don’t say Tachanun! We also don’t blow the shofar after davening, like we usually do during Chodesh Elul. One of the reasons why is so that we separate between the shofar blowing of Elul which is a minhag, and the shofar blowing on Rosh Hashana which is a mitzvah. It is a minhag to have extra kavana and daven Mincha, the last tefillah of the year, with extra kavana!


The Rebbeim would always have a very special davening on the first night of Rosh Hashana. In Tof-Shin-Nun-Beis, the Rebbe asked us that we also try to make our davening on the first night of Rosh Hashana extra special!

It is our minhag that after davening on the first night of Rosh Hashana, we wish each other personally, “Leshana Tova Tikaseiv Veseichaseim!” “You should be written and sealed for a good year!” (For a girl, we say “Leshana Tova Tikaseivi Veseichaseimi.”)



Erev Rosh Hashana

Here are some halacha newsletters for Rosh Hashana: Halacha Newsletter by Rabbi Lesches (Melbourne) and Day By Day Halachic Guide by Badatz of Crown Heights

Some of the things we need to do Erev Rosh Hashana are:

- An extra-long Selichos
- Hataras Nedarim (it’s not our minhag for women to do it)
- We DON’T blow the Shofar
- Give extra Tzedakah
- Write a Pa”n — we ask the Rebbe to ask Hashem for us that we should have a Shana Tova (The Rebbe is like the “head” of all Yidden, and since the head sometimes feels pain from the body more, and since the head is closer to Hashem, we make sure to ask the Rebbe — the head — to ask Hashem for a Shana Tova for each of us and for all Yidden together.)
- Make a hachlata

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



Asking for Moshiach

The Chida brings what it says in the Medrash Yalkut Shimoni, about hoping for Moshiach:

It says that in the zechus of our hoping and asking, we will deserve for Moshiach to come!

This helps us understand the bracha of “Es Tzemach” in Shemoneh Esrei: We ask Hashem to bring Moshiach, “Ki Lishuascha Kivinu Kol Hayom,” because we hope for Moshiach all day. We aren’t just telling Hashem that we want Moshiach so much, we are telling Hashem that even if we don’t deserve Moshiach for any other reason, we deserve to have Moshiach because we hoped and asked the whole time that he will come!

In the Tefillos for Rosh Hashana, we will see that in addition to asking for Moshiach in our regular davening during the year, the tefillos and piyutim of Rosh Hashana are full of requests asking Hashem to bring Moshiach now! May we be zocheh that this year be a year of the Geulah Sheleimah!

See Likutei Sichos vol. 30 p. 183

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