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Parshas Ki Sisa - Shishi with Rashi

Hashem agreed to make the Yidden special, and to only make the Shechinah rest with the Yidden.

Hashem was very happy that Moshe had asked the Yidden to be forgiven with the Yud-Gimmel Midos HoRachamim. Even though before Hashem said that the Yud-Gimmel Midos will only help IF Hashem gives permission, now Hashem said that Moshe has permission to use them ALL the time!

Hashem said that He would give Moshe new luchos, but He is also making the Yidden promise again to keep the following mitzvos and only serve Hashem, like they promised before Cheit HaEigel:

- Don’t leave Avodah Zarah in Eretz Yisroel, from the nations who live there now!

- Keep the Yom Tov of Pesach!

- Give Hashem every firstborn boy (Pidyon Haben), firstborn kosher animals, and firstborn donkeys. (We give them to Hashem by giving them to the Kohanim.)

- Bring a korban when you come to the Beis Hamikdash for Yom Tov!

- Rest in the Shemitah year!

- Keep the “Shalosh Regalim” — the three Yomim Tovim where we need to go to the Beis HamikdashPesach, Shavuos, and Sukkos!

- Bring the Korban Pesach only after you get rid of all your chometz!

- Bring bikurim to Hashem!

- Don’t use meat and milk cooked together, even if you’re not eating it!



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Every single kapitel in today’s Tehillim has a special niggun which was made in honor of the Rebbe’s Yom Huledes! Can you find the niggun in each one?

In Kapitel Pey-Daled, the posuk says “Yeilchu Mechayil El Choyil, Yeiro’eh El Elokim BeTzion.” This means that people who trust in Hashem go from strength to strength, and they go before Hashem in Yerushalayim.

The Rebbe tells us that Yeilchu Meichayil El Choyil, when we are always doing better than before, brings Yeiro’eh El Elokim Betzion, that we will be able to go to the Beis Hamikdosh! When we keep trying to do better, every single day and every single hour, we will bring Moshiach!

Chassidus says that there is a new chayus from Hashem that comes into the world, not just every day, but every hour! When that chayus comes, we get more opportunities to grow in Yiddishkeit! We need to make sure to use that new energy to do more!

See Yechidus to Bar/Bas Mitzvah 26 Nissan 5751



Likutei Amarim Perek Lamed

The Alter Rebbe is showing us how it’s possible for a person to truly feel humble before ANY person. Because you can’t judge another person unless you understand the hardships of what he goes through.

Today the Alter Rebbe tells us that this is not an excuse for us to not control our Yetzer Hara, even though it might be hard!

It is very important to be Dan Lekaf Zechus, to judge a person for good.

But even though we are not judging the person badly, it is wrong if a person is not controlling his Yetzer Hara! We shouldn’t think it’s okay to not fight with our Yetzer Hara, because Hashem is watching and Hashem gives us koach to win over the Yetzer Hara.



Yud-Zayin Adar Alef

This story happened before the Alter Rebbe was arrested and then came out of jail. After that happened, the Alter Rebbe would say much longer Chassidus. This was a whole maamar, and you can see it was very short!

Once the Alter Rebbe came out to the Chassidim and said, “In Gan Eden, all of the Malochim see how special it is to do a mitzvah in this world! They would give anything for one “Amen Yehei Shmei Rabbah” of a Yid who says it with his whole kavana!”

When the Chassidim heard this, everyone was so excited! For a whole year, everyone said “Amen Yehei Shmei Rabbah” with a lot of kavana!



Shiur #175 - Mitzvas Asei #49

(Mitzvas Asei #49) Today's mitzvah is that we have to do ALL of the Avodah of Yom Kippur! Even though there are lots of details that are done as part of the Avodah, they are all really part of this one mitzvah.

The whole mitzvah is explained in its own MesechtaMesechta Yoma.



Hilchos Avodas Yom HaKipurim

In today's Rambam, we start a new section — we start to learn about the Avodah of Yom Kippur!

Perek Alef teaches us how the Kohen Gadol gets ready for Yom Kippur.

Perek Beis explains how he made himself tahor and about the Vidui — using Hashem’s special name!

Perek Gimmel explains how the goat for Azazel worked.

These perakim are all very exciting to read through. Reading it with all of the details can make you feel like you are watching it happen in the Beis Hamikdash!



Hilchos Pesulei Hamukdashin - Perek Yud-Alef

In this perek, we learn what can make a Korban Mincha posul.



Ahavas Yisroel

Chassidim used to say to each other, “In this piece of bread that Hashem gave me, there is a piece that belongs to you or another Yid. If I take it, it is stealing!”

There was a certain chossid that showed this by how he acted. This Chossid was a big Talmid Chochom — he knew the entire Gemara, with Rashi and Tosfos, by heart! His work was to do business in many faraway villages, and wherever he traveled, he was able to learn without having any seforim!

If his business went better than he expected and he made more money than usual, he would say that a letter from the Rebbe, asking for tzedakah, had come to his house! Or maybe there was a meshulach now in his town! This extra money must belong to them.

By these Chassidim, this is how they lived. Hashem gives something to me in order to help another Yid — and that is Ahavas Yisroel.

Sefer Hasichos Tof-Reish-Tzadik-Tes p. 338


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Uva Letzion

Here are two more reasons why we say Uva Letzion after Kapitel Chof in davening:

Once there was a gezeira that the Yidden were not allowed to say Kedusha. Guards were put in shul to make sure that nobody tried to say this special tefillah!

After Shemoneh Esrei was over, and the guards saw that nobody said Kedusha, they would leave. So the Chachomim of the time taught that we should say at least the holy words of Kedusha in Uva Letzion.

Also, Uva Letzion comes at the end of our tefillos. We already did teshuvah in Vidui, and we know that the Geulah comes after the Yidden do teshuvah! We see this in the beginning of Uva Letzion too: “Uva Letzion Goel Uleshavei Fesha BeYaakov” — “A redeemer (Moshiach) will come to Tzion, and to those Yidden who did teshuvah.”

Now that we have done teshuvah, we can ask Hashem to accept our tefillos — especially to bring the Geulah!



Shabbos Baths

After we take a Shabbos bath or shower, we should put on our Shabbos clothes right away. It’s good to take our bath or shower closer to Shabbos, so that it’s easy to see why we’re wearing these clean, fancy clothes: Lekavod Shabbos Kodesh!

See the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch, Siman Reish-Samach-Beis, se’if hey

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!

See Likutei Sichos vol. 30 p. 183

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