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Parshas Va'eschanan - Revi'i with Rashi

Moshe Rabbeinu reminds the Yidden about the Aseres Hadibros that they heard by Matan Torah!

At Matan Torah, Hashem spoke to the Yidden face to face! Moshe reviews each of the Aseres Hadibros — do you know them?

1) Believe in Hashem!
2) Don’t make or daven to Avodah Zarah.
3) Don’t promise in Hashem’s name for no reason.
4) Keep Shabbos!
5) Kibbud Av Va’em
6) Don’t kill.
7) Don’t get married to a woman who is already married.
8) Don’t kidnap.
9) Don’t lie to a Beis Din if you are a witness.
10) Don’t be jealous of things that belong to someone else.



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Today’s kapitelach of Tehillim are Samach-Tes to Ayin-Alef.

One of the pesukim in Kapitel Samech-Tes is “Va’ani Sefilosi Lecha Hashem Eis Ratzon.” We ask Hashem that our Tefilos should come at a special time! We say this posuk every day in Mah Tovu.

There is another place we say this posuk as well — before we take the Torah out on Shabbos at Mincha time. The reason why we say it by Mincha on Shabbos is because that’s ALSO a very special time, the most special time of the whole Shabbos! This special time of Mincha on Shabbos has its own name in the Zohar, it is called “Raavah Deraavin.



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Daled

Many letters in Igeres HaKodesh are about how special it is to give Tzedakah. This is another one:

The Gemara says that the Geulah will come because the Yidden give Tzedakah! (We know this from a posuk in last week’s haftorah, the haftorah for Parshas Devarim, Shabbos ChazonVeshaveha B’Tzedakah!)

Of course, this means the Geulah for all of the Yidden with Moshiach! But the Alter Rebbe teaches us that it is also talking about something else that is in Golus — our Pnimius Halev.

What is Pnimius Halev? That is the strong feelings we have for something in a way that is higher than sechel, a way that doesn’t need to have reasons and we don’t need to understand. These feelings come from very deep inside of us.

In Ruchnius, our Pnimius Halev has a feeling of NEEDING Hashem! It is the feeling of connecting to Hashem, even if we usually don’t feel so Ruchnius’dik. A person might have these feelings during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, or in a scary time.

In Gashmius, though, our Pnimius Halev thinks that it NEEDS money! It is ready to do ANYTHING to have money or Gashmius things, even things that make no sense in sechel! A person might do very strange things to get people to buy his products, or do something dangerous just to save his cell phone.

The problem is that a person only has room for one Pnimius Halev at a time. And very often, the Pnimius Halev of the guf is the one that is there — the Pnimius Halev that NEEDS money, and not the Pnimius Halev that NEEDS Yiddishkeit.

Then the Pnimius Halev of the neshama is stuck in Golus.

So how do we get it out of Golus?

The truth is that we need Hashem’s help — but there is something we can do to GET Hashem’s help!

When we use the Pnimius Halev of our Guf for Hashem, then Hashem will take our Pnimius Halev out of Golus! We do this by taking that same money that our Pnimius Halev was so excited about, and give it to Hashem — we give it to tzedakah.

Then Hashem will give us tzedakah too! When we daven, Hashem will take our Pnimius Halev out of Golus, so we can feel excited about what really counts, our connection to Hashem!



Yud-Gimmel Menachem Av

Reminder: When we lein the Aseres Hadibros in shul on Shabbos, stand up and face the Sefer Torah.

Shema is also in this week’s Parsha, Parshas Vaeschanan! In today’s Hayom Yom, we learn a deeper meaning of one of the pesukim in Shema:

In Shema, it says “Vedibarta Bam” — “you should say them.” What is “them”? The words of Torah! But there are 4 kinds of learning Torah that this posuk is hinting to:

1) Beshivtecha Beveisecha (when you sit in your house) — the way the neshama learns Torah when it is “home” in Shomayim, before it comes down in the world.

2) Uvelechtecha Baderech (when you go on your way) — When the neshama comes down into the world, into a body. There, it goes “on its way” its whole life!

3) Uveshachbecha (when you lie down) — when a person passes away. Even then the Torah protects him!

4) Uvekumecha (when you get up) — when we have Techiyas Hameisim we will learn Torah more!



Shiur #9 - 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.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Eikev: וַאֲהַבְתֶּם אֶת הַגֵּר

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.

We learn this mitzvah from a posuk in Parshas Kedoshim: לֹא תִשְׂנָא אֶת אָחִיךָ בִּלְבָבֶךָ

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).

We learn this mitzvah from the same posuk in Parshas Kedoshim: הוֹכֵחַ תּוֹכִיחַ אֶת עֲמִיתֶךָ

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

We learn this mitzvah from the same posuk in Parshas Kedoshim: וְלֹא תִשָּׂא עָלָיו חֵטְא



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 Keilim - Perek Beis

This perek teaches us the dinim of a Klei Kibul. A Klei Kibul is a keili that has space inside to hold something (even just one drop).



Learning Torah

A six-year old boy once came with his father to the Rebbe for Tishrei.

While they were there, the father had Yechidus with the Rebbe and brought his son in together with them.

At the Yechidus, the Rebbe asked the boy what he had learned that day. The boy wasn’t in school in Crown Heights, and didn’t have anything to answer the Rebbe.

The Rebbe looked at the boy’s father. It was clear that the Rebbe was disappointed. “How could this be?” the Rebbe asked him.

Even if we are not in school, we need to be learning every day!

Seen in Perspectives Magazine vol. 18, published by Merkaz Anash


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Terumas Hadeshen

When we say the pesukim describing korbanos in the Beis Hamikdash during davening, Hashem counts it as if we are actually bringing these korbanos!

The first part of the korbanos that we say in davening is the paragraph talking about the Terumas Hadeshen. This is when the kohanim would clean off the ashes on the Mizbeiach from the korbanos of the day before so it would be ready for the new day.

Terumas Hadeshen was the first avodah in the Beis Hamikdash every day, and so it’s also the first part of korbanos in our davening.

Chassidus explains a Ruchnius’dike reason why we say the Terumas Hadeshen first. A person might think he is very special, since he learns Torah and does mitzvos. He thinks he doesn’t have anything he needs to do better. But when he comes to daven, he is reminded that he first needs to clean off his “ashes,” the parts of his behavior that are not appropriate. Coming close to Hashem in davening helps him realize that he needs to fix things up, and he will work on himself to become better!

See Sefer Hamaamarim Tof-Shin-Zayin p. 203, Ohr Hatefillah, vol. 2, p. 232



Tzedakah Before Learning

Ani Betzedek Echezeh Panecha.” “With tzedek I will see Your face.”

The Chachomim explain this posuk to mean that with tzedakah (tzedek) we will see Hashem’s face in davening. It teaches us that in order to be close to Hashem when we daven, we should first give tzedakah.

The Rebbe adds that learning Torah is also coming close to Hashem, “seeing Hashem’s face.” So based on this posuk, we should also give tzedakah before learning Torah!

Giving tzedakah before learning also helps our learning. One of the rewards for giving tzedakah is that our mind and heart become a thousand times more clear. This will help us have hatzlacha in our learning!

See Toras Menachem 5749,vol. 2. p. 223, Shulchan Menachem vol. 4, p. 231

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



Seeing Elokus

This week’s Chassidishe Parsha in Likutei Torah, Parsha Vaeschanan, has the most maamorim of all the parshios in Chumash Devarim!

In the first maamar, the Alter Rebbe explains to us why Moshe Rabbeinu wanted so much to go into Eretz Yisroel:

If Moshe Rabbeinu had led the Yidden into Eretz Yisroel, the Yidden would have been able to see Hashem! It would make the Geulah of coming out of Mitzrayim and into Eretz Yisroel a permanent Geulah -- with no other Golus afterwards. It would have been the times of Moshiach, right away!

The Alter Rebbe tells us a story to explain what it means to understand Elokus in a way of Re’iyah, seeing:

One time R’ Avraham Halevi, a talmid of the Arizal, came to his Rebbe the Arizal. When he came, he saw that the Arizal was resting. After about two hours, the Arizal woke up. He told R’ Avraham Halevi what he had seen when he was asleep: He had gone to the Yeshiva Shel Maalah, and seen secrets about the parshios of Balak and Bilaam that he wouldn’t be able to explain, even if he spent 80 years straight speaking!

How is it possible that in two hours of resting the Arizal was able to see something in the Yeshiva Shel Maalah that it would take more than eighty years to say?

It’s because what he learned in the Yeshiva Shel Maalah was in a way of SEEING the secrets of Torah, not hearing them. And seeing something teaches us in a much greater way than ANY amount of explaining!

That’s the way the Yidden would have recognized Elokus if Moshe Rabbeinu would have brought them into Eretz Yisroel, and that’s the way we’ll see Elokus when Moshiach comes!

In order for the Geulah to be something that Yidden earned, Hashem wanted Yehoshua to lead the Yidden into Eretz Yisroel. But it wasn’t a complete Geulah — we were sent into Golus many times after that. And in the end, the complete Geulah will come through OUR work!

Even though the Yidden didn’t get the complete Geulah then, we are now at the very end of Golus. Soon we will be able to experience this kind of SEEING Elokus with the final Geulah, which will never have another Golus afterwards!

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