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Parshas Behaalosecha - Chamishi with Rashi

Today we see the first time that the Yidden traveled in the Midbar!

On the twentieth day of the month of Iyar, the year after the Yidden left Mitzrayim, the cloud went up from on top of the Mishkan, and the Yidden traveled for the first time after Matan Torah, from Har Sinai to Midbar Paran. Here’s how they traveled:

First, Yehudah, Yissachar, and Zevulun GOT READY to go. While they were doing that, the kohanim covered up the keilim of the Mishkan so they would be ready for the Leviim to carry. Then the Yidden actually started to travel!

1) First Yehudah, Yissachar, and Zevulun went

2) Then Gershon and Merari (who carried the Kerashim (boards) and Yerios (curtains) of the Mishkan) went

3) Reuven, Shimon, and Gad went

4) Kehos (who carried the keilim of the Mishkan, like the Aron, the Menorah and the Shulchan) went. (They didn’t go together with Gershon and Merari, they left later. That way by the time they come with the keilim to the place where the Yidden would settle, Gershon and Merari will have had enough time to set up the Mishkan itself.)

5) Then Efrayim, Menasheh, and Benyamin went

6) Finally, Dan, Asher, and Naftali went.


Now the Torah tells us about something that happened right before the Yidden began to travel.

Before they left Har Sinai, Moshe told Yisro that the Yidden were going to Eretz Yisrael. He asked Yisro to come, even though he was a Ger and wouldn’t get his own part of Eretz Yisroel.

Yisro said he had to go home. How would he be able to take care of his family if he comes to Eretz Yisroel and doesn’t have a place there?

Moshe convinced Yisro that he SHOULD come to Eretz Yisroel. If he leaves, Moshe told him, it will look like he only became a Ger because he thought he would get part of Eretz Yisroel! Also, Yisro can help the Yidden with good advice. Moshe promised Yisro that he would get a part of Eretz Yisroel for a while if he comes. (When the land in Eretz Yisroel was divided up many years later, part of the city of Yericho was set aside for the Shevet that would give up part of their land to build the Beis Hamikdash. Until the Beis Hamikdash was built, Yisro’s children were allowed to live there.)


Now we continue learning about the Yidden’s first journey from Har Sinai.

Hashem made a special neis: In one day, they went very far — what usually takes THREE days to go, they went all in one day! That was because Hashem really wanted the Yidden to able to go into Eretz Yisroel right away! (As we will see in the next parsha, because of the story of the Meraglim, in the end the Yidden needed to stay in the Midbar for 40 years.)

An Aron went ahead of the Yidden, to prepare the place where the Yidden were going to camp next.

This was not the same Aron as the one that was in the Mishkan. Before Moshe Rabbeinu went up to Har Sinai to get the second Luchos, Hashem told him that he would need to keep the luchos in an Aron. There was no Mishkan yet, and Moshe himself prepared an Aron to hold the broken Luchos and the second Luchos. When the Mishkan was built, the second Luchos were kept in the Aron in the Mishkan, and the broken Luchos stayed in Moshe’s Aron and traveled in front of the Yidden, and together with them when they went to fight.

When the Yidden traveled, there were seven clouds with the Yidden: One on top, one on bottom, and four around on each side. The seventh cloud went in front of them, flattened out the mountains so the Yidden would have a smooth path, and killed the snakes and scorpions so the Yidden would feel safe.



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Many of the Kapitelach in today’s Tehillim are about when Moshiach comes!

Kapitel Tzadik-Hey and Tzadik-Vov are about how we will tell each other to come sing to Hashem and thank Him for His nissim.

In the third posuk of Kapitel Tzadik-Hey, it says that we will thank Hashem because He is a Melech Gadol, a big King. Hashem will be King over the WHOLE world when Moshiach comes — EVERYONE will follow Hashem’s rules!



Shaar Hayichud Veha'emunah Perek Zayin

Right in the beginning of Shaar HaYichud VeHaEmunah, the Alter Rebbe said we are going to understand about Yichuda Ila’ah and Yichuda Tata’a. The Alter Rebbe will soon explain what this means, but first we need to learn about another name of Hashem. We learned about the names of Havaya and Elokim, and today we will learn about the name of Alef-Daled-Nun-Yud.

Hashem wanted to show His chesed, so He made a world where we can keep Torah and mitzvos and be close to Hashem. That is Hashem’s Midah of chesed, connected with the name Havaya.

But for this world to be a world of chesed, Hashem has to hide Himself with the Midah of Gevurah. If not, the world would feel Hashem the whole time and we wouldn’t feel like people — we’d be like malochim who can’t do mitzvos! That hiding of Hashem in the world is connected to the name Elokim.

But what’s wrong if we ARE like malochim? Why do we need to be regular people?

Because Hashem has a plan for the world. What’s the plan? Hashem wants to be King over the whole world — the midah of Malchus.

The only way Hashem can be a King is if He is hidden. A king can’t rule over his own children, he needs to rule over OTHER people! When Hashem is hidden, we feel like we are separate from Hashem, and Hashem can rule over us.

Hashem’s chesed has a name: Havaya. Hashem’s gevurah (hiding) has a name — Elokim. Hashem’s being King, the Midah of Malchus, ALSO has a special name — the name Ad-nay.

Now that we learned about these three midos and names of Hashem, we will be able to understand what Yichuda Tata’ah and Yichuda Ila’ah are, which will start learn in tomorrow’s Tanya.



Yud-Tes Sivan

When the Rebbe Maharash was 18 years old, the Tzemach Tzedek started to learn an extra shiur with him:

They learned for 2 and a half hours every day, starting at 10:00 at night in the winter, and at 4:00 in the morning in the summer.

For two years, they studied Kabbalah with how Chassidus explains it, and then for the next almost 2 years, they learned seforim of Chakirah (philosophy) — like Moreh Nevuchim and Kuzari, according to Chassidus.



Shiur #311 - Mitzvas Asei #248

Today, we learn the same mitzvah again (Mitzvas Asei #248) — that we need to give the yerusha (inheritance) to the right people as it says in the Torah. This includes that the bechor gets a double portion.

We learn this mitzvah from Parshas Pinchas: אִישׁ כִּי יָמוּת וּבֵן אֵין לוֹ

The halachos are explained in Mesechta Bava Basra perakim Ches and Tes.



Hilchos Nachalos

Perek Vov: In this perek, we learn that we are not allowed to change who is supposed to get the yerusha! A person can give away his property as a present, to keep his son from getting it, but he can’t say that his son doesn’t get part of the yerusha, because that is given by the Torah.

But the Chachomim teach us that it is NOT a good thing for a person to give away all of a his property to keep the children from getting a part of the yerusha.

Perek Zayin teaches us that the Beis Din doesn’t let someone have their part of the yerusha until they are sure that the person really passed away. So if the father disappeared when he was on a long trip, the sons don’t get the yerusha even if they think that their father must have passed away.

Perek Ches is a very short perek! The Rambam teaches us that we don’t let a different relative take care of a field for a child under Bar Mitzvah who got it as a yerusha. That’s because that relative might then say that it was HIS field that he got as a yerusha, and people could believe him, since after all, he is a relative.



Hilchos Mamrim - Perek Hey

Now we start to learn about the two Mitzvas Lo Saasei about Kibud Av Va’eim. We learn about not cursing and not hurting our parents. One halacha that we learn is that if the son is a doctor, and the father needs something done that will make him bleed, the son should try to find a different doctor to do it, and if there is no one else, he should ask permission first.



Tzivos Hashem

Today we are going to learn about what a nisayon is, which is connected with what we are learning about now in Tanya, the names of Havaya and Elokim.

Let’s say your mother asks you, “Did you daven today?”

Right away, you think, “If I say ‘no,’ Mommy will ask me to daven now, and I don’t want to! It will be hard! Plus, she might get upset that I was playing all morning and didn’t daven first like I was supposed to.

“But I remember that I’m in Tzivos Hashem, and I need to win over my Yetzer Hara! I know it’s the right thing to tell the truth.

“But then again, what if Mommy gets angry at me?”

Really, we don’t know if Mommy will really be so upset, and we don’t know if davening will really be so hard. This is a nisayon! It’s a test from Hashem where something seems very hard, but if we decide to do the right thing, we might discover that it wasn’t so hard after all!

Mommy might be very proud that you told the truth, the davening could turn out to be fun, and you might get a prize afterwards too!

In a nisayon, Hashem is hiding Himself. Hashem is using the name of Elokim, where Hashem is hiding. That way we can be free to choose! But when we make the right decision, we can break through the hiding place and be able to see Hashem with the name Havaya, where we can feel the goodness of Hashem — feeling proud and good that we did the right thing!

(There is a very famous maamar of the Rebbe Rashab called “Veyadaata Moskva” — which is based on the posuk we’re learning about now in Tanya! In this maamar, the Rebbe Rashab explains what a nisayon is and how to overcome it.)


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Avodas HaTefillah Nowadays

There are some Chassidim who say that davening with avodah isn’t so important nowadays. They say that the Rebbe didn’t write many letters about davening, and the Rebbe spoke about mivtzoyim at farbrengens, and not about Tefillah! That proves that it isn’t something we need to do nowadays, because otherwise the Rebbe would have talked about it more!

The Rebbe says that this is a foolish thought! If you look at the Igros of the Frierdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe Rashab, and learn their sichos, you will see that they already wrote about it and farbrenged about it many times! So where is the excuse not to daven properly?

From sicha of Parshas Ki Sisa, 5740; see se’ifim 21 and 27



Birchos HaTorah

In the morning, we say a group of brachos called Birchos Hashachar, the brachos for the morning. We thank Hashem for all of the things we enjoy each day, like being able to get up, to see, and that we have mitzvos.

Then we say three special brachos to thank Hashem for one of the things we appreciate more than anything else — the Torah!

The first bracha we say is like the bracha we say before many mitzvos: “Asher Kidishanu Bemitzvosav Vetzivanu Al Divrei Sorah,” that Hashem made us holy by giving us the mitzvah of learning Torah.

Then we say two more brachos, speaking about the sweetness of Torah and about how lucky we are that Hashem chose to give it only to Yidden!

Since we made a bracha on saying words of Torah, it is best not to interrupt with anything else. Just like we do a mitzvah right after we make the bracha on the mitzvah, we should learn Torah right after making the bracha on learning Torah!

First, we say pesukim from the Chumash, Torah Shebichsav (the pesukim of Birchas Kohanim, from Parshas Naso). Then we also say a part of the Torah Shebaal Peh, from Mishnayos Pe’ah, that starts with the words Eilu Devarim. This way, we started doing the mitzvah or learning Torah right away!

See the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch, siman Mem-Zayin

לעילוי נשמת הרה״ח ר׳ דניאל יצחק ע״ה בן ר׳ אפרים שי׳ מאסקאוויץ
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Dira BeTachtonim

We are going to learn a famous Medrash, that is connected to what we are learning in Tanya.

In today’s Tanya, we learn that Hashem wanted the world to be a place where Hashem can be King. We see this in the Medrash, that Hashem wanted to be able to rest in a place that is “Tachtonim,” a place that feels lower and separate from Hashem, like a king rules over separate people.

The Medrash says:

אָמַר רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָן בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁבָּרָא הַקָדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֶת הָעוֹלָם נִתְאַוֶה שֶׁיְהֵא לוֹ דִירָה בְּתַּחְתּוֹנִים כְּמוֹ שֶׁיֵשׁ בָּעֶלְיוֹנִים

Amar Rabi Shmuel bar Nachman — Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachman says:

Besha’ah Shebara Hakadosh Baruch Hu Es Ha’olam — At the time when Hashem created the world

Nisaveh Sheyehei Lo Dira Betachtonim — Hashem wanted to have a Dira Betachtonim, a resting place below

Kemo Sheyesh Ba’elyonim — Like there is in Shomayim above.

The Medrash explains that as soon as Hashem created a Gashmius world and gave Adam Harishon mitzvos to keep, this happened! But because of aveiros that were done, starting with the Cheit Eitz Hadaas, Hashem wasn’t fully able to rest in the world anymore until the time of Matan Torah and when the Mishkan was built.

When Moshiach comes, Hashem will have a complete Dira Betachtonim! It will still be a Gashmius world, but everyone will be able to see that it’s Hashem’s world.

See Medrash Tanchuma Naso 7:1, Maamar Basi Legani 5711

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