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Chamishi with Rashi

Moshe is still farbrenging with the Yidden, teaching them how to act, so that they will be successful in Eretz Yisroel.

“Yidden! What does Hashem want from you? Just to have Yiras Shomayim, so you will do all the mitzvos!

“Hashem chose YOU from all of the goyim! Don’t make Him upset at you — listen to His mitzvos! Look at all of the special things Hashem did for you, like making the Yidden have so many kinderlach and grow and grow, and taking you out of Mitzrayim!

“Remember all of the ways Hashem helped you in the Midbar — and also remember what happened to the Yidden who didn’t listen to Hashem. So do what Hashem wants, and you will be able to live in Eretz Yisroel for a long time!”



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Today’s kapitelach are Kuf-Daled and Kuf-Hey.

In today’s Tehillim, in Kapitel Kuf-Hey, it speaks about the history of the events that led all the way up until when the Yidden went into Eretz Yisroel. It tells how Hashem promised the land to Avraham, how the Yidden had to go down to Mitzrayim because of the hunger, how Hashem took the Yidden out of Mitzrayim, and the nissim that happened until they came to Eretz Yisroel. It is very interesting to see how the whole history is recorded in this one kapitel!

The end of the kapitel is “Vayitein Lohem Artzos Goyim,” “Hashem gave the Yidden the land of the nations,” that Hashem took Eretz Yisroel away from the Goyim and gave it to the Yidden, who Hashem planned for it to belong to from the beginning.



Igeres Hakodesh Siman Zayin

“Ashreinu Mah Tov Chelkeinu!” This letter of the Alter Rebbe starts off with those words. It teaches us something very important about having chayus in our mitzvos!

There are two parts of Torah, Niglah and Nistar.

Niglah is the part of Torah that teaches us the mitzvos we need to do, which is mainly what our Guf (body) needs to do.

Nistar helps us learn about Hashem who gave us the Torah, and how we need to serve Hashem with our Neshama. First that was called Kabbalah, and only special people learned it. Then parts of it were called Chassidus, which is for EVERYONE to learn!

Besides for teaching Kabbalah to all of the Yidden, Chassidus answered some very hard questions that even people who knew Kabbalah had before!

One question is how Hashem can be so great that everything is like NOTHING next to Hashem, but at the same time, Hashem is EVERYTHING, and everything is Hashem!

The Alter Rebbe was the first to explain how it can be. He explained that it is called “Ohr Ein Sof,” with a mashal of the sun. (The Rebbe Rashab tells us how special this explanation is, and how it makes many confusing things in Kabbalah make sense!)

The Alter Rebbe uses Ohr Ein Sof in many places to explain lots of parts of Torah!

In this letter, the Alter Rebbe will explain how it gives us a chayus to keep the mitzvos!



Chof-Alef Menachem Av

Today we learn how EVERY Chossid needs to be a Shliach for Chassidus!

Even when we’re busy with other things, we need to be thinking about how we can help Chassidus and Chassidim. And whenever we meet someone, we should try to inspire them to learn Chassidus or come to a farbrengen.



Mitzvas Asei #248

Today we learn the mitzvah again (Mitzvas Asei #248) that we need to follow the halachos about yerusha: When someone passes away (R”L), we learn who gets the things they owned.



Hilchos Nachalos

In today’s Rambam, we learn many halachos about firstborns, and what they get.

In Perek Gimmel, we learn about which things the firstborn gets double of, and which things not. If a father had a lottery ticket, and he won after he passed away, the firstborn doesn’t get a double portion of that. He only gets double from what the father had before he passed away.

Perek Daled teaches us about when what a person says makes a difference for yerusha. One interesting halacha is that whoever the person calls “my son” or “my child” is considered like a child for the yerusha, if he is someone we can trust.

Perek Hey teaches us what to do when we aren’t sure if someone is really the son of the person who passed away. Do they get the yerusha in the case of a sofek?



Hilchos Shechitah - Perek Yud-Beis

In this perek we learn the halachos about not shechting a mother animal and its child on the same day.



Chof Av

It is very interesting that of all of the Torah we still have from R’ Levi Yitzchak, the Rebbe’s father, was from the seforim that were written during his Golus!

The Rebbe says that teaches us something very important — one of the ways that makes our Torah, and especially Chassidus, last — is when it comes from Mesiras Nefesh! When we learn Torah, especially when it is very hard for us, that will make sure that it will stay with us forever!


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Ana B'Koach

In Korbanos, we have the paragraph of Ana B’koach, which we say during many tefillos.

This paragraph is very special and very holy! It was written by R’ Nechunya ben Hakana with deep meanings in Kabbalah. Ana B’koach has 42 words. The first letters of each word together spell out one of Hashem’s holy names!

When we finish reading these words, we say Baruch Sheim, blessing the name of Hashem we just read through the words of Ana B’koach.

Ana B’koach always helps us bring our tefillos up to Hashem. When we say it at the beginning of Shacharis, it helps us elevate our entire davening!



Kavod of a Sefer Torah

One of the ways we show kavod for a Sefer Torah is by standing up when the Torah is being carried.

When the Sefer Torah is being brought to the Bimah or to the Aron Kodesh, we need to stand up out of kavod, and stay standing until the Torah is resting on the Bimah or inside the Aron Kodesh.

If the Torah is being carried somewhere else, we need to stand up until we can’t see it anymore.

See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, siman Chof-Ches, se’if Gimmel

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



Feeling Better from the Churban

The Navi Hoshea warned the Yidden of his time about the Churban, if they wouldn’t do teshuvah. But he also reminded them that Hashem always loves the Yidden, and that we would see that in the times of the Geulah.

The Navi told the Yidden that even though the first and second Beis Hamikdash would be destroyed, Hashem would build a third one in the times of the Geulah. Then the Yidden would feel better from the Churban:

יְחַיֵּינוּ מִיֹּמָיִם בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי יְקִמֵנוּ וְנִחְיֶה לְפָנָיו

Yechayeinu Miyomayim — Hashem will make us feel better again from the two days (from the two times the Beis Hamikdash were destroyed)

Bayom Hashlishi Yekimeinu — On the third day (when the third Beis Hamikdash will be built), He will help us get up

Venichyeh Lefanav — And we will live in front of Hashem.

See Hoshea perek Vov posuk Beis

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