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Parshas Korach - Shvi'i with Rashi

Today we learn about the presents that we give to the Leviim.

The Leviim get the Maaser from the food the Yidden grow.

Just like the Kohanim, the Leviim don’t get a part of Eretz Yisroel.

We also learn that when the Leviim get their Maaser, they need to give a Maaser of that, to the Kohanim! They can’t eat the Maaser until they give the “Maaser ShebeMaaser” to the Kohanim.

The Leviim need to make sure that all of the other presents of the Kohanim were given before they eat their Maaser.



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Today’s Tehillim is kapitelach Yud-Ches to Chof-Beis.

In Kapitel Chof-Beis, Dovid Hamelech says, “Becho Bot’chu Avoseinu” — “our fathers trusted in You, and You saved them.” Dovid Hamelech is telling us that we learn from our ancestors that having bitachon is what BRINGS the yeshuah (salvation) from Hashem!

There is a famous story of a chossid who came to the Tzemach Tzedek. His child was very very sick and the doctors couldn’t do anything about it. The chossid ran right away to the Rebbe and told him what happened.

The Tzemach Tzedek told this chossid, “Tracht Gut Vet Zain Gut!” This means to have bitachon in Hashem that everything will be good — and then it really will be good!

A person might not deserve that Hashem should give him good things, for whatever reason. Still, the Rebbe explains in a sicha, since we are connected to Hashem and have bitachon — together with our davening and good hachlatos — Hashem will for sure give us everything we need!



Shaar Hayichud Veha'emunah Perek Tes

We are not mekubalim, so we don’t understand how the Sefiros come to be. But everyone has Emunah to know that Hashem is Echad!

We talk about Hashem’s Chochma and Hashem’s Chesed, but that is only the way we see Hashem AFTER Tzimtzum, after Hashem hid Himself enough to make the world.

But the way Hashem REALLY is, without Tzimtzum, we can’t talk about Hashem’s Chochmah or Chesed! That’s like what we said yesterday — it’s like saying “you can’t touch what you’re thinking about because it’s too hard to understand.” What a silly way to think!

Calling Hashem “Chochom” when we’re talking about Hashem before Tzimtzum is just as silly!

All of this is hard to understand. But we know one thing: We ALL have EMUNAH that Hashem is one! Everything we know about Hashem — His Torah, mitzvos, the world He created and hid in (where we’ll see Him soon when Moshiach comes) — all of this is one! Even though Hashem hid in a way that it looks like there are many different things, with our Koach of Emunah we know that Hashem is EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE — Hashem is ONE!



Gimmel Tammuz

The Rebbe Maharash said:

A Yiddishe krechtz that comes from something that is not good B’Gashmius is also a great level of teshuvah. This is especially true when the krechtz comes from something that is not good B’Ruchnius. Then it is most certainly a proper teshuvah! The krechtz pulls the person out of being in a not-good place B’Ruchnius, and puts him into a good place.

When we realize that we are in a situation that isn’t good, we realize something is wrong, and we say “Oy vey! This is not how things should be” — that’s teshuvah!

This Hayom Yom is very similar to the hora’ah that the Rebbe teaches us in the maamar Ve’ata Tetzaveh, that a Yid needs to feel hurt that we are in Golus. We need to cry out to Hashem to bring the Geulah — Ad Mosai! In today’s Hayom Yom we see that this krechtz is already a big step in getting where we need to be!



Shiur #309 - Mitzvas Asei #246, #248

In today’s Sefer Hamitzvos, we learn the same mitzvah one last time, and then we learn a new mitzvah that we will learn over and over again!

1) (Mitzvas Asei #246) When people have an argument about money or other things a person can have, the Beis Din needs to pasken the way the Torah teaches.

2) (Mitzvas Asei #248) We also learn a new mitzvah: When someone passes away, who gets their things (yerusha)? We need to follow the rules in the Torah — including that the firstborn gets double!



Hilchos To'ein Venit'an - Nachlos

In today’s Rambam we finish learning the halachos about people arguing in Beis Din.

Perek Tes-Zayin: The Rambam teaches us about when the Beis Din shouldn’t trust someone — like if someone was a witness for another person selling a field, he can’t later come to the Beis Din and say that the field was stolen from him! If the field had really been stolen from him, he wouldn’t have been a witness for the other person selling it.

The last halacha of this set teaches us to be very careful not to lie in Beis Din, even when it is to get the money back to the right people!

We start a new set of halachos today, halachos about nachalos — who gets someone’s things after they pass away? The halacha is that usually it goes to the children, with the firstborn getting double!

Perek Alef teaches us how to figure out who gets the yerusha. Usually a yerusha is passed down father to son. If there are no sons, it gets passed down to the daughter.

In Perek Beis, we learn that the firstborn son gets a double portion of the yerusha! We see how many sons there are, add one to that number, and divide up the yerusha in that many equal parts. The oldest gets two of those parts, and the rest of the sons get one.



Hilchos Metamei Mishkav U'Moshav - Perek Yud-Beis

The Rambam tells us the halachos of what happens if an Am Ha’aretz watches something tahor for another person — do we say that those things probably became tomei?



Gimmel Tammuz

What is a Rebbe?

This question is answered in a letter the Rebbe wrote on Gimmel Tammuz, Tof-Shin-Yud, after the histalkus of the Frierdiker Rebbe.

In the letter it is explained that a Rebbe is important for every Yid! The Rebbe brings down all of the kochos and brachos for all of the Yidden of his generation.

The neshamos of all of the Yidden are like one big guf. A Rebbe (which stands for the words “Rosh Bnei Yisrael,” head of the Yidden) is like the head.

Just like a head has the chayus for the whole body, the Rebbe brings the chayus of Hashem to the rest of the Yidden.

The Rebbe’s job is to make sure that his generation has what it needs to do its special shlichus. The Rebbe davens to Hashem and gives brachos and help in Gashmius. The Rebbe also helps us to know how to serve Hashem, and strengthens the emunah of the Yidden of his dor.

The shlichus of this generation is, as the Rebbe told us, to bring the Geulah. The Rebbe makes sure we have everything we need to fulfill our shlichus to bring Moshiach now!

When we have proper hiskashrus to the Rebbe, by learning his Torah and following his horaos, we will be a good keli to receive all of these brachos.

From a letter of the Rebbe, Gimmel Tammuz Tof-Shin-Yud (Hebrew or English)


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Vesechezenah Eineinu

In Biur Tefillah we will learn a part of the maamar Ve’ata Tetzaveh, which many Chassidim have a minhag to learn on Gimmel Tammuz. This piece helps us understand the importance of the bracha Vesechezenah Eineinu, which we say every day — weekdays, Shabbos, and Yom Tov — in Shemoneh Esrei.

In the maamar of Ve’ata Tetzaveh, the Rebbe explains why it is so important to say this bracha in Shemoneh Esrei.

Even though we are in Golus, there are Boruch Hashem many Yidden who are not suffering very much. A Yid might feel that he has most of what he needs in Gashmius — he has a house and a car, enough money for the things he needs, pretty good health, and some nachas too! He might also feel happy with his Ruchnius — he is able to have kavana when he davens many times, and does his best to follow Shulchan Aruch.

But deep down inside of every Yid, there is an Etzem Haneshama, the deepest part of the neshama. The Etzem Haneshama of a Yid is hurting and feels crushed that there is no Gilui Elokus (being able to see Hashem), like there was in the Beis Hamikdash.

This bothers a Yid so much that every time he stands before Hashem in Shemoneh Esrei, he asks Hashem that “Vesechezenah Eineinu,” that our eyes should be able to see Hashem again in the Beis Hamikdash. At least three times a day, he asks that there should be a Gilui Elokus.

Where do we get the koach to want this so badly? It comes from Moshe Rabbeinu, and the Moshe of every generation, the Rebbe. It is the Moshe of each generation that connects the etzem of a Yid’s neshama with Hashem, which makes us feel how much Golus hurts and how much we want Moshiach to come.

When we ask Hashem for the Geulah with our Etzem Haneshama, we can be sure that in this zechus we will deserve to have the Geulah now!

See Maamar Ve’ata Tetzaveh, Purim Katan Tof-Shin-Nun-Beis (Hebrew or English)



Minhagei Gimmel Tammuz

We are learning some of the minhagim that the Rebbe taught should be done on Yud Shevat, the Yom Hilula of the Frierdiker Rebbe. Based on this, many Chassidim also follow these minhagim on Gimmel Tammuz.

These minhagim help us be keilim for the kedusha of a Yom Hilula:

- We say a perek of Tanya before Shacharis, and after Mincha.

- We learn the last maamar the Rebbe gave us, “Ve’Ata Tetzaveh,” a little bit at a time.

- We tell stories about the Rebbe and about the Rebbe’s Ahavas Yisroel for every Yid.

- We say Mishnayos that start with the letters of the Rebbe’s name.

- We make a farbrengen.

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



We Want Moshiach Now!

A few months after the histalkus of the Frierdiker Rebbe, on Shavuos in the year Tof-Shin-Yud, a group of chassidim were at a farbrengen with the Rebbe.

The Rebbe said, about the Frierdiker Rebbe: “Hashem should help us that the Rebbe should come in a Gashmius’dike guf and take us out of Golus!”

The Rebbe explained that even though the Zohar does say that Techiyas Hameisim will be after Moshiach comes, the Zohar also says that certain special people will have Techiyas Hameisim BEFORE Moshiach.

So we ask Hashem that the Rebbe should come in a Gashmius’dike guf and bring us to the Geulah Sheleima! May this happen immediately, Amen Kein Yehi Ratzon!

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