Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hayom Yom, Daily Tehilim and Tanya

7th of Tishrei: Hashgacha Pratit (Seeing G-d's Hand in Creation)

Hayom Yom (7th of Tishrei): "A person who sets his heart and mind to observe all that happens to him and around him, will perceive G‑dliness tangibly in evidence... This form of the service ofteshuva comes from one's perceiving hashgacha p'ratit, (particular Divine Providence)."

Tehilim (39-43): "Behold, like handbreadths You set my days... Then I said, "Behold, I come with a Scroll of the Book written [about] me... May You, Lord, not withhold Your mercies from me; may Your kindness and truth constantly guard me....  By day the Lord ordains His kindness, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life... Send Your light and Your truth, they will guide me; they will bring me to Your holy mountain and to your sanctuaries."

Tanya (Iggeret HaKodesh, middle of Epistle 20): "Likewise,“There is no place — or spiritual level — devoid of Him,” even in this physical world. [The Divine light is present,] however, [only] in an “encompassing” and “encircling” manner — not in a palpable indwelling, but in a concealed transcendence,as this concept (i.e., makkif, or Sovev Kol Almin) is explained in Likutei Amarim."


8th of Tishrei: Modesty/Humility

Hayom Yom (8th of Tishrei): "H - Hatznei'a..., "Walk discreetly with your G‑d," One must take care not to be conspicuous or ostentatious in the slightest... The artfulness lies in seeing that his piety not be noticed at all."

Tehillim (44-48) "... all day long my humiliation is before me, and the shame of my face covers me ... Is it not so that God can examine this, for He knows the secrets of the heart... All the glory of the princess is within; her clothing surpasses settings of gold. In embroidered garments she will be brought to the king; the maidens in her train, her companions, will be led to you."

Tanya (Iggeret HaKodesh, middle of Epistle 20): "... the manner in which both these levels of illumination ultimately radiate within created beings,demonstrates its power and ability, inasmuch as it is a G‑d-ly radiation descending from Malchut of Atzilut, in the Element of the physical Earth in an immense manifestation surpassing [that of] the elements (viz., Fire, Air and Water) that transcend it, and even the heavenly hosts. (...) This is so only because the “feet” of Adam Kadmon culminate at the lowest level of Asiyah, and “below His feet,” i.e., below the lowest levels of Adam Kadmon, radiates the [infinite] Ein Sof-light which encircles (i.e., transcends) all worlds, at the very “place” at which there ceases the indwelling Divine illumination that permeates all the worlds, there begins the “encompassing” degree of Divine light that transcends all the worlds."

9th of Tishrei (Erev Yom Kippur): 

Hayom Yom (9th of Tishrei): "On Erev Yom Kippur the avoda is remorse for the past; on Yom Kippur - resolve for the future."

Tehilim (49-55): "Why am I afraid in times of trouble? [Because] the sins I trod upon surround me... but [all] will praise you if you better yourself... Offer confession as a sacrifice to God, and fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call to Me on the day of distress; I will free you, and you will honor Me... He who offers a sacrifice of confession honors Me; and to him who sets right his way, I will show the deliverance of God... Be gracious to me, O God, in keeping with Your kindness; in accordance with Your abounding compassion, erase my transgressions. Cleanse me thoroughly of my wrongdoing, and purify me of my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You alone have I sinned, and done that which is evil in Your eyes; [forgive me] so that You will be justified in Your verdict, vindicated in Your judgment. Indeed, I was begotten in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Indeed, You desire truth in the innermost parts; teach me the wisdom of concealed things. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be pure; cleanse me and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear [tidings of] joy and gladness; then the bones which You have shattered will rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and erase all my trespasses. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew within me an upright spirit... I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You... The offering [desirable] to God is a contrite spirit; a contrite and broken heart, God, You do not disdain."

Tanya (Iggeret HaKodesh, middle of Epistle 20): "There are, though, some [plants, trees and fruit] that result from a [prior] “elevation of mayin nukvin,” i.e., whose seeds serve as the above-mentioned arousal from below which calls forth the power of vegetative growth within the earth, namely, those which are sown and planted.

Nevertheless, these [too] are like yesh me’ayin, for the planted seed is of no estimation whatever in relation to the fruit, nor in relation to the whole tree with the branches and leaves.

Now, these fruits that [grow] by means of an “elevation of mayin nukvin,” i.e., by sowing and planting, are far, far superior to those that come up independently, only from the vegetative property in the soil.

And from this we will be able to understand [the concept of] the elicitation of the Supernal orot, the Divine illuminations, [that are drawn down] in the Worlds of Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah and Asiyah, (which is the ultimate purpose for the creation of man), as is explained elsewhere."


10th of Tishrei (Yom Kippur):

Hayom Yom (10th of Tishrei): On Yom Kippur it works out that we actually fast 26 hours.

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